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Senior Care Update: You Don’t Have to Have Alzheimer’s to Help Alzheimer’s Research

By djohnson, 1:49 pm on February 21, 2018
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Potential new research tools for senior care in diagnosing Alzheimer’s. The question is: What if you could help treat Alzheimer’s disease by supporting research efforts to identify the disease earlier? When it comes to senior care, there’s no way to diagnose Alzheimer’s for certain until someone dies and an autopsy reveals the distinctive buildup of amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brain. This makes it hard for doctors to diagnose the disease and for scientists to test investigational treatments for Alzheimer’s. If scientists are testing a treatment that targets one of these proteins in the brain, it makes sense to only include patients who have it. If only we could identify Alzheimer’s early on in …

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Caregivers and Social Programs and a Tasty Chocolate Tart Recipe

By djohnson, 3:55 pm on February 14, 2018
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Social stimulation for healthy longevity and easing the strain caregivers experience. Seniors and fine wine share something in common – both can age well. Both, however, require some outside help for best results. With aging seniors, steps can be taken to slow the natural aging process down. Social programs can be one of those steps and can prove to have an excellent outcome for both seniors and caregivers. Participating seniors can feel more engaged, become more active, and even form new relationships. Caregivers can take advantage of some time away while a senior is in a social program and enjoy some much-needed respite care. It’s often up to the caregiver to find social programs and …

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Dementia Care: 5 Practical Methods for Calming Agitation

By djohnson, 1:42 pm on February 7, 2018
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Research-based dementia care tips for reducing agitation and aggression due to dementia in a mindful way. Caring for a loved one with dementia can feel like a daily battle. You are dealing with the loss of the person you once knew but at the same time you still love them despite this change and new episodes of agitation and aggression. And you may find it difficult to predict which behaviors will arise. The challenges of dementia care can break your heart on a regular basis. Executing simple tasks and scheduling events for a loved one can turn into a disaster. Dementia is cruel to both the person with dementia and to the caregiver but there are …

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Dementia Care Providers Want To Know – Can Dementia Come And Go?

By djohnson, 3:34 pm on January 31, 2018
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Dementia care providers need to know how the stages and symptoms of dementia present themselves. Dementia – once it has been officially diagnosed – does not go away. Some dementia care providers may notice that the symptoms can come and go and the condition can manifest itself differently depending on the person. The symptoms of dementia progress at different rates, and there are different stages of the disease, but it doesn’t ever “go away”. Dementia progresses rapidly for some people, while it takes years to reach an advanced stage for others. People with “mild dementia” may still be able to function independently, with memory lapses that have a minimal impact on daily life, such as …

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How to Tackle Difficult Conversations Around Dementia Care

By djohnson, 4:11 pm on January 24, 2018
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Dementia Care: Helpful communication techniques to alleviate stress and frustration Change is a constant and has a strong presence, but we typically only notice change when we are confronted with new technologies, life changing events, or results that we believe to be negative. And then there is aging. If we are lucky, we age gracefully and independently. The ideal scenario for passing away is falling asleep and not waking up, but this scenario is becoming less common. In all likelihood, we will require additional help and care as we age or become ill. Dementia care and Alzheimer care are becoming the norm in the aging process. Confronting the evolving challenges of aging and being able …

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Caregiver Fact: Caregivers Don’t Always Wear Skirts

By djohnson, 8:42 am on January 17, 2018
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Male caregivers play an important role in caring for aging loved ones. When one hears the word, “caregiver”, one often visualizes a female nurse hovering over a patient … that picture, however, is changing. More and more of today’s men are choosing caregiving and/or nursing as an informal or formal career. When taking a look at recent statistics, we can learn that “the estimated prevalence of caring for an adult is 16.6%, which equates to 39.8 million Americans. Approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the prior 12 months. The majority of caregivers are female (60 percent), but 40 percent are male.” 1 Both men and women can …

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The Traits Every Great Caregiver Needs

By djohnson, 5:11 pm on January 10, 2018
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Discover the qualities that will make you a great caregiver Becoming a caregiver may be a role you never saw yourself in. But now a family member or loved one is depending on you for their care. Are you wondering if you are the right type of person for this role? What are the traits you will need to be to be a good caregiver? The most essential quality is one you already have. The ability to care for a loved one and the willingness to dedicate part of your life to ensure their well being starts you off on the right track to becoming a good caregiver. Keep in mind that not everything will be …

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Home Health Care – How to Make the Hospital to Home Transitions Make Successful

By djohnson, 4:42 pm on December 27, 2017
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8 simple home health care steps to ensuring a smooth transition home from the hospital and reducing the chances of readmission.  Readmission to the hospital is a growing problem for America’s healthcare system. Data analyzed by Medicare says about 20 percent of the 35 million patients discharged from the U.S. health system return to the hospital within the 30 days 1. Not having a strong and well-understood hospital to home health care plan is one of the leading reasons patients find themselves returning to the hospital within days or weeks of discharge, and there are many easy-to-implement steps that can help prevent readmission. Here are eight simple steps to preventing readmission for you or a loved …

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How Kansas City Caregivers Use Mindfulness To Help Prevent Caregiver Burnout

By djohnson, 5:30 pm on December 20, 2017
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Kansas City caregivers use the power of mediation in reducing caregiver stress and burnout. We will all be caregivers at some point in life. The level of involvement may vary, but we will face the challenge of meeting the needs of a loved one who is either temporarily or permanently no longer self sufficient. Under the best of circumstances this is a stressful situation; to witness one who is ill or losing capacity is difficult enough, but having to adjust to the routine of how to best meet their needs brings complexities into the mix that were not there before. Kansas City caregivers know this can quickly overwhelm us to the point that we make deals …

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Dementia Care Overland Park, KS – How to Manage Holiday Stress & Dementia Care

By djohnson, 2:01 pm on December 13, 2017
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Providing dementia care is mentally, physically and emotionally challenging. Coupled with the stress to plan, shop, decorate and prepare for the holidays, caregivers often feel overwhelmed as they learn how to care for a parent with dementia. Keep these stress-busters in mind as you meticulously plan and prepare to hang stockings and make things merry and bright while providing dementia care to a parent. In Dementia Care – No Two Days are the Same Every case of dementia is as unique as the person living with the disease. And dementia care is just as individualized and the caregivers who provide such care. What might work with one person, may not work with another in terms …

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