8 Things to Do When You First Learn Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s

Whether you’ve suspected the diagnosis for ages or it’s come as a shock, absorbing the reality ahead of you can be a sobering — but critical — process.

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Continuing Care Communities: A Big Investment With Catches

Are you (or your aging parent) the kind of person who likes to plan for all contingencies? Then you might want to consider a continuing care retirement community–a development that usually includes independent apartments or town homes for spry seniors; assisted living units for those who need some help; plus a nursing home.

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End-Stage Alzheimer’s Patients Often Hospitalized Unnecessarily

Almost one in every five patients with advanced Alzheimer’s or other form of severe dementia will be shuttled from a nursing home to a hospital during their last few months of life, a new U.S. study shows.

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Push Underway to Cut Drugs for Dementia Patients

Antipsychotics are meant primarily to help control hallucinations, delusions and other abnormal behavior in people suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but they’re also given to hundreds of thousands of elderly nursing home patients in the U.S. to pacify aggressive and paranoid behavior related to dementia.

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What are the Current Standings with Alzheimer’s Research?

Alzheimer’s is all over the news. It has always been an incredibly debilitating disease that has affected most American families in one form or another. At the very least, everyone has “heard” of someone afflicted, whether or not they were connected personally. Scientists have been unsuccessful in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. Doctors can generally make a correct diagnosis of Alzheimer’s based on the symptoms a person exhibits, however a definitive diagnosis of whether or

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Why Aging Parents are Reluctant to Move

For adult children with aging parents, broaching the subject of moving from the family home can be incredibly difficult. When children live a great distance away, it makes medical issues that may arise much more difficult (and expensive) to deal with. Though moving to an Assisted Living setting may seem like a logical step, be prepared to face resistance. Understand that there may be fear behind that resistance to move. Those fears can include loss of memories, loss of independence, loss of friends and neighbors, and fear of mortality.

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Many Seniors Leave the Hospital Without Their Meds

Senior citizens with chronic medical issues often leave the hospital without prescriptions for the medicines they were getting for their illness — a move that may raise their risk of landing in the emergency room or even dying, a study said.

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Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

If we don’t even know how we get Alzheimer’s, how can we possibly know how to prevent it?

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South Florida Nursing Homes Squeezed by Medicare Cuts

The nation’s nursing homes are facing a $4 billion drop in annual payments from Medicare. The cuts affect reimbursement fees for what’s known as “post-acute care” for seniors at skilled nursing facilities.

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The 7 Deadly Emotions of Caregiving

Nobody would ever choose a smiley face as the perfect symbolic emoticon for a caregiver. Caregiving for an ailing loved one is just too stressful — often triggering damaging emotions that can not only undermine your good work but harm your health, as well.

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10 Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

Caring for an aging parent may be the highest calling of your life. But it also can rob you of time, money, and your own experiences. In some cases, these personal sacrifices can create bitterness and regret, causing ill will toward the very people you love and have pledged to help.

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What You Don’t Know About Mom-The Value of a Geriatric Assessment

Everyone values and guards their privacy. This is particularly true of aging seniors who may fear loss of control and loss of independence. No one wants to be or feel alone, but there are certain aspects of our lives we (and our aging parents) certainly want left alone. If you are beginning to see signs of disarray, or a feeling that things just aren’t quite right like they used to be, it may be time to seek professional assistance, particularly if your questions are met with annoyance and resistance.

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The Value of a Team Approach: Use a Home Care Aide and a Professional Geriatric Care Manager

There are many benefits to receiving home care. Not only do family members find comfort in knowing that their loved one is being cared for by a trained professional, but your loved one gets to enjoy the comforts of the home that they cherish.

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The Three Biggest Dangers to Seniors

Seniors value independence, as do we all. However, as we grow older, our bodies and minds do change, even if we don’t realize it (or are too stubborn to!). As Geriatric Care Managers working with seniors, families and various professionals every day, we have seen time and time again situations that can be prevented. The three biggest dangers facing seniors are medication errors, falls and reaching out for help during a crisis.

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5 Ways to Find Cash for Caregivers

The recession wiped out plenty of well-paying jobs, and it’s created lots of backbreaking unpaid ones. More than 20 million Americans provide care to a parent who needs help but is not in a nursing home, according to a 2009 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.

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7 Best Resources for Alzheimer’s Help

Coping with a loved one’s dementia symptoms can be stressful beyond belief. Whether symptoms are caused by Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, knowing what to expect and what you can do to help — while getting the emotional support you need — can greatly improve the quality of care you offer and help preserve your health and sanity.

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Financial Abuse: Are You a Target?

Unfortunately financial abuse of older citizens has gone up in the past few years. Knowing the risk factors can help determine if you are a target of financial fraud and can help save thousands of dollars.

Financial Abuse: Are You a Target?

Financial abuse of older Americans – defined as stealing, misusing or concealing money or assets from someone who has a physical or mental impairment — has increased 12% since 2008, according to

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Help! My Parents Won’t Listen to Me! Dealing with Elder Parents that Need But Resist Care

As Professional Geriatric Care Managers in South Florida, we speak with so many adult children who may live far away and are concerned that their father or mother receive the appropriate elderly parent care or assistance, but they have a very hard time opening the door to this discussion.

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Negotiating the Best Price for In-Home Care in South Florida

The costs of long-term care can seem daunting. However, there is one bright spot. Even though both Nursing Home and Assisted Living rates continue to rise, in-home hourly care rates have remained the stable over the last year without significant increases. Since most elderly adults prefer to stay at home, in-home caregivers can provide the care that is needed in their own home where seniors prefer to live.

In-home care can range from full time

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Alzheimer’s in the Family: A Personal Story

by Advocare

For the millions of Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s, and the millions more that are caregivers to those afflicted, there are infinite stories that affect each and every one of us deeply. Direct caregivers suffer the indignities right along with their loved ones on a daily basis. For family members who live far away, or children who are not always around the patient, the changes that have occurred with their elder and the

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