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The Foundations of Mindful Alzheimer’s Care and Dementia Care – The Presence Care Project

By djohnson, 12:24 pm on September 20, 2017
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Organizations working with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care are developing new programs to assist caregivers. As the number of individuals with the disease continues to grow, so does the number of family members who provide care. They need information and resources to know how to deal with the stress and fatigue of Alzheimer and dementia care because: 40 percent of dementia caregivers suffer from clinical depression. 60 percent of dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress as “high” or “very high”. The Presence Care Project helps caregivers reduce stress and improve care. Mindfulness is rising to the top as an effective answer to reducing the high incidence of depression and stress suffered by caregivers of those with …

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Sleep is the Secret Weapon for a Dementia Caregiver

By djohnson, 2:31 pm on September 13, 2017
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All too often a dementia caregiver struggling to maintain a healthy sleep cycle, and less sleep means lower energy levels and diminished focus. A healthy sleep routine is critical in order to stay invigorated for the demands of the caregiver role. This piece will review three absolutely vital tips on how a caregiver can work to maintain healthy sleep habits, which in turn, will help them avoid caregiver burnout. Sleep Makes You Healthy In order to be the best dementia caregiver you can be, you must look after your own brain health. This is effectively accomplished through ensuring the necessary amount of sleep. Most experts say that the average adult requires seven to nine hours of …

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Elder Care: 6 Things to Know About Mental Illness in Older Adults

By djohnson, 3:09 pm on September 6, 2017
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September is Healthy Aging Month, and in addressing mental illness in elder care is important. It’s estimated that at least 20 percent of adults over the age of 55 face mental health concerns. Below are the six key indicators that aging adults and caregivers providing elder care should consider when it comes to keeping aging minds healthy and active. 1. Causes Ask anyone who provides elder care and they will agree, there are many factors that come along with aging and contribute to decline in mental health among the elderly. Aging in general causes a natural decrease in mental and physical abilities, a fact that can often be difficult to accept as you enter your …

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Elderly Care: The Joys of Living to 100

By djohnson, 8:00 am on August 30, 2017
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There is a shift in elderly care as a result of people living longer. A recent article in The Economist1 reported the fact that Americans are living longer, healthier lives than their grandparents. “By the early 2000s the state of health of American men aged 69, as reported by themselves, was as good as that of 60-year-olds in the 1970s; 70 really does seem to be the new 60.” That’s good news for people who want to live, work and enjoy life for many decades. The question becomes how do you age well? The answer is to stay engaged, interested and healthy. According to The Economist, many people want to live a long life but aren’t …

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New Developments in Alzheimer’s Care: Sleep Problems may be an Early Indicator

By djohnson, 8:40 am on August 23, 2017
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To improve Alzheimer’s care, scientists are constantly conducting research to identify the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and every day new insights are discovered. The Alzheimer’s Society of the UK recently released a study determining that sleep problems may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s. According to researchers, “Poor sleep may be a sign that people who are otherwise healthy may be more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life compared to people who do not have those same problems.” Healthy sleep patterns support a healthy brain that can avert dementia.  Family history actually plays a factor in the need for Alzheimer’s care as we age.  Over one hundred people with an average age …

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Heart and Brain Health: 3 Breathing Techniques Caregivers Should Know

By djohnson, 2:21 pm on August 16, 2017
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Caregivers in Kansas City are learning that effective breathing can achieve tremendous health benefits. Yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques all depend on breathing properly. Proper breathing is an important part of learning how to calm the mind and body. We have discussed the importance of eating healthy foods, exercising and reducing stress when it comes to caregivers and burnout. Now we know proper breathing is equally important. Proper breathing is beneficial to both the caregiver and the loved one receiving care. How you breathe can reduce stress levels in your body, as well as your heart rate and blood pressure. Caregivers experience some the highest levels of stress. Learning different breathing techniques can help slow …

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Dementia Care Overland Park: How Early Dementia Progresses

By djohnson, 3:08 pm on August 9, 2017
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To address dementia care one must first understand that dementia isn’t a disease. Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that can include memory loss and confusion. It is a progressive condition with three stages; early, middle and late. Learning how to recognize the early signs of dementia can help you recognize the onset of decline. One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, and others include Lewy Body and Vascular dementia. Here is how early dementia progresses and the signs and symptoms that are part of that progression. It’s important for dementia care provider to note that even though dementia has three stages, each individual will experience them differently. …

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Fighting Caregiver Burnout With Food: Five Important Foods to Improve Emotional Health

By djohnson, 9:31 am on August 9, 2017
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We focus on fighting caregiver burnout in our blogs because this is a real issue for Kansas City caregivers. We all know that excessive stress can cause health issues. We want caregivers in Kansas City to have a resource to help them stay active and healthy while dealing with the daily stress of caregiving. Food is fuel. It is also nutrition, energy, and a mood stabilizer. If you are a caregiver, food can help prevent caregiver burnout by improving your health. Eating nutritious foods can lift your mood, increase your energy levels and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. The first step in eating to support your emotional health is to avoid fast food and …

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Long-Distance Caregiving: The Three Most Unexpected Emotions

By djohnson, 9:26 am on August 3, 2017
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Kansas City is home to many long-distance caregivers and providing remote caregiving can cause an emotional toll. Caregivers are often filled with worry and exhaustion; however, those caring for loved ones who do not live in the Kansas City area ment toward your loved one. While these emotions may be unwelcome and may make you feel uncomfortable, they are not unusual among long-distance caregivers. You can find a way to cope with these emotions while facilitating long-distance caregiving. Here are a few steps to start: How do you cope with guilt? It may help to change a few things; call more, visit more if you can, and send cards and letters. The more you increase …

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Dementia Care: Five Ways to Make Your Brain More Resilient to the Early Signs of Dementia

By djohnson, 2:44 pm on July 26, 2017
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Those who work in dementia care in Kansas City and Overland Park know dementia is a progressive disease that slowly deteriorates the brain. Dementia care providers also know that there are ways to make your brain more resilient to the early signs of dementia. Just as our bodies age and we can help to keep it healthy by maintaining strong muscles and joints, the same is true of our brains. Dementia care can start long before you experience dementia. Here are five ways to make your brain more resilient to the early signs of dementia. 1. Learn a new language. According to the Alzheimer’s Society1, bilingual brains are more resistant to dementia. Their scientists say …

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