Life Changes Elder Care – Caregiver articles collection

The Most Common In-Home Injuries for Seniors and How to Prevent Them

As we age, we strive to keep the independence we gained throughout our lives. This is no easy task. Bodies become worn and weakening from years of use. Our brains are full of a lifetime of experiences and information, causing our cognitive functions to slow. Illness and injury, be it temporary or terminal, seem to […]

Fall Prevention & Mobility: Practical Safety and Organization Strategies for Seniors

Making a home safe for a senior loved one does not have to be a massive or costly project. There are small changes you can make each day that, over time, will dramatically reduce the risk of falls. For many, it may be difficult to know what changes to make, especially if we have lived […]

VA Benefits for Veterans and Their Caregivers

What is the VA? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is an agency that provides benefits for military veterans and their families. The VA is composed of three main divisions that administer different programs and services: The Veterans Benefits Administration The Veterans Health Administration The National Cemetery Administration Who Is Eligible for Benefits? Eligibility […]

Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Is Crucial for Effective Planning and Treatment

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month—an important opportunity to shed light on a condition that is often misperceived as untreatable. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but dementia from Alzheimer’s continues to be underdiagnosed and underreported. In fact, according to a U.S. survey conducted by the […]

Ask your doctor the right questions about your Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Just Diagnosed Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is never easy — it’s life changing. It is normal to experience a range of emotions. Acknowledging your feelings can be an empowering first step in coping with the challenges ahead. Emotions you may have You noticed symptoms. You made a doctor’s appointment. You took tests. And you […]

Your Complete Guide to Medicare Open Enrollment

What is Open Enrollment? The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is an annual period of time (October 15 through December 7) when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluatepart of their Medicare coverage (their Medicare Advantage and/or Part D plan) and compare it against all the other plans on the market. After re-evaluating, if you find a plan that is a better […]

Satisfy a Senior’s Sweet Tooth in a Healthy Way

Although providing an elder with a balanced, nourishing diet is not too difficult, getting your loved one to actually eat the healthy foods you serve can be a real challenge. As people age, their appetites often diminish. Problems with teeth or swallowing, medications, pain, and the inability to taste and enjoy certain flavors are only […]

The Difference Between Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy

By understanding what rehabilitation services have to offer, you can make well-informed choices. What is physical therapy? Physical therapy (sometimes called PT) can help enhance mobility and quality of life by improving strength, balance, endurance, flexibility and posture. Physical therapy can maximize your loved one’s ability to get around at home and community, as well as […]

WHAT IS A CARE PLAN CONFERENCE?

When you have a loved one with a disability or an older parent in a care community, you will be asked to participate in a Care Plan Conference. Care conferences are a routine event for all types of providers; from hospice, to home health, to assisted living (AL) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). They provide […]

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 […]