Category Archives for Family Caregiving

Tips to Manage Aggressive Behaviors in Alzheimer’s

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Of all of the many difficult behaviors that may arise as a result of Alzheimer’s, aggression is arguably one of the most challenging. While it can be hard to effectively manage, a good starting point is to understand that the aggressive behaviors in Alzheimer’s are manifested by the disease – not by the senior as […]

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Therapeutic Fibbing: Are White Lies Acceptable in Dementia Care?

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Honesty is the best policy, right? When providing dementia care to a loved one, caregivers are frequently faced with questions from their loved one that are removed from reality. A person with dementia may ask when a long-deceased relative is coming to visit, when he or she can return home, or a variety of other […]

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The Challenges of Sibling Dynamics When Caring for Elderly Parents

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As children, it wasn’t always easy to get along with our siblings. So it’s no surprise that the memories of past hurts from sibling conflict can resurface in our adult years. When trying to work together with siblings while arranging care or caring for elderly parents, it can raise new challenges in decision-making and fairly […]

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Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices to Better Manage High Cholesterol

Manage High Cholesterol

The pandemic has altered many things, from social gatherings and travel to book clubs and lunch dates with friends. While these unplanned and dramatic changes to life as we know it may cause some uncertainty and anxiety, it’s helpful to look for the silver lining in the situation: newfound time to focus on ways to […]

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Help Make Aging in Place a Reality with These Tips for Seniors

Aging In Place

As Dorothy Gale says in The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home,” and according to a recent study, nearly 87% of seniors agree with Dorothy, expressing a desire to remain at home and in their community as they age. These findings aren’t surprising, as home is more than a physical space, but also […]

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Act F.A.S.T.! Early Warning Signs of a Stroke

Signs of a Stroke

Each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 800,000 Americans are diagnosed as having a stroke. While the risk of stroke increases with age, strokes can occur in people of all ages. A stroke occurs when blood supply is blocked from part of the brain or when a blood vessel bursts, causing parts […]

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Respite Care Helps Family Caregivers Avoid Burnout

Respite Care

We all want what’s best for the older adults we love, and that’s especially true for those who have dedicated their lives to caring for a senior loved one at home. Caregiving is a selfless, challenging, and intensely rewarding experience, and taps into our reserve of patience, compassion, empathy, and stamina. If we’re not careful, […]

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Family Caregiving 101: Taking Care of Yourself First

Family Caregiving

When was the last time you met a friend for lunch? Had an annual physical? Engaged in a hobby you enjoy? If you’re a family caregiver, your answer may be, “I don’t remember.” While the goal of all family caregivers is to provide a loved one with the very best care possible, providing care week […]

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When a Loved One Has Dementia: Family Caregiving Techniques

Dementia

Imagine a world where nothing was familiar: your surroundings, the people talking to you, even your own reflection in the mirror. This is the unsettling reality for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, and why it’s not surprising that there are so many behavioral challenges associated with the disease.

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