Elderly Care

Do You Know the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

An older man pours his coffee without showing any symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Contributed by Christine Binney

Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. 5.3 million Americans currently suffer from the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Although it is such a prevalent disease, most people living with Alzheimer’s are not aware of their diagnosis.  Only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers report ever being told of their diagnosis by a healthcare provider. That is why it is so important to understand the symptoms of Alzheimer’s so that you can seek out the best care for your loved one and the proper support for yourself as a caregiver.

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Things You NEED to Know About Hospice Care at Home

A man holds a cup of coffee contemplating if he should consider hospice care at home for his ailing father.

Contributed by Haley Buress

If you are searching for hospice care at home, you are likely experiencing a wide range of emotions. Depending on how you came to your current situation, you might be struggling with issues of peace and understanding, as well as grief and confusion. But giving your loved one the chance to spend their last months at home is one of the best gifts you can give. People who are able to die at home are given the chance to be around those that they love, surrounded by their favorite things at home. Because we know that hospice care at home can be uncharted territory for many caregivers, we have compiled a few things that you need to know when bringing the service home with you.

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Understanding Dementia and Dealing with Difficult Behavior

An elderly woman is wandering, lost and needs people to start understanding dementia.

Contributed by Nathan McVeigh

While people are aware that dementia and Alzheimer’s are two different terms, many of us struggle to understand the difference between the two. Essentially, dementia is an “umbrella” term that describes multiple symptoms and diseases. In this case, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Understanding dementia is the main lesson caregivers and family members must learn in order to know how to deal with the difficult behaviors associated with the disease.

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How to Deal with Elderly Divorced Parents

A young man goes through a photo album with his dad, who is one of his divorced parents.

Contributed by Haley Burress

Divorce can affect adults and children of all ages. While you might think of the challenges that happen when divorced parents split assets and childcare duties, the ramifications of divorce can echo well into the senior years. As your parents age, you might find yourself dealing with some unexpected situations, some of which can have direct implications on their health when it comes to their marriage. Let’s take some time to break down a few ins and outs of aging divorced parents so that you can better navigate everything from relationships to caregiving.

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: The Stages of Alzheimer’s

A couple walks down the beach holding hands and showing no signs of the 3 stages of Alzheimer's.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

For years, my family desperately tried to navigate through the confusion, worry, and loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. My grandmother was slipping away before our very eyes. With heavy hearts, we watched her struggle with daily activities and saw her sweet and quiet demeanor become hostile and withdrawn. Eventually, we were met with the devastating realization that she no longer knew us. She no longer knew herself. A woman who lived a beautiful life full of love and family could not recall any part of it. As time passed, she lost her ability to walk, talk, eat, or use the restroom. We watched her transform into a shell of her former self and could not do anything to prevent it. Instead, we stood back and admired my grandfather’s undying love and devotion as he diligently cared for her for many years. He lost the love of his life – long before he laid her to rest.

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7 Fun Games for Seniors to Play with Children

A grandfather explores games for seniors on the iPad with his grandson.

Contributed by Nora Stasio

Sometimes bridging the generation gap can be stressful. How many of us have been in this sort of scenario:

Grandpa comes to visit for Father’s Day. Your young son says hello politely, then goes straight back to the couch to play ‘Minecraft’ alone on his iPad. Grandpa doesn’t seem to mind, he just wants to watch golf on TV. Sure, they’re in the same room, but they’re in their own little worlds, not interacting. You’d love to see them bond by partaking in some sort of game together, but what might they both enjoy? You need something colorful and stimulating enough to hold your son’s attention, but relaxing and accessible enough for slower-moving Grandpa.

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A Brief Introduction to Elderly Home Care

An older woman walks along with her elderly home care aide.

Contributed by Haley Burress

Most aging adults would love the opportunity to stay in their home for as long as possible. However, increased physical and cognitive ailments can sometimes make staying at home seem impossible. If your loved one is struggling with remaining safe at home, or if you are living there too and need some additional help throughout the week, elderly home care is an option to explore. Here is a quick lowdown on what you need to know as you decide if elderly home care is for you and your family.

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3 Ways to Make Your House Wheelchair Accessible

A woman is in a wheelchair accessible kitchen which makes her life so much easier.

Contributed by Christine Binney

If you or a family member are dealing with an illness, injury, or frailties of old age, then it’s important to transform your house into a space that allows for both comfort and independence. If mobility issues have placed you or a loved one in a wheelchair, there are ways to make your existing home wheelchair accessible. By modifying your house to make it more accessible, you’re making it possible to live and retire comfortably in your own home with your own memories rather than facing the challenges of moving to a nursing home or assisted living center.

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Mom and Dad are Moving In: Tips for Transitioning to an In Home Caregiver

As two seniors sit on the front porch of their daughters house, the daughter realizes she had become an in home caregiver.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

Opening your home to a parent in need of care is a big step. Though the move might be the best decision for you and your parent, the transition can be difficult. Taking the time to plan ahead will create a smoother transition for everyone in the household. Here are a few tips to help you as you prepare to take on the role of an in home caregiver.


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