Life Changes Elder Care – Caregiver articles collection

Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home

Admitting the need for help and accepting assistance is not easy for people as they age. The responsibility often falls on family members to recognize the signs that an aging loved one might need support with completing the activities of daily living. How do you know if it is time for in-home care? Look for the […]

Robotic Assistants for Dementia Family Caregivers — Here Now!

There have been many technological innovations that help family caregivers as they care for older adults. Do we always love — or even use — them when we get them? Nope! When it comes to older adults, the population is quickly becoming larger than the number of those available to care for them. Many family […]

How to Convince a Resistant Elder to Attend Adult Day Care

While caring for my elderly parents, I was often advised to enroll them in a local adult day care program. Well-meaning people explained that going to the adult day center would give my mom and dad a life outside of lying in bed and watching TV all day. They also emphasized that I would get […]

Warning Signs of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a common lung infection that can cause coughing, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. It can also be deadly. Each year, approximately 50,000 Americans die of pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of course, pneumonia isn’t always deadly. ‘Walking pneumonia,’ for instance, is a form of the disease that’s so mild, […]

Caregiving Language – Use It to Uplift and Embrace

If you are caring for someone who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, maybe you can relate to this experience: “Are you with me or not?” my father asked sternly. “Yes, I’m with you!” I replied without hesitation. Alzheimer’s disease had progressed between the mid- to late-stage of the disease for my father. I scanned his […]

8 Facts to Know About Lewy Body Dementia

Most people mistakenly believe that all types of dementia share similar symptoms, like the hallmark signs of forgetfulness and confusion that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, Lewy body dementia (LBD), the second most common type after AD, is characterized by unique symptoms that make it difficult to diagnose and treat. It’s important for […]

When to See a Doctor for Sleep Problems

If you consistently have trouble sleeping at night, you may be one of millions of Americans who suffers from a sleep disorder. Almost everyone has had trouble sleeping at one point or another, but a sleep disorder occurs on an ongoing basis. Because there are more than 100 types of sleep disorders, it can be […]

Take Time for You!

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE TIME TO FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH The United States spends more money by a wide margin than any other country on health care.  Our health care system is set up to keep us from dying, not thriving.  Our average life span barely makes it in the top 30 when compared to […]

Fraud Prevention Checklist

New technology & communication, while opening the door for many positive avenues of progress, also makes us more susceptible as targets for scammers.  These individuals reach out to as many people as possible under some guise until they find someone who falls for their tricks.  The range of tricks being used by such scammers is […]

Daily Care Plan

Daily routines can be helpful for both you — the caregiver — and the person living with Alzheimer’s. A planned day allows you to spend less time trying to figure out what to do, and more time on activities that provide meaning and enjoyment Organizing the day Remember to make time for yourself, or include the […]