Memory Triggers: Born of Necessity

"But I don't know what to say when I visit" is the all-too common defense when a loved one has Alzheimer's or a related dementia. Sometimes, it is just too difficult to see the person you love in such an altered state; other times, it is simply lack of what used to be normal conversation. What do you say when Grandma can't remember the word for "hello" - or even ...

 
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Tips for an Emergency Room Visit

A visit to the emergency room can be stressful for anyone, especially a senior. They may often be alone in the ER or hesitant to speak up about a problem and they may also have multiple doctors and medications, sometimes making treatment difficult.

In order to get the best ER care and a safe visit, here are some tips:

Prepare for a visit - It is vital for a patient ...

 
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Communicating with a Person with Dementia

If you're communicating with someone with dementia, here are tips from the Family Caregiver Alliance for making that a better experience.

"We aren't born knowing how to communicate with a person with dementia-but we can learn," says the FCA. "Improving your communication skills will help make caregiving less stressful and will likely improve the quality of your relationship with your loved one. Good communication skills will also enhance your ability ...

 
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Keeping in Touch with the ‘Technology Shy’

Most mothers (80%) and grandmothers (74%) say they would rather spend time with family than receive a gift on Mother's Day. Speaking as a mother myself, and knowing my own mother and step-mother (and mother-in-law), this does not surprise me.

Here are some ideas that I found on a site for an e-mail type product Presto that allows the sender to send e-mail, but the receiver to simply receive a printout of ...

 
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