How to Help a Senior with Parkinson’s

How to Help a Senior with Parkinson’s

If you are taking care of a loved one with Parkinson’s, you are not alone. Here are a few suggestions on how to help a senior with Parkinson’s. Educate Yourself When there is a new diagnosis, often families don’t know where to turn. Getting all the information you can may help. Particularly if you are feeling a lack of control. Talk to a health care professional about exercise options, learn about various medications and treatments, and learn about the progression of Parkinson’s, so you will be aware of what changes may occur over time. In addition, reach out to support

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Ask an Expert: Five Tactics for Dementia Caregiving

Ask an Expert: Five Tactics for Dementia Caregiving

Caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be an incredibly tiresome job. From the long hours, to psychological exhaustion, to the physically demanding environment, there are very few ways to actively prepare for and predict the responsibilities that caregiving entails. Silverado’s Director of Clinical Education Sue Kruse shares key tactics for managing the day-to-day challenges of dementia caregivers.   Communication Through Understanding According to Kruse, one of the most frustrating problem areas for individuals with dementia and their caregivers is communication. Many times, the person living with dementia may be unable to express their needs, leading

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GPS SmartSole® Is a Game Changer for Caregiving

GPS SmartSole® is a discreet trackable smartphone hidden in a shoe insole.  GPS SmartSole®is enormously helpful if you are worried your loved one may wonder or get lost.  This patented product is a game changer for caregivers of people with dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism or other developmental disabilities. 60% of them will become “lost” at least once. 70% of those will become “lost” 3 or more times. 46% of wanders not found within 24 hours may die.  GPS SmartSole® is water resistant and sealed in a trim-able shoe insole. It uses GPS and cellular technology, is charged about every day, and

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Post-Acute Care Advice after a Hospital Stay

Post-Acute Care Advice after a Hospital Stay

One of the most challenging experiences for seniors and caregivers can be managing the recovery process after a hospital stay. Often, it’s not the hospitalization that is most difficult, but the specialized follow-up care that many seniors require to avoid complications or readmission into the hospital. This follow-up care, called post-acute care, is one of the most important parts of the recovery process. It’s also one of the most misunderstood and difficult to navigate parts of our healthcare system. Seniors who receive high-quality post-acute care after an injury or illness experience better, faster recoveries and have lower out-of-pocket healthcare. Post-Acute

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Steering Clear of Profit-First Senior Care

Steering Clear of Profit-First Senior Care

When someone you love requires senior care, it’s important that they receive care from a provider who puts seniors first. The sudden boom in America’s elderly population has made senior care one of America’s most lucrative industries. While many owners of senior care agencies and facilities are getting into the industry for the right reasons, too many others only see dollar signs. Instead of putting seniors first, they’re prioritizing the bottom line. Steering Clear of Profit-First Senior Care At Visiting Angels®, we’ve been focused on seniors’ well-being for more than twenty years and have become one of the most trusted names

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The Complicated Relationship Between Alcohol & Dementia Care

The Complicated Relationship Between Alcohol & Dementia Care

As any memory care provider can tell you, there’s nothing simple about dementia care, treatment, and diagnosis. Certain factors, however, can make dementia care even more complicated than usual.  The Complicated Relationship Between Alcohol & Dementia Care Alcohol is a perfect example. Heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of dementias such as Alzheimer’s, but it can also lead to brain damage that mimics symptoms of dementia. This results in countless cases where dementia is misdiagnosed as alcohol-related brain damage, or where alcohol-related brain damage is misdiagnosed as dementia. The situation is complicated further by the effects of alcohol intoxication, which

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How Self-Care Journaling Makes Caregiving Easier

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My friend and colleague, Elizabeth B. Miller, founder of HappyHealthyCaregiver.com, cared for her aging parents and mother-in-law. The experience inspired her to write the Just for You: A Daily Self-Care Journal. The journal helps family caregivers integrate caregiving and self-care with their busy lives. As a Certified Caregiving Consultant, Elizabeth advises clients to encourage their loved ones to do as much for themselves as possible. While some activities may be easier for the caregiver to perform, having the aging individual do them requires them to physically move, problem-solve, and interact with others - all critical skills to maintain as they

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How to Prevent Agitation in Loved One with Dementia

How to Prevent Agitation in Loved One with Dementia

  A person with dementia can become agitated for a number of reasons such as pain, fatigue, confusion, or restlessness. Agitation is indicated by feelings of anxiety or becoming upset very quickly. Loved ones and caregivers should be cognizant of how to prevent or respond to these cases by taking a few precautions.  How to Prevent Agitation in Loved One with Dementia [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_KVCWAiv8Y[/embed] Dr. Elizabeth A. Landsverk, Silverado Belmont Hills Medical Director, suggests three ways to reduce or prevent agitation with dementia patients: Remove medicationsthat cause any agitation or more confusion, such as Xanax or sleeping pills. It’s best to consult

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Home Care After Hospitalization Saves Money and Lives

Home Care After Hospitalization Saves Money and Lives

After a hospital visit, there’s a lot that goes into a healthy recovery — particularly for seniors. Most elderly adults need strong support systems in place after coming home from a hospital stay, relying on their spouses, friends, and children to help them through their recovery. Home Care After Hospitalization Saves Money and Lives Increasingly, seniors are turning to another source of support after hospitalization: home care services. Elderly adults who already use home care services have found that a caregivers’ presence makes the recovery process far easier. Meanwhile, home care companies have begun to offer specialized post-hospital home care program,

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