How to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. It destroys brain cells and affects a person’s memory, thinking, and behavior.

Many people with Alzheimer’s receive daily assistance and care from family members, partners, or close friends. According to the Trusted SourceCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, around 63% of people whose loved ones have Alzheimer’s disease can expect to provide care for 5 years or longer.

If you are a caregiver, this can take a toll on your well-being.

This article identifies 12 tips to help people care for someone with Alzheimer’s, how to care for yourself, and when to seek professional help.

Read the entire article HERE for more detailed information.

This information provided courtesy of Medical News Today.

Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home Care: How They Differ

Are you attempting to weigh assisted living versus nursing home care as an option for yourself or a family member? Many Americans just like you are doing exactly that. They’re looking for clear answers about senior living possibilities and the differences between them. Thankfully, you’re in the right spot to find some of those answers.

With help from this article, you can start making informed decisions that result in a comfortable, connected, and care-focused quality of life for you or your loved one. After all, a lot of today’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities are warm, homelike communities where older adults enjoy kindness and respect, make new friends, entertain visitors, and pursue satisfying leisure activities.

As you’ll soon discover, there isn’t just one main difference between assisted living and nursing home care. Rather, each type of senior care community has several special and defining characteristics. In this article, you’ll learn more about those differences as they relate to the following aspects:

Common types of residents
Typical living spaces
Care services
Other kinds of services
Primary caregivers
Cost and payment methods

Read the entire article HERE for more detailed information.

This information provided courtesy of Great Senior Living.

The Power of Forgetting & Resilience

My father has a brilliant mind for Health Policy, he’s been an expert in the field for more than 50 years. Even now, at 84, he is working most of the time, teaching at universities and participating on numerous board and commissions on health policy issues. He has no problem weaving in the complexities of today’s health care challenges with the issues and efforts that have plagued this country for the past 50 years. He’s a sought after expert because of what he knows and remembers. And yet, for all this brilliance, he can not remember the name of the infection that almost killed him 2 years ago this week: Necrotizing Fasciitis.

He is left with the scars internally and externally of the infection. He knows he came so close to dying, that he was in the Trauma ICU for 8 weeks, on a ventilator and dialysis, then another 2 weeks in the main hospital and then 6 weeks in a long term acute care hospital, dedicated only for those needing the most intensive care, still with tracheotomies and wound vacs and feeding tubes and round the clock care.

Slowly, he got better. As a nurse once described to me: with chronic critical care, you improve by losing “one tube at a time.” Miraculously (they all said to me) he lost the tubes – one by painstaking one were removed. Eventually, he got to the point he could come home with 24/7 home health and home care. And then, even that need lessened to where he needs minimal help today.

The permanent physical damage means he can not join his friends in tennis and golf – so much for that idea of retirement. So, he didn’t retire. The pandemic has been a strange gift to him. The world switching to Zoom meant he could re-join his students and colleagues from the comfort of his home, and the comfort of sweat pants covering his bandages.

My father’s mind is amazingly filled with so many facts and the fabulous ability to distill complex ideas into simpler explanations for others. But, when he’s in medical appointments and talking to friends, he turns to me to tell him, once again, what happened to him. He can’t seem to remember the name: Necrotizing Fasciitis. I’ve written it down a few times, we typed it into his iPhone if he needs it for appointments.

For months, this was so strange to me. How could he not hold on to this one key detail, the name of the infection that wreaked such havoc on his life and our lives. He doesn’t even remember the more sensationalized lay term: flesh eating bacteria.

And then, one day it hit me: his mind is helping him move forward.

Perhaps forgetting is the true act of resilience. I remember years ago in an intro to psychology class in college learning about the amazing coping strategies our brains have to help us move forward after trauma. How for some, making them remember painful details exacerbates PTSD, rather than alleviates.

At some point, I stopped reminding my father of what he – and we – went through. My sisters, mother and I went through our own trauma through this experience. Some memories have faded, some are still just as sharp and painful. We’re working through our own story of resilience.

For my father, perhaps, a bit of ignorance is truly a bit of bliss. And I’m so grateful for what he doesn’t remember about the past and almost dying. For now, he’s too busy living.

