The Dangers of Medication Non-Adherence and How to Prevent Them

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The Dangers of Medication Non-Adherence and How to Prevent Them

Many of us realize that medicines can be life-saving, but many of us have also heard alarming tales about patients who have been given incorrect medication – either as a consequence of an issue with the doctor or pharmacy. What many people don’t think about is that there is a hidden threat even when we… Read more »

Top Tips for Managing Medication for Older Adults

There are an astounding 10,000+ prescription drugs obtainable in America, and close to one-third of all adults take five or more of these medications each day. If you happen to be a care provider for an aging loved one, the difficulty of handling the prescriptions, interactions and dosages can be challenging. In fact, research shows… Read more »

Pressure Sore Management Advice from Private In-Home Caregivers

Impacting approximately one out of every ten older adults, and even more widespread in those who smoke, in those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, or whose skin is more fragile, pressure sores (also known as bed sores or pressure injuries) are not just very painful – they can quickly advance to infections that can… Read more »

Ways to Prevent Dry Skin in Elderly Adults

As we age, our skin gets more dry and more delicate. As reported by Medscape, up to 75% of older adults endure dry, flaky skin, which is not only easily damaged (cut, scratched, or bruised), but also frequently results in uncomfortable itchiness. The most prevalent places for dry skin in elderly adults are the elbows,… Read more »

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 »

Live Well at Home Helps Caregivers Make Better New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions: we love to make them, and can’t help but break them. Perhaps you’ve been energized to eat healthier, lose those stubborn ten pounds, quit a bad habit or exercise more regularly; but life has a way of interfering with our best motives, and this is particularly true for family caregivers of senior… 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 »

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