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Personal Care Agreements

caregiver; parent

Many families reach a point when they recognize that an older relative needs more than occasional assistance. When a family member is the best one to provide full-time care, a written agreement may be the best way to clarify expectations and avoid conflict. The person providing care for a loved…

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Overnight Care

helping hands; care

The nighttime hours can be a time of danger for some seniors who live alone. Falls often happen at night, when an elderly person gets up to use the bathroom. Some seniors experience sleeplessness or increased anxiety at night. Many with early and mid-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease exhibit increased…

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How to Dispose of Unused Medication

If you have leftover or unused medications, you must dispose of them safely. The advice for many years was simply to flush away old prescriptions. But experts no longer think it wise to flush medications down the toilet or put them in household trash. It’s also unwise to leave unneeded…

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Are You Taking Too Much Medication?

Correct use of medication is a common concern in elder care. Many seniors receive prescriptions from multiple doctors, and often there is no one monitoring the big picture. A 2013 study from the Mayo Clinic found that seven of ten Americans take at least one prescription. That number increases for…

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