This information provided courtesy of All About Seniors, by Heather Altman, DrPh, CCM

How To Use a Home Sale to Pay for Long-Term Senior Care

How To Use a Home Sale to Pay for Long-Term Senior Care

Even the healthiest seniors experience some physical and mental changes as they age, making it more difficult to keep up with household chores and home maintenance. If one of your parents has been asking for help more often than usual, it may be time to consider long-term care, which gives seniors access to professional caregivers with extensive experience providing personal and medical care.

If your parent needs some type of long-term care, it’s important to be prepared for how much it can cost. For seniors who can remain at home with a little help, home health services cost an average of $5,148 per month. Nursing home care costs the most, averaging $7,908 per month for a semiprivate room and $9,034 per month for a private room.

Many seniors don’t have enough cash saved to cover these expenses, leading them to look for other ways to pay for long-term care. One option is to sell a primary residence and use the proceeds to pay for assisted living or nursing home services. If your parent agrees to sell their home, you should be aware of what the process entails and plan ahead to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Read the entire article HERE for more detailed information.

This information provided courtesy of  Senior Advice, by Lori Thomas,

Seniors’ Nutrition: Tips and Guidelines for Healthier Eating

What makes seniors’ nutrition such an important topic? Isn’t food just…food? Well, you might be surprised. Your food choices can have big impacts on your well-being. For instance, healthy eating habits can improve your energy levels, boost your immune system, and make you feel great inside and out. For some older adults, they can even help restore feelings of youthfulness.

Simply put, good nutrition is essential for your physical health. Making good food choices may help you prevent or manage diseases and other physical conditions. Certain foods—such as those that contain omega-3 fatty acids—can also help your mind stay sharp. So adopting heathier eating habits is in your best interests if you intend to enjoy your senior years to the fullest.

As you learn more about incorporating good nutrition into your life, keep in mind that it’s different than dieting. Implementing a nutrition plan is simply about making healthy food choices on a regular basis and being aware of how much you eat from certain food groups. You still get to enjoy a variety of delicious foods, and you shouldn’t be left feeling hungry after a meal. When you combine good nutrition with being active, you’ll have an excellent wellness plan in place.

Read the entire article HERE for more detailed information.

This information provided courtesy of  Great Senior Living, the publisher

How to Help Your Aging Parent Get Proper Nutrition

How to Help Your Aging Parent Get Proper NutritionIt isn’t uncommon for a person to eat significantly less as they get older. Your aging parent may eat less because he/she is less active, which can lead to decreased appetite, or because he/she isn’t able to prepare food. However, even though your aging parent isn’t burning as many calories, she still needs to take in proper nutrition to maintain a healthy body weight and remain strong. How to Help Your Aging Parent Get Proper Nutrition
Malnutrition is common in seniors, which can affect their risk for diseases and their ability to fight disease. Some things caregivers can do to help aging parents maintain a healthy diet is collaborate with them on ways to get in the proper nutrients or ensure they have simple meals and snacks ready to go.

Read the entire article HERE for more detailed information.

This information provided courtesy of  Senior News By Kathy Macaraeg



What to Expect: Advice on Caring for Aging Parents

Senior man with elderly mother. By Sandor Kacso. Caring for aging parents can be challenging on many levels. Seniors Guide shares caregiving advice from adult children who have been there.

Caring for aging parents can be challenging on many levels. In the third of her series, “What to Expect When Your Parents Are Aging,” Seniors Guide writer Terri L. Jones shares caregiving advice from children who have been there.

Back when you were raising your kids, you may have read some books, taken a class or two, or at least talked to other parents about what to do and what not to do. Now, your parents may need the same level of care from you. But rather than arming yourself with knowledge, you’ve probably chosen not to think about it, much less do anything about it!

So that you’re not left in the lurch during this challenging time, we’ve compiled some insights from adult children who have had to learn their lessons the hard way. By sharing their advice on caring for aging parents, we hope to save you some of the missteps and help make this time with your parents a little less stressful and a whole lot more special.