Pill-Swallowing Methods for Simplifying Medication Administration

About 40 percent of American adults have trouble swallowing pills, according to a Harris Interactive poll. Commonly cited issues include gagging, a lingering aftertaste from an incomplete swallow, and having a pill become lodged in the throat. These problems can be even more prevalent in seniors with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and other […]

10 Tips for Family Caregivers

Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone! Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often. Watch out […]

Can this eye scan detect Alzheimer’s years in advance?

Researchers say early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease exist within our eyes, meaning a non-invasive eye scan could tip us off to Alzheimer’s years before symptoms occur. It turns out the disease affects the retina — the back of the eye — similarly to how it affects the brain, notes neuroscience investigators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. Through a high-definition eye scan, the […]

Anosognosia: When Dementia Patients Can’t Recognize Their Impairment

One of the most common questions in the AgingCare.com Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group pertains to how aware dementia patients are of their cognitive status. This can pose a bit of a dilemma, because with reduced mental function, there also comes a limited capacity for insight into and acknowledgement of their true condition. Anosognosia Is […]

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 […]