Archive for the ‘Senior Health’ Category

Treating Behavioral Issues Without Drugs May Be Best in Dementia Care

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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The latest recommendations issued by the Alzheimer’s Association for dementia care are in: using individually-based, non-medication treatment options are best to manage behavioral issues associated with dementia. When behaviors change in an individual and a person exhibits sundowning, agitation, aggression, and wandering, the goal is to steer away from available medications aimed at modulating these behaviors, such as anti-psychotics, which can result in serious health complications and even death in those with dementia. Continue reading “Treating Behavioral Issues Without Drugs May Be Best in Dementia Care” »

Senior Malnourishment: A Common, But Often Undetected Problem

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Elderly asian woman bored with foodRemember weekend dinners at Grandma and Grandpa’s, when the whole family came together around the table to share a hearty meal, conversations, and laughter? Regrettably, with many families now living at a distance from their older family members, along with so many pressing needs pulling us in numerous directions, it’s hard to keep on with this tradition – and it could be one of the many factors leading to the dramatic rise in senior malnutrition. Continue reading “Senior Malnourishment: A Common, But Often Undetected Problem” »

Is an Alzheimer’s Cure on the Horizon?

Posted on: April 5th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Neurology QuestionsThose of us who follow the latest research in the search for an Alzheimer’s cure are all too familiar with the troublesome amyloid plaques thought to be linked to Alzheimer’s. But could it possibly be that those plaques are actually beneficial? Continue reading “Is an Alzheimer’s Cure on the Horizon?” »

Guidelines to Improve Brain Health

Posted on: March 16th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior man eating vegetables on patioThe remarkable research of the latest AARP study is in: those that maintain a balanced and healthy diet are twice as likely to consider their brain health and functionality to be very good or excellent compared to people who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet abundant with fish, vegetables & fruits equated to better brain health. Continue reading “Guidelines to Improve Brain Health” »

Feeling Intimidated About Visiting Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease? These Tips Can Help.

Posted on: March 12th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Spending time with grandmaIt can be just a little intimidating to understand what to say and just how to behave when spending time with a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. And, sadly, because of a few inherent symptoms of the disease, commonly family and friends feel so uncomfortable they avoid visiting with the person at all. Understanding more information on Alzheimer’s and things to anticipate, and preparing in advance about how to best manage challenging behaviors, often helps. Continue reading “Feeling Intimidated About Visiting Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease? These Tips Can Help.” »

Family Caregiver Tips: How to Make Every Day a Great Day!

Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Beautiful Woman“It just hasn’t been a good day,” we sometimes mourn, shrugging our shoulders hopelessly. Naturally, occasionally things happen that are totally out of your control, plus some days they seem to happen at exactly the same time – making us wish we’d made the decision to simply stay in bed! This can be especially true if you’re a family caregiver feeling overwhelmed by the many tasks and responsibilities of the day. Nevertheless, there are actually steps we can all choose to adopt to turn those difficult days around, and also find purpose and meaning within our challenging experiences. Continue reading “Family Caregiver Tips: How to Make Every Day a Great Day!” »

Top New Technologies for Persons with Vision Loss

Posted on: February 15th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Blind person holding white caneImpacting millions of Americans, vision loss is as varied as the people who experience it – from simply the need to don a pair of reading glasses to scan through the morning newspaper, to complete blindness. And it’s a lot more prevalent in older adults, with one out of every three seniors over age 65 experiencing some type of  eye disease that affects vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, as well as others. Thankfully, just like a lot of other challenging conditions, technology continues to explode with options to improve total well-being for many experiencing vision problems. Just take a glance at a few of the vision enhancement tools that are already available to help fight vision loss: Continue reading “Top New Technologies for Persons with Vision Loss” »

Common Phrases to Avoid with Aging Parents and What to Say Instead

Posted on: February 5th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Shocking news.Honesty is always the best policy, right? However, there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, particularly when communicating with aging loved ones. Although we might have the very best of intentions in attempting to help aging parents and other older adults navigate life, we are able to help alleviate problems with hurt feelings in our loved ones by rethinking statements like the following: Continue reading “Common Phrases to Avoid with Aging Parents and What to Say Instead” »

Dividing the Cost of Senior Care Fairly with Family

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Mature women talkingDo you recall how hard it could be when you were young to learn the lesson of sharing with your siblings? Though the incredible importance of thinking about other people’s feelings, in addition to being fair, was impressed upon us while very young, it may still be a hurdle to lessen sibling squabbles regarding stressful decisions we confront in adulthood – such as how you can fairly divide the cost of senior care fairly for our aging parents. Continue reading “Dividing the Cost of Senior Care Fairly with Family” »

Anosognosia and Dementia: When Alzheimer’s Patients are in Denial

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Cheryl Richard Mann
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Senior man sitting on sofa, denying he has dementia“I do NOT have Alzheimer’s disease! There’s nothing wrong with me!”

If perhaps you have listened to a senior loved one with dementia frustratingly voice this or perhaps a matching sentiment, you might have believed that individual was simply in denial and reluctant to accept a difficult diagnosis. The truth is, however, that oftentimes those with Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions are experiencing anosognosia – an unawareness of their impairment. Continue reading “Anosognosia and Dementia: When Alzheimer’s Patients are in Denial” »