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The Battle of the Bath

— One of the more stressful behavioral issues family and caregivers have when caring for a person with dementia is waging “the battle of the bath.”  If you think about it, a growing fear and resistance to bathing makes sense since the process involves multiple steps and judgments, which may prove cognitively daunting for the person... Read More

The Case of the Missing Documents

— It’s tax time and the rush is on to submit the myriad documents necessary for tax filings. This can be a stressful enough time for even the most organized among us, but it is without doubt a time of high anxiety for seniors with cognitive impairments and their families. One of the chief concerns is... Read More

Anne Sansevero Discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder

— Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that correlates to the change of seasons – most commonly when sunshine and warmth may be hard to find. New York can be bitter, cold and dark during the winter months, making it a place where SAD may be more common. Anne Sansevero, CEO of Health... Read More

Thanksgiving Is a Time for Gratitude – and Sleuthing Opportunities

— Thanksgiving is a time when we gather around the table to give thanks with our families. If you have an aging loved one in your family, it is also a time to nurture your subtle but masterful Sherlock Holmes detective skills. Why? Thanksgiving starts the holiday season – a time when we gather around with our... Read More

It’s Time for Shots!

— If the pumpkins are showing their faces, it’s that time of year – time for shots! Here’s a Halloween scary fact from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): more seniors die every year from the flu or pneumonia than from car accidents. According to the CDC, both diseases combine to rank seventh on... Read More

Stand Tall Against Falls

— September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four Americans age 65 and older falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal, trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. For many elders who have a fall, this is often the... Read More

Help Not Wanted – No Caregivers Need Apply!

— One of the most common and frustrating issues family members of elderly seniors face is their parents’ resistance to accepting care in the home. It is the epic battle between safety and autonomy, and every day it plays out across America in different communities in different ways. It is often an agonizing time – one... Read More

It’s Discharge Time at the Rehab Facility – Now What?

— Transitioning a loved one home from a rehabilitation facility can be a stressful time for families. There are a lot of moving parts involved. Not only is it emotionally stressful, but if not handled effectively, the transition home can lead to exacerbation of health issues and increase the likelihood for rehospitalization. Here are some tips... Read More

Staying Ahead of the Game – Keeping the Brain Healthy

— Starting at age 65 years old the risk of developing dementia doubles every five years. By age 85 years, between 25 and 50 percent of people will exhibit signs of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia symptoms include a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other cognitive skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.... Read More