Keep Aging Parents Homes Safe

Keep Aging Parents Safe

You may have grown up in a house and think there can’t be too many things wrong with this place you love, right? That’s not entirely true. Just like our bodies, our houses need care and maintenance to be considered safe, especially if aging parents still live in that house. Maybe your parents have moved … Read more

Top Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Memory Loss

The first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease vary from person to person. For those with late-onset Alzheimer’s, the disease first begins to show signs in their mid-60s. For those with early-onset Alzheimer’s, symptoms typically appear any time between their mid-30s to mid-60s. What are some of the signs and symptoms we can begin looking for with … Read more

Sleep or Lack Thereof

Sleep

The definition of sleep is defined as, “a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.” There you have it. You or your loved one may not be … Read more

Music Therapy in Dementia Patients

Music

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato. Music is everywhere and in some cases it’s attached to everything inside us. For others, it’s sound that travels around the room and is nice to listen to every once in a while. For … Read more

Risks of Eating Alone at Home

Eating Alone

A diet consisting of cream and sugar sounds yummy, but as you can guess, isn’t nutritionally sound and won’t sustain you throughout the day. That’s exactly what my grandma would put on most everything. Cream and sugar on her cereal, pancakes, potatoes, etc. The list goes on and on. Not everyone is like my grandma … Read more

Engagement for Seniors with Dementia

Seniors on Bikes

What’s the weather like today? Are you coming home soon? How many kids do you have now? Is it nice outside? When are you coming home? You have two boys and one girl? For those with Dementia, if they are not actively engaged in a conversation or activity, and depending on their level of Dementia, … Read more

Services Offered Within Assisted Living

Services within assisted living

Making a transition from your home to assisted living is a monumental change for anyone and while it may be the best decision for everyone involved, there still may be questions about what services are offered for your loved one. Although every state and facility is different, the level of care and services offered should … Read more

Dealing with Sundowners for Caregivers

Sundowning

You either know what Sundowning is or you don’t. For those caregivers having to deal with it, they know all too well what this neurological behavior is like.  For those that don’t know what Sundowning or sundown syndrome is, let’s define it. Wikipedia defines Sundowning as a neurological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in … Read more

Mourning the loss of friends to Dementia/Alzheimers

Memory Loss

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are two separate diseases that both demand the loss of memory. Dementia is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory and thinking skills. While Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Both Dementia and Alzheimer’s … Read more

Pet Ownership and Seniors

Benefits of Pet Ownership

Animals play a huge role in our everyday lives. They comfort us when we need a pick me up, the play with us when we need a break, they give us exercise when they need to be walked, and most importantly, they greet us with overwhelming energy when we walk through the door. But, there … Read more