The Worries of a Family Caregiver

December 20, 2014
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There’s a story about a psychologist you may remember. In the story, the psychologist is holding a glass of water among her peers. It isn’t long before people start wisecracking about whether it’s half-full or half-empty. The psychologist holding the glass of water asks her fellow colleagues how much water they believe is in the glass. The answers range from 6 to 12 ounces, but after the guesses, the psychologist tells them that the amount of water doesn’t matter… “It doesn’t matter how much the glass weighs, what matters is how long I hold on to it. If I hold on to it for a few seconds, it’s... Read more >>

What is the Best Christmas Gift for Seniors?

December 18, 2014
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Presence – no, that’s not a typo. Ironically, the best Christmas gift you can provide for seniors is simply your presence. Elders on the Holidays As we grow older, we see our parents less frequently and more on a holiday-by-holiday basis. For many of us, marriage is in the cards, and when that happens, the annual visits can grow to be bi-annual if you’re trying to balance each other’s families out. It’s even worse if you have siblings because then if you can visit one year, but your siblings are going, then you may feel like your presence isn’t wholly necessary. Visits become more and more... Read more >>

The Tragic Truth of Generational Caregiving

December 17, 2014
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There’s a short, moral story you may have heard of by Usha Bansal called The Wooden Bowl . The story features an elder who comes to live with his son, spouse, and grandson. The son is agitated by his father’s presence and only grows more irritable the more care and attention his father needs. The breaking point is at the dinner table when the elder continues to spill peas and break glasses as he’s incapable of holding anything steady. The son sets up a table in the corner of kitchen with wooden utensils and sends his father to eat there for all his meals. This continues for several days until... Read more >>

Why Adult Care Homes are Family Homes

December 12, 2014
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Essentially, Adult Care Homes (or Adult Family Homes) are family homes because a limited number of seniors live in a household with private (or semi-private) and a shared common area. Think of the social setting as a college dormitory where you have a handful of people living under the same roof with shared amenities and space, but your own privacy. However, let me stress to think of the social setting as a college dormitory and not the look and feel as dorms are hardly the golden standard for cleanliness and provided amenities. Adult Family Home Real Estate Everyone wants a house that’s good... Read more >>

Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for Assisted Living

December 11, 2014
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By: Brian Prouty When I first sit down with a family and begin speaking to them about senior housing and care options, we discuss what type of setting is going to be the most appropriate; this includes: Retirement Communities , Assisted Living , Assisted Living with Memory Care , and Adult Family Homes . Then, we discuss what defines each setting and the differences between them. The likelihood that the family has never been to one of these senior living options is high . But why would they visit of their own accord? Unless another family member has gone through this journey before, it's... Read more >>

The Ratchet Effect and Seniors with Dementia

December 8, 2014
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By: Kecia Lilly In the past, if you’ve experienced caring for a senior with dementia, then you know this first hand; if however, you’re in the process (or going to be) caring for an elder with dementia, you’ll learn this soon enough. Caring for a senior with dementia is a lot like the Ratchet Effect . It’s not something we like to think about (much like senior care), but it’s true. Eventually, during your tenure as the primary caregiver, you’ll discover the needs of your senior increase beyond your control – that’s usually when people find us. What is the Ratchet Effect The Ratchet Effect... Read more >>

Senior Citizens and Mesothelioma

December 5, 2014
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Mesothelioma is a life-threatening illness that’s primarily caused by exposure to asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral that was once used heavily by many industries for its heat and fire-resistant properties. Although anyone at any age can develop an illness from asbestos, senior citizens face a heightened risk , as older people today have, at some point, been exposed to asbestos decades ago when it was used in extremely large amounts. Asbestos in Older Homes A large number of senior citizens still live in the homes they purchased many decades ago. This means many people are living in... Read more >>

5 Activities to Increase Brain Plasticity

December 4, 2014
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By: Heather Souve What is Plasticity? Plasticity is essentially the brain’s adaptability; it’s ability to learn new skills and change. When we’re younger, our brain changes in a positive direction – in fact, we continue an upwards trajectory into our 30s. However, by mid-30s, our brain changes in a negative direction and begins to degrade. However, you can prevent this by taking up complex, mentally stimulating activities. Here’s a list of 5 activities for your brain that you may not realize are good for you! 1. Learn a Language Even though it’s easier to learn a language while you’re younger... Read more >>

News: Back on Track! Re-righting Wheelchairs

December 3, 2014
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By: Kecia Lilly There are innumerable ways to live a healthy life, but the two caveats to longevity are proper diet and regular exercise. There’s a third that can come across as a bit wishy-washy, despite the research to back it up and that’s living stress-free . With those three in mind, if your elder is confined to a wheelchair then you know a “healthy life” is not easy to maintain. Dieting is one thing, but cooking is another. And most countertops and kitchens are built for people who stand fully erect. Meanwhile, exercise routines need to change. Now, there are numerous sports and... Read more >>

Mary's Corner: Music Treatment for Dementia

November 26, 2014
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By: Mary Cordova If your loved one suffers from dementia, there's a very real possibility that -- at some point -- you'll no longer be able to communicate with them. There's a flood of emotions that come with this, not the least of which is the frustration that you'll never be able to know what they do understand you. Yes, dementia is a gradual symptom, but when you're enmeshed in the caregiving routine, you can lose track of time and not realize they've progressed to the next stage. Or, if your elder is in a senior living community or even at home receiving care, then it may have been awhile... Read more >>