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Dementia Care – Keeping Dementia Caregivers Connected to Their Community

By djohnson, 8:26 am on November 22, 2017
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It is easy for caregivers to feel lonely during dementia care. Here are some simple ways to reach out to a caregiver who may be experiencing loneliness. When my mom was diagnosed with dementia several years ago, I didn’t know anyone else who was going through this journey. I felt very alone, even though I had a beautiful network of friends. I turned to writing to help me make sense of the situation. Eventually, I gathered the courage to share my personal essays with others, often through simply reading my stories aloud to friends and family. Sharing my thoughts and feelings on this deeply meaningful dementia care experience was so therapeutic that it inspired me …

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Home Health Care: Staying Safe at Home Means Being Ready for Anything

By djohnson, 3:44 pm on November 15, 2017
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Aging independently in one’s home is top priority for many seniors, fueling a trend that’s not likely to dissipate anytime soon. Vital to the success of home health care is ensuring the environment is safe not only in terms of maximizing autonomy and minimizing fall risk but also in the event of fire, natural disasters, and power outages. We spoke with Cynthia Shaw, a Communications Director for the American Red Cross around what safety measures seniors living at home and those providing home health care can take to avoid an in-home fire and prepare for the event of a natural disaster. Fire in the Home Environment “Home fires happen more often than people think,” says Shaw. To prove her …

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5 Mindfulness Exercises For Caregivers to Relieve Burnout

By djohnson, 4:54 pm on November 8, 2017
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Caregivers, want to prevent burnout? Home Care Assistance Kansas City encourages you to “Get Mindful”. Caregivers, get very quiet, close your eyes and listen very closely…Do you hear it? The rising crescendo of adulation and wild raucous applause coming from the ether? That is just for you. Take it in. You rock. Being a caregiver is challenging and is often a role that is  discounted and marginalized. Caregivers fill a world of need, and in doing so, are at risk of easily falling into the caregiver burnout abyss. If you are human, and you are tending to a family member or friend, chances are that you will be challenged by feelings of stress, fear and …

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Alzheimer’s Care – Can We Detect and Treat Before Symptoms Appear?

By djohnson, 4:34 pm on October 25, 2017
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One of the biggest issues in Alzheimer’s care is early detection. It seems like everyday there is a new method of identifying early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s. A new study has shed light on a potential way to detect Alzheimer’s disease, and maybe even treat or prevent it, before symptoms even appear. The study, performed at the Department of Pharmacology and Center for Translational Medicine, at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, has found that declines in glucose levels in the brain come before the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear. The researchers believe that their discovery may also lead to finding ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease by stopping …

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Dementia Care – How We All Can Help Prevent Isolation

By djohnson, 2:46 pm on October 18, 2017
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Dementia care includes understanding the unique challenges a caregiver experiences; personally and socially. Dementia is a process that isolates both the person diagnosed and their caregiver. A person with dementia slowly loses their ability to interact with others in the same way they always have, and as a result the person starts to stay home more often, needing more around-the-clock supervision. As a result, the individual providing their dementia care becomes isolated because they are now staying home more often, but also because caregivers can lose their identity outside of their care role and relationship. It can be difficult to know how to get the support you need while caring for a loved one with dementia. …

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Improving Brain Health – The 9 Most Important Lifestyle Factors

By djohnson, 3:19 pm on October 11, 2017
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Brain health is important, especially as we age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 16 million Americans are living with some form of cognitive impairment. The number of people age 65 and older projected to be living with Alzheimer’s in 2050 is expected to swell from the current 5.1 million to 13.2 million. But a growing body of new research holds promise to improve and protect brain health and possibly stave off dementia and cognitive decline. Implementing the strategies found in these studies can help you learn how to boost your brain health and aid in the fight of curbing dementia. Sleep Tight Although experts have yet to concretely connect the dots explaining why …

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The Evolution of Love and Devotion in Dementia Care

By djohnson, 4:46 pm on October 4, 2017
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Dementia care of a spouse can be quite a challenge. This week, we have a special guest. Enma Espinoza is not only a dedicated wife, community member and mother, but she is also a devoted caregiver to her husband, Frank, who has advanced stages of dementia. Enma recently was awarded one of our Respite Care grants, in partnership with The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement™ and Move for Minds, where she spent her time off taking the train along the Santa Barbara coast and exploring the beautiful beaches. We sat down with Enma to discuss some of the highlights and challenges of dementia care and her caregiving journey, how taking respite improved her emotional well-being, and how …

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The Underlying Challenges of Alzheimer’s Care

By djohnson, 2:41 pm on September 27, 2017
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Alzheimer’s care is one of the most difficult challenges a person can face. This piece will review the various components of Alzheimer’s care that all caregivers should consider; from the recognizable stages of Alzheimer’s to the challenges of caregiving for those with the disease   to tips to ensure you have the proper tools required to care for this difficult and unpredictable disease. The Stages of Alzheimer’s One of the most important things you can do in Alzheimer’s care is to set appropriate expectations. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects a person’s memory, judgement and ability to think logically. These symptoms become more pronounced as the disease progresses and abilities decline. Though there are treatments for …

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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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