Entries by LifeChangesAdmin

Caring for an ailing family member can be a thankless act of love. Here’s how to avoid burnout

Bobbie Orsi, a 61-year-old nurse and director of community relations at Home Instead in Pittsfield, Mass., is responsible for her husband with Alzheimer’s disease, her 84-year-old mother and her aunt living in a skilled nursing facility. Orsi is often juggling her needs with theirs: always having her husband’s pill box full, but sometimes forgetting to […]

Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Knowing the difference makes a difference

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease 101: The Difference and Why it Matters Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are often spoken about interchangeably, but they are not the same condition. During Dementia Awareness Week, we want to share the different types of dementia and the warning signs. Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Dementia is a general term that describes a wide […]

Summer Foods with Surprising Health Benefits

The days are getting warmer and longer, inspiring people to host backyard barbecues and midday picnics. Even if your elderly loved one isn’t able to take part in traditions like cookouts or bustling holiday parties, you can use food to help them feel connected to seasonal celebrations. Many popular warm-weather foods are nutritionally dense, offering […]

Dementia Family Caregiver Conference 2017

Family caregivers are invited to a day long conference focusing on the many facets of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association and Seniors Blue Book have convened local experts, motivational speakers and professional caregivers to present resources aimed at solving challenges and answering questions. As the number of individuals and families touched by dementia continues to increase dramatically, […]

The ins and outs of SSI vs SSDI​​​​​​

SSI vs. SSDI: What Are These Benefits and How Do They Differ? Several benefits programs provide financial assistance to seniors and persons living with disabilities. SSI and SSDI are two of the most common federal programs from the Social Security Administration. What is SSI? Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides minimum basic financial assistance to older […]

Hidden Money: Overlooked Funds Could Pay for Long-Term Care

There are countless ways to finance long-term care needs. All too often, though, individuals do not pursue a comprehensive care plan early enough to cover all of their future costs. Either they are not proactive, or they plan to “self-insure” for long-term care through the lifetime accumulation of personal savings and investments. But, unless you […]