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New Approaches to Dementia Care

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approaches to dementia careOnce upon a time, seniors with dementia were defined by what they could no longer do. Today, however, many caregivers are focusing on the abilities that remain rather than on those that have been lost.

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When Should I Hire a Professional Elder Care Advocate?

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elder care advocateLast month, I shared tips from IKOR International’s founder and chief innovation officer, Patricia Maisano, on how to be an effective advocate for your senior loved one.

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#ElderCareChat 7/1/15: How Tech Tools Are Advancing Elder Care

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lack of internet use may sideline senior citizensDuring Wednesday’s live discussion, 75 new and returning participants exchanged information, insights, and ideas on the technology innovations in the pipeline – and currently on the market – designed to support, enhance and streamline the daily routines of caregivers and seniors. (more…)

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage

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dementia stages timelineThough every type of dementia is different and every person who has dementia is different, understanding the basic stages can make a tremendous difference in the life of the senior, says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists, a specialized offering of the Crisis Prevention Institute. “Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias tend to progress through predictable stages,” she …Read more ›

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5 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Senior Loved One

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senior advocacyMany of us stumble into the role of advocate without any prior knowledge of the senior care landscape. And because we are not professional advocates or caregivers, it can be difficult to make our voices heard in a setting like a hospital, nursing home, or other senior community. So how can we as adult children (and other family members) make sure our loved ones …Read more ›

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Managing a Senior Health Crisis: What to Ask Before Leaving the Hospital

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discharge planningWhen crisis happens, we’re often caught off guard. Perhaps your mom fell at home and broke her hip, or your uncle suffered a heart attack in the nursing home. They are rushed to the hospital, and then discharged after a few days of acute care. But what happens when they arrive back at home or their senior living community and are unprepared for life …Read more ›

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Protecting Seniors’ Financial Assets for Future Generations

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protect financial assetsMy grandmother is 90 years old and lives in a nursing home. She worked her whole life and amassed a decent amount of wealth, only to have most of it drained away in her years in independent living, then assisted living, and now in a nursing home with dementia care.

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#ElderCareChat 5/6/15 Recap: Stressful Caregiving Scenarios and Solutions

shutterstock_130607537During Wednesday’s live discussion, 40 new and returning participants were presented with several common conundrums that can make the already challenging work of day-to-day caregiving even more stressful. Instead of simply discussing those scenarios, attendees presented several solutions for each — many of the answers originating from the real-life experiences of those who have been, or are currently, caregivers. …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 4/18/15 Recap: Hoarding Among Seniors & Caregivers

shutterstock_87052121During Wednesday’s live discussion, 32 attendees talked about the “emotional tug-of-war” that can happen between a caregiver (or caring family member) who is trying to help a hoarder, the “save everything” mentality that many Depression-era seniors possess, and the importance of recognizing that filling a dumpster doesn’t always solve the deeper issue. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 3/4/15 Recap: Ways to Creatively Care

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ideas for creative caregivingDuring Wednesday’s live discussion, 38 new and returning participants brainstormed inspiring ideas for infusing creativity into caregiving as a way to connect generations, lessen the drudgery of caregiving’s daily grind, and to communicate in new ways with those for whom we are caring. (more…)

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