Top Tips for Caring for Challenging Alzheimer’s Symptoms

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Top Tips for Caring for Challenging Alzheimer’s Symptoms

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, a number of complex Alzheimer’s symptoms have to be carefully managed, the most difficult of which include hallucinations, illusions, and suspicions that others are out to cause the person problems or harm. False perceptions such as these occur most commonly in the advanced phases of progressive dementia because of changes within… Read more »

Navigating the Alternate Realities Created by Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease alters a senior’s mind so that recollections surrounding more recent incidents are lost or mixed up while those from the more distant past often remain intact. This can possibly cause the past to make more sense to an older adult with Alzheimer’s disease than the present. The senior’s alternate reality can be his… Read more »

Music Therapy for Dementia…in the Palm of Your Hand!

Nowadays, music is more accessible than ever before. For individuals who carry smartphones or tablets along with them every place they go, hundreds of thousands – if not tens of millions of songs – are just a couple of touches or finger swipes away. If you provide care for an elderly individual, your smartphone may… Read more »

Live Well receives Caring.com’s coveted Caring Star Agency Award for 2017

It’s estimated that nearly 90 percent of people 65 and over in the U.S. want to “age in place” or remain in their home during their elder years. One of the biggest obstacles to staying home as you age is how the senior will maintain independence if and when help is needed with everyday activities… Read more »

The Hardest Goodbye: A Granddaughter’s Story

I was 15 years old when I found out my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I had heard of it. I knew about it from friends who had grandparents who suffered through it (and I’d seen The Notebook a million times), but nothing can ever prepare you for what comes after the diagnosis. I… Read more »

Thank You for Loving Me

In 2015, I was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. My father, 85, and the youngest of 10, is living with Alzheimer’s, as well as one of his brothers. Their father also had the disease. Still fresh in my mind is an early incident at my grandparent’s home. My grandmother was trying to tell my grandfather… Read more »

Dental Care Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Dental care is one of the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. Proper oral care is necessary to prevent eating difficulties, digestive problems and infections. As a caregiver, you may have to assist with dental hygiene or take a more hands-on approach. Below are helpful tips from professionals at the Blende Dental Group,… Read more »

My Mother’s Fight Continues Through Me

When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I was a healthcare professional working in assisted living. I didn’t have much personal experience with dementia or first-hand knowledge of what it would be like to walk with someone on this journey. Suddenly, it became my mother’s journey and, eventually, my story as well. My sisters… Read more »

High Blood Pressure May Hike Dementia Risk

New statement from American Heart Association warns of link By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — High blood pressure, particularly in middle age, might open the door to dementia, the American Heart Association warns in a new scientific statement. Dementia affects some 30 million to 40 million people worldwide. That… Read more »

Why I Walk: Ahmed’s Story

Ahmed Ortiz is participating in the Sacramento Walk to End Alzheimer’s. He says the cause to #endalz is as close to his heart as a cause can be. Read Ahmed’s story below. I lost my dear mother, Marilyn Price, on July 14 to early-onset dementia. She was only 64. It was far too brief a… Read more »

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