#ElderCareChat 8/20/14 Recap: Hobbies for Seniors of All Abilities

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 40 new and returning participants talked about hobbies and meaningful activities for seniors of all ages and abilities. After covering some tough topics in our forum over the last few months, this chat topic was a ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 6/4/14 Recap: Ensuring the Physical Health of Those with Dementia

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 36 new and returning participants shared tips and insights about staying healthy through the difficult changes and stages of dementia.

We were pleased to have a guest tweeter join us to offer his expertise on the ...

 
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Advance Directive and Peaceful Death for Dementia Patients

Planning and making end-of-life decisions is one of the most difficult challenges seniors and their loved ones face. Having an advance directive in place that clearly spells out an individual’s preferences at death, however, can make the process less ...

 
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What Makes Memory Care Desirable?

Steve Moran, senior housing expert, says the love affair with memory care feels like a gold rush. Perhaps it’s the rapidly rising dementia rates, perhaps it’s the media’s negative portrayals of assisted living and nursing homes, perhaps ...

 
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Failure to Recognize Famous Faces Could Mean Dementia

Do you ever see a celebrity’s face on television or in a magazine and have trouble recognizing them? Difficulty remembering names is not always age-related, but it does become more pronounced as we get older. In an interesting new ...

 
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Discovering the Benefits of a Good Caregiver Support Group

When I was a practicing psychotherapist, I often referred patients to support groups, but was selective about whom to send. Support groups aren’t for everyone; they take a certain amount of “breaking in” and require commitment to be beneficial. ...

 
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Dementia and Sex in Senior Living

As we age, our sexual appetite may change, but it does not vanish. A 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine makes it clear: 53 percent of seniors ages 65 to 74 and 26 percent of seniors ages 75 to 85 reported being sexually ...

 
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Caregivers Need to Know Signs of Paranoia

Mental confusion, disorientation and memory impairment are signs usually present with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. They are some of the hardest aspects for caregivers to manage. Most caregivers quickly learn how to calm and ground their loved ...

 
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Study Shows Dementia Rates Declining in Europe

It isn’t often these days that we hear positive news about dementia and cognitive decline in the elderly. But a report recently cited by the NYTimesNewOldAge blog showed a decline in dementia rates in a Danish research study of 90...

 
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The Future of Memory Care

Brookdale Senior Living’s national Director of Dementia Care & Programs explains how memory care is provided today -- and what to expect for the future -- in terms of food. In the July/August issue of Senior Living Executive ...

 
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