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Tips to Communicate Effectively with Someone Who Has Dementia

Dementia can be devastating for both those who are experiencing it and the caregivers who are trying to communicate with them. The progression of it varies depending on the individual and the specific diagnosis, and it can become more pronounced over time. Imagine how frustrating it would be to lose…

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How to Avoid Becoming a Helicopter Child

Over the last several years, it’s become incredibly common to hear about helicopter parents. These parents micromanage every aspect of their children’s lives, making it impossible for a child to function on his or her own. What’s less common to hear about, though, are helicopter children. These are children of…

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Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation

Isolation can have serious effects on one’s mental and physical health. The feeling of being alone is hard at any age, but it is especially difficult for seniors. Sadly, isolation is becoming increasingly common among our seniors and will continue to increase as the senior population grows. Fortunately, there are…

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6 Common Emotions of Being a Caregiver

You may be familiar with the five stages of grief, which most people go through when a loved one dies. But did you know that caregivers experience emotional phases as well? Some of these feelings may happen right away, while others will surface over time. As a caregiver, it’s important…

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Do’s and Don’ts on Dealing with Dementia Behavior

Caring for someone with mid-to-late stage dementia can be challenging to say the least. Progressive dementia is full of life-altering changes, and everyone experiences them differently. When people experience confusion, communication difficulties, or the loss of memories, challenging behaviors may arise as they struggle to cope with a new normal.…

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What is “Sundowning”?

Are you caring for someone who exhibits confusion and agitation in the late afternoon and evening? This phenomenon is known as “sundowning.” According to the Mayo Clinic, sundowning isn’t a disease in itself, but a group of symptoms that occur at a particular time of day, typically in people with…

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Could it be Alzheimer’s?

About 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in the world. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia—60 to 80 percent of dementia cases are caused by Alzheimer’s disease. It is a…

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Personal Care Agreements

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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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UV Safety

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July is the perfect month to talk about sun and UV safety. The sun is bright and the temperatures hot, and many people spend a lot more time outside during the summer than at other times of the year. If you aren’t prepared properly for sun safety, you can cause…

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