Regular Contributors Bob Larkin
President, Senior Living Residences
Dr. Robert A. Stern
Director, Boston University School of Medicine's Alzheimer’s Disease Center Clinical Core
Corporate Director of Dining Experience, Senior Living Residences
Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Ph.D.
Adjunct Research Assistant Professor Neurology, Boston University, School of Medicine; "Memory Nutrition" Advisor to Senior Living Residences
Guest Contributors Todd C. Ratner, Esq
Estate-Planning, Business, and Real-Estate Attorney, Bacon Wilson
Mark H. Friedman
Owner Senior Helpers Northeastern Massachusetts
Owner Vareika Yoga, National Fitness and Yoga Examiner
Archive for the ‘Caregiving Tips’ Category
A common goal for anyone reading this is the eventual cure and eradication of Alzheimer’s disease. Every 69 seconds another individual develops this devastating brain disease. Currently, over 5.4 million…
The meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘yoga’ is ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’. The practice of yoga is known to form a union between the body, mind, and spirit. Having…
All too often, I hear the words, “I’d rather die!” from a patient with dementia after being told that they are no longer safe to drive and must stop driving. And, all too often I am told by the loved one of a patient with dementia that they are scared of bringing up the topic of driving cessation for fear of the patient’s anger or sadness.
De-stressing your body not only makes you feel better, but it can enhance your interactions with others. Caring for a loved one can be a major cause of stress, and learning to diffuse this tension can allow you to continue giving them the love and care they deserve. Try these stretches the next time stress gets the best of you.
Mild cognitive impairment cause memory loss and poor judgment, both of which may not be obvious until it’s too late. Seniors with mild cognitive impairment are at risk for making disastrous money management decisions that can jeopardize their life savings, their home ownership, as well as the finances of other family members.
More than two million seniors, over the age of 65, are diagnosed with some form of depression every year. Yet, only 38% of seniors believe depression is a health issue. And they’re more likely than any other age group to “handle it themselves.” In fact, research reveals that more than half of all seniors, age 65 and older, believe that it is normal for people to become depressed as they get older! This is simply not true and that’s why it is so important to raise awareness about depression this winter – a time when many people feel down.
At this time of year, many of us are “making a list and checking it twice”. In the midst of the holidays, the flurry of activity that surrounds the season…
Though the holidays can be full of cheer and traditional family celebrations, all this cherished fun and activity can be overwhelming for people with dementia (and their caregivers, too). Even…
Recently, I had a conversation with someone whose mother died of Alzheimer’s disease earlier this year and we discussed the enduring spirit of those living with this disease. Whenever I…
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive illness that effects different areas of the brain. Challenging behaviors are symptoms of the disease that can be lessened or “treated”. Changes to the brain…