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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…

Dementia and Guardianship

1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s). One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. By mid-century, someone in the United…

10 Safety Tips for the Elderly during the Icy Winter Months

Remember the excitement you felt as a kid when you got a snow day?!  Your imagination went wild as you fantasized about the snow fort you would make next to your perfect snow man. Unfortunately as we age, snow days become less exciting and more of an inconvenience, and sometimes even dangerous.  Making sure your…

Depression: Top Mental Health Threat to Seniors

Depression is NOT an inevitable part of aging. Changes that accompany later life – retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems – can sometimes lead to mental health issues like depression. Depression prevents elderly loved ones from enjoying life. Aside from mood, depression impacts energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health. Depression in…

10 ways to Maintain Your Brain© from The National Alzheimer’s Association

Head first: Good health starts with your brain. It’s one of the most vital body organs, and it needs care and maintenance. Take brain health to heart: Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s. Your numbers count: Keep your body weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol and blood sugar levels within recommended ranges….

Dementia and Caregiving Challenges

You probably know that caring for a loved one with dementia won’t be easy, but these sometimes embarrassing and unfamiliar behaviors might drive you nuts. Dementia and Caregiving Challenges Sleep problems and caregiver exhaustion are two of the most common reasons persons with dementia are placed in nursing homes. Causes of sleeplessness in dementia patients include…

What is a Health Directive for Dementia?

People with advancing dementia lose the ability to make decisions for themselves. Their families need to make medical decisions for them. Giving family members guidance about what kind of care you’d want if you were to develop worsening dementia can ease the burden of their decision making and make you feel more secure that you’ll…

Late Life Depression, Late-onset Depression and Dementia

Can you develop depression when you are past some of the most stressful times of life? So, you’ve raised your children, achieved success in a career and now you’re considering downsizing and finally, retirement. But, you don’t feel quite like yourself. You tell yourself, “I should be happy, but I’m not.” You don’t enjoy things…

Recognizing the Signs of Caregiver Burnout

You try to hide the feeling of being overwhelmed, however; caregiver burnout is serious and can lead to significant physical and mental health issues.  It is critical to know the signs and take steps to take care of yourself. Here are some signs of caregiver burnout: Overreacting to minor frustrations The constant feeling of exhaustion Loss of…

Practical Advice on Caring For a Parent with Dementia

When a diagnosis of dementia is made, the physician is pivotal in providing the knowledge and resources that are needed to care for the patient. Because family members provide the majority of care for persons with dementia, they are an essential resource for the patient and the health care system. Making sure physicians who are…