Mary’s Corner: How Social Media Can Be A Good Thing

July 16, 2014
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By: Mary Cordova Earlier this week, I talked about how social media can be a bad thing and especially where our elders are concerned. We are social beings! The fact that people are more attached to their than they are to loved ones (by feeling more socially in sync with text messages than phone calls) seems, to me, to be a misguided priority. Technology is building towards immediacy and while having rapid answers can be a good thing (as I’ll address in this article), it can also be a bad thing. There are some things you need to take slow and as the Baby Boomers retire and need to find senior... Read more >>

Mary’s Corner: How Social Media Can Be A Bad Thing

July 15, 2014
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By: Mary Cordova Social Media has a lot of uses. You can stay in touch with your fellow college graduates or friends from a state you moved from long ago, it can also save lives (but I’ll save that for later this week). I just want to keep people’s minds open about social media, when it’s a good thing and when it can be a bad thing. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram… These social medias are not going away and each of them has their uses – I’m never going to deny that – but there’s an increasing number of people that don’t simply use these tools, but abuse them . Undoubtedly, one of... Read more >>

New Alzheimer’s Research is a “Technical Tour de Force”

July 11, 2014
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By: Kecia Lilly This is great news… but preceded by some bad news, but it’s okay, because we’ll finish this article strong. There’s a lot of funding being funneled into Alzheimer’s research – and for good reason. 44 million people (in the world) are suffering from dementia and by 2050 that number is expected to triple. This is a crisis as it’s a neurodegenerative disorder and retirement ages are growing and the caregiver/senior care industry is running low on employees. To take care of elders with dementia, the global cost is approximately $600 billion (Source: Alzheimer’s Society ). Okay, so... Read more >>

Care Advisors’ Stories: Sometimes it Takes an Intervention for Senior Care (Part 2)

July 9, 2014
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By: Kathy Kappler Recap As we mentioned in the previous blog , we had just held an intervention for a woman in her mid-80s who, at this point, had had two falls in two years and family, friends, and doctors agreed that she needed to move into a senior care community. After hosting an intervention, she agreed to tour some facilities. Sometimes it Takes an Intervention for Senior Care We toured the studio in the assisted living apartment that originally appealed to her. Upon seeing it, everyone agreed, that it was the perfect location, price, and amenities to suit her lifestyle. Immediately,... Read more >>

Care Advisors’ Stories: Sometimes it Takes an Intervention for Senior Care (Part 1)

July 7, 2014
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By: Kathy Kappler I was working with a woman in her mid-80s who lived alone in a mobile home elderly community. She was smart, spry, and in good health. However, one year, she had a pretty serious fall, ended up going to a rehabilitation center for a while and then back to her mobile home. Most people would leave it at that – a fluke. Next year however, she fell again which resulted in her being hospitalized and then she continued to recuperate in an extended rehabilitation stay. Interestingly, she still wasn’t convinced that she needed senior care, but felt more alone to return home. One of... Read more >>

What is Hippocampal Sparing Alzheimer’s Disease?

July 3, 2014
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By: Kecia Lilly We’ve mentioned in the past how Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a default diagnosis . What this means is, seniors are only diagnosed with AD when their cause of dementia can be nothing else. This is why research is so pivotal and why many centers are dedicating studies to this disease. 70% of dementia cases are caused by Alzheimers, but (as this article suggests) there may be subdivisions of that disease as well. What is Hippocampal Sparing Alzheimer’s Disease? According to Mayo Clinic researchers , Hippocampal Sparing Alzheimer’s (HSP) is a subtype of AD and researchers have... Read more >>

Care Advisor's Stories: What is the Meaning of a John Hancock?

June 30, 2014
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By: Brian Prouty Red, White and Blue. Apple Pie. Back yard BBQ’s and roasting s’mores over the fire. These are a few images that come to my mind when thinking about the 4 th of July. We can’t forget the suburban and small town parades, jumping in the pool, and playing ball in the yard. But there are many more images of this iconic holiday that are not tangible. There are so many memories that I have of my family and friends over the years. Getting together for an annual BBQ with the family, going out to a fireworks show with friends, and watching summer glow on my kids’ faces as we celebrate... Read more >>

4 Tips on How to Celebrate the Fourth of July with a Senior Suffering Memory Loss

June 29, 2014
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By: Cheri Perez If you have a senior suffering memory loss then you already know how challenging it can be to take care of them. Many of our elders forget their whereabouts, forget the situation, or worse forget you. This can lead to drastic mood swings, personality changes, and all of it culminates into stress – which is NEVER good for the body. On the Fourth of July – THE day of Great American History – it can be doubly challenging when your elder is suddenly hearing thunderously loud popping noises and fireworks blowing to smithereens in the air. So question becomes: If you have a senior... Read more >>

Care Advisors' Stories: From Independence to Dependents

June 28, 2014
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By: Daylee Greene When I was 18 years old, I applied for my first senior industry job; I wanted to get involved in the senior housing and elder care industry. A friend of mine had recently earned her certified nursing assistant license through a program at a local nursing home. The thought of helping elders while also making a whopping $7.35 an hour was too good an offer for me to pass up. I contacted the facility and inquired about joining the same program. During the interview process, the director of nursing, Leslie, took me on a tour of the building. She showed me the rooms, the kitchen,... Read more >>

Common Questions About Dementia

June 20, 2014
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What Causes Dementia? Dementia is one of the main reasons family caregivers end up moving their parents and loved ones into senior housing facilities. As we’ve mention in previous posts , dementia is a cluster of symptoms – not a cause. Some of the symptoms are behavioral changes (e.g. mood swings), confusion/frustration, memory loss or forgetfulness, and in some cases impaired judgment. What causes dementia is any number of things. Some dementias are caused by taking the wrong drugs at the wrong time, hormone imbalance issues, injury, or various diseases – most commonly Alzheimer’s Disease... Read more >>