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Knowing When to Say When: Dementia Care Placement

One of the most difficult, emotionally trying and even guilt-inducing decisions any geriatric caregiver of a dementia sufferer has to make is deciding when to place that individual in some type of congregate care setting, i.e. assisted living or the dementia area of a skilled nursing center. Such a decision is never clear-cut as each case is…

5 Geriatric Care Management Tips for the Sandwich Generation

The Sandwich Generation refers to a generation of people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children. If you’re a caregiver in this generation you might liken the associated financial and emotional stress with the feeling of being “sandwiched” between the two responsibilities that are taking up most of your time….

5-Step Geriatric Care Management Plan for Dementia Patients and The Families Caring For Them

Caring for a loved one with dementia comes with a unique set of challenges that often require professional support to effectively manage long-term care. Because dementia is a deteriorating condition, a physician/caregiver/patient relationship is the recommended approach for meeting the needs of elderly patients with dementia. Follow these 5 steps to plan ahead and find…

Mental Illness and Disorganization

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, I would like to share some information about the link between mental illness and disorganization/hoarding. Many individuals with mental illnesses also have issues with disorganization. This is primarily because the area of the brain most often affected by mental illness is the Central Executive. The CE…

Identity Fraud Targeting the Elderly

The largest coordinated sweep of identity fraud involving US seniors has recently been conducted. The US Department of Justice has reported that more than one million elderly people have collectively lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of this targeted financial abuse. The Department has criminally charged 200 out of 250 defendants identified in the…

Food for Thought: Why Switching to Veganism Can Be an Invaluable Health Choice for Seniors With Disabilities

Advancing in age also means becoming more vulnerable to a long list of diseases and disabilities. But much like other population groups, the elderly may also enjoy the health benefits of switching to a vegan diet. The topic of aging and veganism is not widely studied but here are some of the ways that senior…

The Different Levels of Clutter/Hoarding and How to Recognize Them

Clutter can mean different things for different people. For some, a small pile of clothes in the corner of an otherwise well-ordered room constitutes serious clutter. For others, the clutter might only register when a room in their house becomes inaccessible. To help us more accurately distinguish the level of the clutter and provide appropriate…

Choose Love, Not Stuff

I wrote this while my mother was ill some time ago, but the message is still true: Choose balance, choose love, and replace “things” with treasured memories and happy days. There is never enough time. As I sit here in the ICU with my ailing mother I lament on what I should have done. What…

How to Declutter your Life – Lessons from Nature

There is a natural order to the world. Think about it. There are all sorts of ways that nature keeps a balance to prevent clutter. Rain washes away debris and feeds the earth. Flowers die and drop seeds to reproduce more flowers. Forest fires rekindle growth in over grown areas. Even as human beings we…

Hoarding and Mental Health – Finding the Support You Need

For adults with disabilities or special needs, disorganization can be a huge problem — for both the individual and the family. Individuals with mental health issues often exhibit the attributes of hoarding disorder. Understanding the delicacy, privacy and pain of a hoarder’s situation is key to gaining their trust and reducing their stress during the…