Life Changes Elder Care – Caregiver articles collection

Visual Cues: Why They Matter for People Living with Dementia

A couple of weeks ago my mother walked, by herself, from her rest home to my house. It is about a mile as the crow flies. On foot, this route takes you down a long suburban street, round a corner and through a bustling village crammed with small shops, across the road, and up a […]

Palliative Care: What Is It and How Is It Different from Hospice?

Hospice care is palliative care, but palliative care is not hospice. The difference between these two types of care is something that I have found difficult to clarify myself let alone explain to others. However, this care is a fundamental part of treating any chronic or terminal illness. With that in mind, I contacted Kimberly […]

Prehabilitation for Surgical Procedures

According to a 2015 study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), approximately 7 million Americans are living with a hip or knee replacement. Orthopedic procedures such as joint replacements and foot and ankle surgeries can evoke images of weeks of limited mobility, pain and frustration. An extended recovery time is one […]

Stages of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease typically progresses slowly in three general stages — mild (early-stage), moderate (middle-stage), and severe (late-stage). Since Alzheimer’s affects people in different ways, each person will experience symptoms – or progress through Alzheimer’s stages – differently. Overview of disease progression The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease worsen over time, although the rate at which the […]

Maple Syrup Fights Alzheimer’s

Maple syrup isn’t just delicious, it also could cure Alzheimer’s disease It’s a sweet new health discovery: Maple syrup could cure Alzheimer’s disease. The delicious pancake topping may soon find its way into granny’s pill bottle because it stops brain cell damage that causes the disease, scientists revealed Monday. The tasty treat may prevent the […]

Food, Eating and Alzheimer’s

Regular, nutritious meals may become a challenge for people with dementia. As a person’s cognitive function declines, he or she may become overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget to eat or have difficulty with eating utensils. Nutrition tips Proper nutrition is important to keep the body strong and healthy. For a person with Alzheimer’s […]

Top 10 Caregiver Tax Questions

Are government benefits (e.g. Social Security, Aid and Attendance) taxable? Tax rules for different government benefits vary. Veteran’s benefits—including pensions, and Aid and Attendance—are not considered income for tax purposes. Public assistance benefits, old-age, survivors, and disability insurance benefits (OASDI), Medicare benefits, mortgage assistance benefits, Nutrition Program for the Elderly benefits, are also free from taxation. […]