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Image: How to Deal with Sundowning

What is Sundowning?

Some people with Alzheimer’s Disease have a cluster of symptoms known as “sundowning.” Basically, sundowning is when a person’s agitation, confusion, neediness, and behavioral symptoms seem to get worse in the late afternoon when the sun is typically setting.


Image: The Staycation - Elderly Vacation Ideas

With rising gas costs, skim finances, or mobility issues, you may find yourself staying close to home without many vacation plans. So how about considering a “staycation?”   Read More...

Image: Chocolate Can Be Good For You

In August, 2011, medical researchers at the European Society of Cardiology announced that chocolate consumption may be able to reduce the risk of heart disease by one third.   Read More...

Image: Chronic Conditions - Becoming a Huge Problem

Cost of Chronic Illness

The numbers are staggering. The United States currently spends about $1.4 trillion on all healthcare costs. Of that total, 75% of all money spent is for older people with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Obesity to name a few of the most common. And 95% of all healthcare spent on seniors is for chronic conditions.   Read More...

Image: Guide to Spring Cleaning the Elderly Household

Spring Cleaning the Elderly Household

One of the jobs of a family caregiver is to help an aging parent or relative with old-fashioned housekeeping. Routine house cleaning can be done easily on a regular basis.  But, every so often, the house needs a more thorough cleaning.  Getting outside help, if your parent is okay with this, can be a good idea.  Knowing ahead of time what tasks you will assign to that person can seriously reduce the load of spring cleaning while also caregiving!  Whether you do it yourself or get help, here are some special considerations for seniors.   Read More...

Image: Getting Your Act Together

What does it mean to get “your act together?” I know I personally "commanded" it to myself ALL of the time. Many of us are certain that “other people” need to get their act together!  And all of us usually like to appear that we have mastered life.   Read More...

Image: Simplicity During a Family Crisis – Stand Still

Family Crisis:  Sociologists define a family crisis as a time when things are out of balance and potentially temporarily disorganized as the system of the family adjusts to an outside threat, challenge, or disrupting event. So, when things get crazy, what do most people do?   Read More...

Image: Yoga:  All Around Great Exercise For You and For Seniors

Yoga is a relaxing exercise that many people benefit from everyday. Most people use a video where there is someone demonstrating poses, while other people take yoga classes. Either way it is still a relaxing and fun exercise.   Read More...

Image: When Caregivers and Relatives Disagree

University Park, Pa. -- Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received. A study by researchers at Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging examined a major source of those differences -- caregivers do not understand the things that are important to their relatives with dementia.   Read More...

Image: 5 Tips to Keep Your Sanity as a Caregiver

Of course you know that what you are doing is “worth it.” Of course caring for your loved one brings many rewards. But some days you just feel like your loved one is driving you nuts! As somebody who cares for a loved one, you are part of a special group of people who contributes more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care each year--and that’s just for Alzheimer’s care!

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