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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CDC: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia cases to double by 2060

The number of people projected to have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in the United States is expected to double by 2060, a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. In 2014, there were 5 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The CDC estimates by 2060, that number will grow […]

How to Use a Miller Trust for Medicaid Eligibility

A senior’s income and assets must fall below certain levels to qualify for Medicaid coverage of their stay in a skilled nursing facility. If their countable assets exceed $2,000, they will not qualify until the excess is spent down or converted to an asset that is not countable. For income, the 2018 federal limit for […]

8 Odd Assisted Living Rules to Be Aware Of

The world of elder care is fraught with countless rules, regulations and guidelines. It’s enough to make even an experienced caregiver’s head spin. The myriad of complex laws that apply to the different levels of senior housing often makes an already difficult decision even more challenging. There are federal guidelines in place for long-term care […]

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 […]

Sepsis: What You Need to Know

Sepsis is one of those conditions that few people in the general public know much about, yet, more than 250,000 of the more than one million cases in the US each year result in death. Of those cases, seniors — people over the age of 65 — make up almost 70 percent. Typically, sepsis is […]