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 […]

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 […]

Medication Safety

A person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia may be prescribed multiple medications, and may take medications for other conditions as well. Medications are powerful. Care needs to be taken, especially when more than one medication is being used. Use these safety tips to help avoid medication-related problems. Working with the doctor and pharmacist Coordinate with all […]

Proactive Steps to Help Minimize Wandering Behavioral Symptoms

Learning a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can be frightening. But preparing for the behavioral symtoms that could result may help both individuals and their families better cope with the disease and keep loved ones safe. Always ask yourself if that individual has an unmet need that could trigger a wandering incident. Proactive […]

Five Common Triggers for Wandering

Dan’s wife of 65 years is home…the only problem is, she doesn’t know it. “A daily request is for me to take her ‘home,’” Dan said, “in spite of the fact she is home and surrounded by her familiar home décor. She cannot say where home really is and my attempts for her to describe […]

Polypharmacy in the Elderly: Taking Too Many Medications Can Be Risky

Polypharmacy occurs when a patient takes too many medications for their own good. It is most common among seniors and individuals with multiple medical issues. Because older people metabolize drugs differently, the combined effects of numerous medications can be especially harmful. Being on too many medications can lead to potentially dangerous drug interactions and exposure to many […]

How to Discuss Unsafe Driving with a Senior

In the 29 years that I handled personal injury lawsuits, most of them were car accidents. I represented injured people hundreds of times. In cases where a victim had been hit by an older driver who should never have been behind the wheel in the first place, I always wondered why no one had addressed […]

Validation Therapy for Dementia: Calming or Condescending?

People with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often come to live in an altered reality that doesn’t mesh with ours. Their hallucinations and delusions may not make any sense to us, but their perceptions are as real to them as ours are. Dealing with this stark contrast can be difficult, but validation is […]

Communication Breakdown

Why is it that communication with elderly relatives is so hard for family caregivers? There are many reasons; some that can be mitigated, and some that can’t. Hearing & Vision Loss For example, it is not uncommon for seniors to experience hearing and/or vision loss that contributes to their inability to understand what you are […]

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 […]