Monthly Archives: January 2018

Recommended Reading February 2018

January 31st, 2018 (No Comments)

Recommended Reading: Surviving Alzheimers:  Practical tips and soul-saving wisdom for caregivers By:  Paula Spencer Scott The book recommended by dementia experts and family caregivers as the most complete, practical guide to Alzheimer’s and other dementias—now updated and expanded through end-of-life care. This new edition of Surviving Alzheimer’s offers the best, most current thinking on how to help […]

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Elderly Prescription Drug Abuse

January 31st, 2018 (No Comments)

Elderly Prescription Drug Abuse When it comes to drug abuse, elderly adults are more prone to addiction than other age groups. Seniors use prescription drugs for all sorts of ailments, from chronic pain to insomnia. According to the NCADD, those 65 years of age and older consume nearly 40 percent of all medications prescribed in the country. […]

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The Connection Between Sleep and Cancer

January 31st, 2018 (No Comments)

The Connection Between Sleep and Cancer Getting a restful night’s sleep is a challenge for many cancer patients. Pain from cancer itself, fatigue and discomfort from chemotherapy, and medication side effects are just a few of the things that make sleep elusive for cancer patients. Worse, not getting enough sleep weakens the immune system and […]

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Anticipatory Grief: Alzheimer’s

January 31st, 2018 (No Comments)

Anticipatory Grief: How to Cope With the “Living Death” of Alzheimer’s Anticipatory grief is the emotional pain of losing a loved one, felt in advance of the person’s death. It’s a common phenomenon among those who care for the terminally ill. It may be experienced at any time by anyone connected to someone with Alzheimer’s, […]

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Recommended Reading for January 2018

January 3rd, 2018 (No Comments)

Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving Paperback by Amy Goyer A staggering 42 million Americans―one in four adults―face the challenges of caring for an adult friend or relative. Although caregiving can be a richly rewarding and joyful experience, the role comes with enormous responsibilities―and pressures. AARP’s gentle guide provides practical resources and tips that are easy to find […]

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How to Solve Hygiene Problems Common to People With Dementia

January 3rd, 2018 (No Comments)

How to Solve Hygiene Problems Common to People With Dementia  Odd or frustrating behaviors around clean clothes, bathing, oral care, hairstyling, and shaving seldom come “out of nowhere.” Usually, there’s a trigger, and ways to work around it. Here is some information about possible causes and strategies to overcome common problems. Problem: Wears Same Dirty […]

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Setting Aside One’s Dreams Because of Caregiving

January 3rd, 2018 (No Comments)

Setting Aside One’s Dreams Because of Caregiving It’s better to acknowledge painful losses in order to create new hopes They had devised a grand retirement plan: white-sand Florida beaches, a spacious condo and a couple of motorized scooters in which to stow their new tennis racquets. After decades of hard work and disciplined saving, they had […]

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How to Kick Your Post-Holiday Blues

January 3rd, 2018 (No Comments)

How to Kick Your Post-Holiday Blues You’ve opened all the presents, recovered from food comas, and uploaded your holiday photos to Instagram. But now that the trimmings are gone and parties are over, are you feeling down? It might come as no surprise that seasonal blues often reach their peak once the festivities have ended. “As […]

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