How to Communicate Better With Someone Who Has Early-Stage Alzheimer’s

It’s so easy to become frustrated when talking to someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s hard to know the “right” way to respond.

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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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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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Disagreement About Caring For Parents

Along with the stress involved in caring for an elderly parent, there is usually conflict between family members regarding how things should be handled. It helps if everyone can identify not only potential sources of conflict, but ways to deal with those conflicts in a calm and productive manner. Conflict is a part of life. It does not need to become a way of life.

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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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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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Geriatric Care Advocates: When Crisis Hits…Who You Gonna Call?

It’s 10:00 pm in the middle of a busy week and you receive a frantic call from your sister. “Dad is at the ER, Mom is terrified, I’m still waiting for a call back from the hospital.” With the kids a thousand miles away and a full blown medical crisis in the making, the family truly needs an advocate.

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Eye Care Advice for Aging Eyes in South Florida

Growing older and getting reading glasses seem to go hand in hand, just like getting gray hair or wrinkles as you age. But that doesn’t have to be the case if you take steps to care for your eyes as you age.

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When It’s Too Expensive for Dad to Keep Driving in South Florida

Trying to persuade older family members to give up their car keys isn’t just an emotionally fraught chore. Increasingly, it is a financial issue, too.

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Don’t Let Achy Knees Keep You Out of Life’s Game

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) can happen to anyone; in fact more than 10 million.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids are Key to a Healthier Life

Research shows they promote heart health and reduce pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. They also may help treat autism, bipolar disorder, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and prostate cancer.

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