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What Does Dementia Look Like?

What Does Dementia Look Like?

When caring for a loved one that is exhibiting “different” behavior, it may be helpful to understand the characteristics of dementia as opposed to less serious behaviors that are associated with natural aging.  If the older adult in your care exhibits one or more of...
PTSD Among Family Caregivers

PTSD Among Family Caregivers

We most often hear the acronym PTSD as it relates to those returning from the stresses of battle in a time of war.  As a caregiver for an older adult, you may have recognized some similarities in your own emotional response to your situation.  They are similar in many...
How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

Many seniors receive therapy at home for various physical, occupational, speech or cognitive issues.  Are they ever “done”?  How much is “enough”? The answer to this question clearly varies from person-to-person, but the simplest answer comes from the recipient.  If...
A Surprising Key to Successful Aging: A Dog

A Surprising Key to Successful Aging: A Dog

When you consider the challenges of growing older, a variety of unhappy situations can come to mind.  Loneliness as we have less exposure to family and friends is one.  Less activity may lead to feeling less self-worth.  A life of responsibility becoming one of...
Rejecting Ageism

Rejecting Ageism

As a society, we quickly recognize overt prejudice.  Disparaging comments about skin color, national origin and religion are patently unacceptable.  Yet, seemingly innocuous comments to the elderly about their age do not raise much indignation. Being referred to as an...