Dementia

7 Ways to Get Involved During Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Senior and adult child hugging

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. It is an ideal time to pause and reflect on the millions of Americans who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and the individuals who are caring for them. It is also a time for caregivers, friends and families to show their support and get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 

Why? Because, today, Alzheimer’s affects 47.5 million people worldwide – with 7.7 million new cases diagnosed every year. It is the fifth-leading cause of death for those over 65.

Rehab and Recovery: The Vital Role of Speech Therapy After a Stroke

Senior completing speech therapy exercises

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and an ideal time to learn more about strokes, and how they can be recognized quickly and treated through medical intervention and rehabilitation.   

Nutrition for Seniors: 7 Expert Strategies to Keep You in Good Health

March is National Nutrition Month, and it’s the perfect time for senior adults, and those who love them, to consider the vital importance of nutrition and diet in healthy aging.

While a healthy, nutritious diet is critical to the good health of all age groups, proper nutrition is especially important to the well-being of seniors.

Having “The Talk” About Dementia and Driving

Having “The Talk” About Dementia and Driving

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, his or her personal safety becomes a top priority for family members. And according to the Family Caregiver Alliance, “One of the greatest concerns that families and caregivers face is whether or not that person should drive.” 

How to Keep Your Loved One with Memory Loss Safe: The Value of ID Bracelets

Keeping a loved one with memory loss safe is one of the greatest challenges at-home caregivers face today. Memory loss authorities at the Alzheimer’s Association® advise that wandering and the risks it presents for loved ones getting lost or injured is one of the foremost safety challenges.

5 Ways Caregivers Can Avoid Guilt When Using Respite Care

Today, caregiver guilt is a common theme for many individuals who devote themselves to caring for a loved one in need. Caregiver guilt can manifest itself in different ways, but typically comes from a common source – the feeling that you are not doing enough to care for your loved one or you are not doing it well enough. 

How Often Should You Visit an Aging Parent in Memory Care?

Two younger women kissing an older woman on the cheek

Not surprisingly, adult children with aging parents in memory care frequently have anxiety and questions about visiting their loved ones. Common concerns include: Will mom/dad even know who I am? What should I say? Do my visits have any value? How often should I visit mom/dad in memory care?

Why Putting Off Respite Care Hurts Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

Why Putting Off Respite Care Hurts

Today, respite care offers busy and often overstressed family caregivers the opportunity to relax, decompress and re-energize while their loved ones receive professional care. Respite care also provides an ideal caregiving solution for loved ones when caregivers need to be away for business or vacation. 

Tips for Healthy Aging: Better Sleep Means Less Chance of Dementia

Healthy Aging Insights: The Link Between Sleep and Dementia

We’ve always known that a good night’s sleep is good for our physical and emotional health. Getting enough “zzzzz”s makes us feel refreshed, alert and ready for the day.  

“Recent research studies also suggest that there is a dangerous downside to not getting sufficient sleep,” says Susan Irrgang, RN, LNHA, Executive Director at Saunders House in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

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