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Questions to ask BEFORE Hiring a Caregiver

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Sep 4, 2015 11:44:26 AM

I want to start by saying I'm writing this not only as an Aging Life Care Professional™, but also as a daughter of someone that has in home care. Once help is needed in the home the situation is usually pretty stressful. Your loved one may be against the thought of "hired help", or even in denial of the fact that they need it. Hiring a caregiver for your loved one can be scary. The questions go on and on: Can you trust them? Do they have enough experience? Should I use a company or hire them privately?

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Home Safety Series - Preventing Falls (Part II)

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 22, 2015 4:29:53 PM

In part two of our Home Safety Series, we’ll focus on making your home safer by focusing on the bedroom, bathroom and other living areas. Our goal with this series is to help seniors reduce the risk of falling in their home environment. By taking a proactive approach to making these simple changes, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling.

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Home Safety Series - Preventing Falls

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 10, 2015 2:57:19 PM

In this article, we'll examine a number of changes you can make to the main living area of your home that will help reduce the risk of falling.  Injuries sustained from falls continue to impact the overall health and quality of life for many seniors.  By taking a proactive approach to making these simple changes, you can help to prevent the increased risk of a fall.

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The Savvy Caregiver - Tips

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jul 6, 2015 6:14:03 PM

Picture this: You have unexpectedly found yourself to be a caregiver, without previous training or conscious thought about how this role may change your daily life. Many caregivers experience a sense of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, as they navigate numerous new challenges.  However, caregiving can be a fulfilling experience, a time of increased self-discovery, a time of relationship and warmth.

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10 Ways to Love Your Brain and  Help Reduce Alzheimers/ Dementia

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Jun 28, 2015 9:58:32 PM

The following article, titled New research summary:  Lifestyle changes help reduce risk of cognitive decline, was published by the Alzheimer's Association on June 1st, 2015.

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Caregiver Tips - Alzheimer's and Dementia

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jun 19, 2015 3:55:22 PM

At Choices in Senior Care, my job as a nurse involves constant interaction with many different clients, families and professionals. I want to share a few tips that I think may be helpful to keep in mind when you’re caring for a loved one that’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Dementia is a terminally progressive illness, and the role you play as a caregiver can go on for a while. This role can be difficult and challenging at times, but please know that help is available to you. Here are a few tips

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Dementia Series-- Frontotemporal dementia

Posted by Brook Dickerson on Jun 12, 2015 9:23:03 AM

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a group of disorders caused by progressive cell degeneration in the brain's frontal lobes (the areas behind your forehead) or its temporal lobes (the regions behind your ears).

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Dementia Series - Lewy Body Dementia

Posted by Jeremy Painter on Jun 5, 2015 11:27:54 AM

Lewy Body Dementia

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Dementia Series - Vascular

Posted by Jeremy Painter on May 24, 2015 8:06:09 AM

Vascular Dementia, which is considered the 2nd most common cause of dementia, may occur with stroke or other conditions that damage blood vessels and reduce circulation, depriving the brain of vital oxygen and nutrients. This can result in generalized problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes. Symptoms may appear suddenly following strokes, or may begin as mild changes and gradually worsen with more minor strokes or other conditions affecting small blood vessels.

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