The devastating effects of Alzheimer's and dementia are currently irreversible; however, there are medications that may help slow down the effects these diseases can have on the brain. If your parent is suffering from one of these diseases and can no longer live at home alone or with you, now might be a good time to look for a nursing home with a memory care unit. Memory care is designed specifically for treating people with these diseases, and some even have a special area, known as a Snoezelen room, which can be very beneficial for people with dementia or Alzheimer's.
27 September 2016
When your aging parent is in need of assisted living or nursing home care, it can often create feelings of stress. Stress is a common response because you may worry about the financial impact involved with such a profound level of care. Fortunately, Medicaid can provide the coverage your parent needs, which will ease feelings of stress and worry. However, there are some tips and tidbits of information you should know to help your loved one get the coverage they need.
28 July 2016
With people over the age of 65 making up a large and ever-growing part of the US population (the number was nearly 45 million people in 2013), many Americans are looking for ways to help their aging parents. In many cases, the best option for aging parents is for them to move to an assisted-living facility, where they will receive medical assistance and supervision while still getting to enjoy recreational and social opportunities.
26 April 2016
It can often be difficult for the average person to take care of an elderly or ailing parent. Even if you have the best of intentions, the reality is that your work schedule, general household duties and family obligations can quickly take up all the hours in your day. An ideal solution for this problem is to hire a home health aide to visit your parent at home and provide the care that he or she needs.
17 February 2016
Whether you're an optimist or a pessimist, aging with strength and maintaining your independence may become challenging. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your odds of aging with more control over your own destiny. The keys are awareness and action: know what you're up against and how to defend yourself. What Threatens Your Independence As You Age? Sarcopenia: The natural occurrence of losing muscle mass as you get older.
16 September 2015
Therapeutic lying seems like a contradiction in terms. It is often considered that the truth is the best policy, but some literature finds that lying to those with rather severe diseases, usually cognitive or mental in nature, is sometimes a much better policy. The medical literature generally refers to this as therapeutic lying, or lying that serves to better the interest of the patient in question. One of the most well known uses of therapeutic lying are cases where the patient is suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia.
24 August 2015