Life Changes Elder Care – Caregiver articles collection

Person-Centered Care at the Heart of Aging Life Care Managers® Work with Aging Adults

 Person-centered care is the idea that a person’s perspective, goals, and values should be at the forefront of their medical care. This method focuses on providing “thoughtful, systematic, and incremental” approaches to a patient’s health plan. It is now being recognized that placing the patient at the center is one of the more effective ways […]

How You Can Help Seniors Facing the Holidays Alone

Imagine waking up alone on Christmas morning, with no one to share in the joy of the holiday with you. Imagine getting dressed the way you always do, having breakfast the way you always do, and watching TV as you always do—nothing special about this day, no grandchildren squealing with delight as they tear open […]

How to Stay Sane During the Holidays as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver

If one can believe the old Westerns, frontier women were the ultimate multi-taskers. They could rock a cradle with their foot to quiet a squalling baby while pounding out bread dough with their fists, minding a full crew of young kids and maybe dodging a few bullets in the process. Oh, yeah, and since it […]

How to Reduce Loneliness in Elders Around the Holidays

There is a lot of pressure on people to enjoy themselves during the holidays. The reality, however, is that many people feel increasingly isolated and unhappy during this season of goodwill, and elders can have an especially hard time. While aging can bring wisdom and experience, there are inevitable losses that even the healthiest seniors face. Loved […]

Debunking Myths ABout the Aging Brain

7 Myths About the Aging Brain Taking up new activities such as painting or learning to play a musical instrument can boost your brain health. When it comes to what happens to the brain as it ages, don’t believe everything you hear. There are many myths about the ability of older people to keep their […]

Why Do People Die from Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a very complex condition that is always fatal. It manifests initially with marked memory failure and lapses in judgement, but as it progresses, it also has a devastating effect on higher brain functions that many people take for granted. In the later stages of the disease, balance and coordination as well as autonomic […]

How to Choose a Medicare Plan During the Open Enrollment Period

Choosing a Medicare plan is an important, but difficult decision. This choice could determine your health for years to come and save (or cost) you hundreds of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. However, during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP)/Annual Election Period (AEP) October 15 through December 7, you can re-evaluate your Medicare Advantage (MA/Part C) and/or Part D coverage to make sure you’re enrolled […]

Getting a Diagnosis

Some symptoms of dementia can mirror symptoms of other, treatable conditions, so it’s important to get a diagnosis for your symptoms. Typically, a diagnosis starts by understanding and recognizing the 10 signs of cognitive impairment. This guide will walk you through the more common steps of receiving a dementia diagnosis. Did you know… that your […]

How to Console a Senior Who Is Afraid of Dying

“I’m dying.” These are words that most of us dread hearing from the people we love. However, death is an inescapable part of life. If it hasn’t happened already, chances are you’ll be called upon to help a parent, spouse, friend or other loved one through the valley at some point. Yes, it can be […]