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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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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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 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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Survey: Most Baby Boomers Lack a Plan to Care for Parents

A majority of Baby Boomers say they are likely to become caregivers for their parents, but only half can name any medications their parents take, a new survey shows.

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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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5 Ways to Make Living With an Older Adult Easier

In America today we have more and more multi-generational households. Here is a great article with tips on making such living situations easier on everyone! For help navigating senior care and home care in South Florida, visit us at Advocare.

5 Ways to Make Living With an Older Adult Easier

Try these simple solutions to ease the crankies and boost everyone’s mood.

One issue that family caregivers don’t often talk about is how cranky

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Finding Resources for Elder Care in Florida – Navigating the Waters

Dementia and Alzheimer’s can rob an elderly person’s mind of many of their treasured memories, and can change their personality and life style. Because of these and other illnesses, often seniors end up living in nursing homes or senior care facilities where only their basic physical needs are met by the facility staff.

We interviewed a Certified Nurse Assistant working in a skilled nursing facility to determine how she finds time to meet all of

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Four Medicare Misconceptions

Many aging Americans think that they understand what Medicare will provide them when they become eligible at age 65. This is not always the case, and there are many common misconceptions about what Medicare will and will not cover. Become educated about Medicare so that when medical assistance or long term care is needed you have a plan in place to cover all of your needs. For example, many people plan to live out their

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Meet Ena, Our New Geriatric Care Manager!

Ena

Our Aventura, North Miami, & Miami Beach Geriatric Care Manager, Ena, earned her degree in Nursing from University of Florida and Florida International University. She proudly began her nursing career in medical-surgical unit of the same hospital in which she was born, Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. As her elderly patients discharged from the hospital, Ena saw the clear need for a professional to follow up their hospital and doctor visits on

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Proven Strategies to Get the Most Out of Life

As you get older, your body and mind change — it’s a normal part of aging that you don’t get much say in.

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Falls are as Serious for Seniors as Strokes and Heart Attacks

Fall screening and prevention should be a regular part of health care for older adults, and all programs to prevent falls should include exercise, according to updated guidelines for preventing falls in the elderly.

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Giving Alzheimer’s Patients Their Way

Research suggests that creating positive emotional experiences for Alzheimer’s patients diminishes distress and behavior problems.

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Checking in on Aging Parents in Florida

While visiting Mom and Dad in Florida this season, take the time to check-up on their health and overall well-being. Even slight changes can be a potential pre-cursor to something worse down the road, so take stock now to avoid a potentially troublesome future.

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How Doing Puzzles Can Help Seniors’ Sharpness

In general, puzzles are great, but human interaction is much more helpful. Get out of the house and interact with people at the library, the store, the senior citizens center.

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Should You Pay a Relative to Take Care of Mom in South Florida?

Growing numbers of families are compensating relatives who serve as caregivers to elders. But to avoid exacerbating tensions, it is important to disclose such arrangements to the entire family.

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What Will You do if Alzheimer’s Moves to South Florida?

As our baby boomers enter into senior status, the numbers of those who will at some time succumb to Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia will increase dramatically. Are you prepared?

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