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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MS: A Care Coordinated Approach

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines Multiple Sclerosis as “an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can range from relatively benign to somewhat disabling to devastating, as communication between the brain and the other parts of the body is disrupted.”  Uncertainty and the sometimes early age of onset […]

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Driving Mobility Affects Seniors’ Social Lives and Overall Health

According to a recent study, elderly drivers who stop driving and have no transportation alternatives become less socially active and risk isolation. This can lead to a decline in both physical and mental health.Teja Pristavec, a sociology researcher at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, sought to determine the effect of driving mobility on the […]

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The Therapeutic Effect of Music for Dementia

Singer/songwriter Glen Campbell, the original Rhinestone Cowboy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 after several years of cognitive decline. Despite his diagnosis, he was able to continue to write music and perform live for more than a year. In interviews, Glen’s neurologist stated that music helped with his cognitive function, staving off symptoms of […]

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“Smart” Utensils Help Those with Tremor Feed Themselves

According to the American Academy of Neurology, approximately 10 million Americans suffer from tremor.  Tremor, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, is defined as “unintentional rhythmic muscle movements involving to-and-fro movements (oscillations) of one or more parts of the body.  It is the most common of all involuntary movements and can […]

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The Importance of Social Interaction for Seniors

Among many obvious contributors to poor health in the elderly – such as lifestyle, past injuries, or limited access to medical care – there is one factor which may not be immediately obvious but has a significant impact on overall health:  isolation.  With old age comes an increased risk of isolation as the older adult […]

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Scam Alert: Caller ID Spoofing

The State Bar of Arizona has recently circulated a warning about a type of telephone scam which uses caller ID “spoofing.”  In this type of scam, the scammer disguises his or her number to trick the target into thinking he or she is speaking with a trustworthy person, such as a police officer or attorney. […]

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End of Life Decisions: Know Your Options

Life Care Planning is what we do at Elder Law of East Tennessee.  The focus is always on getting good care and maximizing our clients’ quality of life.  Unfortunately the effects of some diseases become overwhelmingly incapacitating, painful, or emotionally intolerable.  The suffering is too great.  Our clients or their closest loved ones begin to […]

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November is National Alzheimer’s Month and National Family Caregivers Month

In this season in which we celebrate family, togetherness, and years of happy memories, it is perhaps appropriate that we also celebrate November as both National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.  Although there is much to be grateful for, this time of year can be especially difficult for those whose memories are […]

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