Fire Safety for People with Dementia

Because of the way dementia affects the brain, people with the disease are at greater risk for self-injury than the general population. Not only does dementia cause memory loss, but it also impacts the parts of the brain that control reasoning and problem-solving. People don’t just forget they’ve turned on the stove; they may also […]

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Providing Long-term Care? You May Need Respite!

When a person needs long-term care due to illness, special needs, or old age, family members are often the first line of defense for providing the care that person requires.  Typically the goal is to keep the person at home as long as possible rather than transitioning them to an assisted living or nursing home.  […]

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Memory Care Innovations

Within the next 20 years, the need for memory care housing options will become more necessary than ever. Beginning in 2016 the youngest Baby Boomers began to turn 70 (2.5 million of them that year alone), and the youngest boomers are all over age 50. With advancing age comes an increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease […]

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High-intensity Interval Training Promotes Healthy Aging

The health benefits of exercise are well-established for people of all ages. The benefits from eating healthy and having a proper exercise routine are also well-established. However, only recently has research been conducted about which type of exercise best counters the aging process in older adults. Last year, a study published in Cell Metabolism by […]

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Protecting Older Adults Against Identity Theft

Major data breaches in recent months have illustrated that all of us, regardless of age, are susceptible to identity theft. But older adults can be even more vulnerable to identity theft than others. Identity theft involves a criminal stealing personal identifying information to create a new identity or to steal money from the victim. Older […]

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Securely Storing Your Estate Planning Documents

Once you have worked with an attorney to get your estate planning documents in place (your Last Will and Testament, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, Trusts, and any other legal documents), it is important to ensure that they are kept in a safe place and accessible to anyone needing to carry out their instructions.  Here […]

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Is There a Link Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease?

One in three Americans do not get enough sleep, and 45% of the remaining world’s population doesn’t either. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls that a “public health problem,” because disrupted sleep is associated with a higher risk of physical and mental conditions including diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. There is evidence […]

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Adapting to Chaos

Have you ever been so deeply immersed in a situation that you couldn’t recognize how bad it was until after the fact?  Think about past jobs or relationships that ended.  Did you find yourself months or even years later thinking, “How could I have ever imagined that would work out?” “Why didn’t I listen to […]

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People with Dementia Aren’t Children – So Don’t Treat Them That Way

It is easy to think of a person with a dementia diagnosis as being “child-like.”  After all, many of the behaviors associated with dementia – mood swings, tantrums, irrationality, forgetfulness, and vocabulary problems, for example – are similar to behaviors exhibited by young children.  These surface-level similarities lead many caregivers of people with dementia to […]

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Skilled Care vs. Custodial or Long-term Care

It isn’t unusual for families to feel confused about the different types of care that their loved ones may need when entering a care facility. The words used for different types of care are similar. Understanding the differences between different types of care and how that care is funded can be very helpful when making […]

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