One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small … go ask Alice if she remembers which one is which. Managing multiple medication may take a song or two to remind you which medication you take for which aliment. Polypharmacy is a common problem facing many older adults but managing those medications does not have to be a song and dance.
When a grandparent starts showing Alzheimer’s symptoms, children may feel scared, angry, anxious, stressed, frustrated ... just like adults but without the benefits of emotional maturity and life experience. Giving each kid a safe, healthy way to express and process their feelings is critical to their emotional health and relationship with their grandparent moving forward.
Grandparents Day is September 13, a great time to honor all the grandparents and grandchildren in your family, past and present and future, by recording your family’s legacy.
With the simplicity of at-home DNA tests and the massive amounts of data available on sites such as Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and 23andMe.com, millions of Americans are turning into bona fide genealogy sleuths – and for lots of interesting and useful reasons.
Today was one for the books. Your loved one resisted your every request, wandered halfway to the sidewalk before you noticed she was missing, and there wasn’t anything “fine” about today’s dining experiences. You deserve to treat yourself to a long bubble bath and a box of bonbons for a job well done.
No, really. You do.
“Any day that ends with a caregiver having done his or her best is a job well done,” says Suzy McCann, Community Relations Director of YourLifeTM of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, Florida.
You’re not a magician, but some days, you sure do feel like one.
Juggling, tightrope walking, lion taming ... however you visualize your balancing act, successfully managing multiple roles, responsibilities, and relationships all at once is a tricky business. Throw caregiving duties into the mix without adjusting your rhythm, passing tasks to a teammate, or removing distractions can lead to a lot of dropped balls, missed steps, and confused cats.
An initial dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming for families experiencing it for the first time. Many who don’t understand the many stages of memory loss might rush to step in and, among other things, hang up their loved one’s car keys or try to get them to move if they live alone.
Has caring for a loved one with memory loss become a frustrating, all-consuming task? Virtually all caregiver experiences are full of highs and lows – and it’s a slippery slope to caregiver burnout when the lows begin to outweigh the highs. But do the lows really outweigh the highs? Or are they just the squeakiest wheels getting all of your grease?
Since 1927’s Metropolis, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been the stuff of futuristic and often terrifying movie plots. Today, AI is crossing the line from science fiction to science reality at lightning speeds. In fact, AI’s role in healthcare is expected to grow to a $6.6 billion industry by 2021.
And that’s scary good news for people who are at risk of developing dementia.
Summer is here, public places are re-opening, and the outdoors are calling! While many of us live for longer, warmer days, this time of year also brings a higher risk for heat-related illness for seniors, particularly for those living with dementia who are unable to recognize the signs or take action.