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What is ‘Sundowning?’

2023-10-05T17:27:48+00:00September 11, 2023|Alzheimer's & Dementia|

People who have spent a great deal of time with those with Alzheimer’s disease begin to notice behavioral patterns that are common between them. One of the most commonly recognized behavioral patterns associated with dementia is confusion, agitation and aggression associated with the late afternoon when the sun is setting. This phenomenon is known as sundowning and has been well-recognized within the medical and healthcare setting as well as in the literature in the fields of neurology and brain health.

Tackling Hospital-To-Home Conversations with Your Elder Loved One

2023-10-05T17:29:43+00:00September 4, 2023|Senior Care Advice|

Do you have a loved one who will soon be needing in-home care, especially after major surgery? Then you will soon know the feeling of having your routines disrupted almost beyond recognition. Often, the most difficult part of this is having to discuss, with the household's newest member, how things will be run. This seemingly arduous task can be made easier by what you do and say in the time leading up to the introduction of your loved one into the household.

Discharge Planning: Your Hospital-to-Home Checklist

2023-10-05T17:30:49+00:00August 28, 2023|Senior Care Advice|

A hospital stay can be a trying and stressful time for even the most patient and otherwise healthy of people, and this is doubly true for older adults who have become well-accustomed to living alone at home and who have established preferences and routines that are disrupted by staying in the hospital.

Special Needs In-Home Care: Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver

2023-10-05T17:34:35+00:00August 14, 2023|In-Home Care, Senior Care Advice|

In-home care for special needs children is a great option for working parents, senior parents of adult special needs children or parents who need a little break now and then. It allows your kids to feel comfortable in a familiar environment and helps them to feel safe by keeping their schedule predictable and consistent.

10 Ways of Improving Quality of Life for Dementia Patients

2023-10-05T17:37:44+00:00July 24, 2023|Alzheimer's & Dementia, Quality of Life|

Dementia affects approximately 4 to 5 million people across the United States and is one of the leading causes of death among seniors over 65. Dementia differs from general cognitive decline due to aging in that functioning decreases more rapidly and interferes significantly with daily activities.

6 Things Every Dementia Caregiver Should Know

2023-10-05T17:41:09+00:00July 10, 2023|Alzheimer's & Dementia|

Caring for a patient with dementia can be difficult, especially if that patient is a family member or friend. Seeing a loved one in decline can bring up some heavy emotions and present us with a frustrating new set of challenges when it comes to their health and well-being. To help you become the most effective and compassionate caregiver possible, here are six things every caregiver should know.

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