Should You Bring Grandma Home for the Holidays?

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Assisted Living Safety, care at home, Dimentia at 4:45 pm by admin

Christmas time and the surrounding holidays are supposed to be easy opportunities for families to be together, reminiscing about the old days and making new memories. But for many seniors who live alone in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, this season can be the most depressing of all. Families who have loved ones in elderly care homes, then face a serious question: should we bring your parents or grandparents home for the holidays?

For many, this is an easy answer: yes. Why leave your parent alone and sad when you live close enough to bring her into your living room? It seems downright delinquent and selfish to leave her there. And indeed, they are right. It can seem that way. But certainly, not every family ought to bring their aging loved ones home for any length of time. Especially the holidays.

Carol Abaya of NewJerseyNewsroom.com took on this issue, advising families not to do it if the visit would induce more stress. to some, this might sound harsh, but I think she is right. Especially if there are physical dependency issues. Would it really be right to bring someone home if you are not able to adequately, or honorably, deal with these complications?

Abaya lists some questions to consider before making this decision. If your loved one gets easily confused, or is incontinent, for example, you should probably not do it. And if the drive from the nursing home is too long, it will likely not be worth it, either.

Here is the thing. If you as a family member are making a decision to do something nice, but you are doing it because you simply cannot live with yourself if you didn’t, that should be a red flag. The better question is this: Will bringing my loved one home be a blessing to her and the rest of the family? If you are unsure of the answer, be careful that you do not rush into a decision.

If you decide not to bring her home, that does not mean you have to ignore her, and it does not mean she must have a miserable Christmas. There are ways that you and the family can still make her holidays happy, even while she is in there.

Abaya recommends a couple of basic ideas, like visiting her, going to a scheduled lunch or dinner and making a video. I say, you should take it a step further. Make her feel like she is a part of the festivities even though she cannot be there. Visit her, yes. But bring her some of the Christmas cookies you had the night before. Have the kids come with you, and have her open a present from them. And remember to call her, too, during the events that she will miss. Let her hear the festivities, or even see them, if she is able to video chat.

The point is this: when grandma is in good health and good spirits, it is awesome to bring her home for the holidays. Sometimes, however, grandma would be more comfortable staying put where people know how to take care of her personal (sometimes very private) elder care needs. If that is the case, it is much better to bring a party to her, rather than bringing her home for the party.

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Volunteer Services Helping Seniors in the Dallas area

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Referral Service, care at home, Dimentia, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen at 8:45 pm by admin

For many Dallas/Fort Worth senior residence, the difference between staying independent enough to live at home or needing to move into an elderly care facility may lie squarly on the shoulders of volunteers from their own community.

There are a plethera of service organizations that specifically target home-bound seniors living in the Dallas/Fortworth metroplex. Services offered vary by organization and depend on the number of qualified volunteers available, but may include transportation, housekeeping assistance, meal preparation and delivery, light maintenance, friendly visits or phone calls, respite care (particularly for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia),

People Helping People
People Helping People offers assistance to Dallas seniors age 62+ helping homeowners with minor exterior home repairs that improve the safety of the home including replacing rotted wood, scraping and painting, installing handrails, replacing ramps, steps, and porches.

Faith in Action
NSEAM Living at Home/Block Nurse Program
(817) 338-2958 ext. 15
Volunteers from this Fort Worth-based organization offer Tarrant county seniors assistance with bill paying, light household chores, friendly visits or phone calls, meal preparation, shopping, transportation, personal and respite care.

Catholic Charities of Dallas
Phone: (214) 826-8330
Catholic Charities has three locations serving Dallas residents age 60 and over. Volunteers at the three Dallas locations provide hot meals, health screenings, social events, community activities, and assistance.

Meals on Wheels
Collin County Committee on Aging (CCCoA)
CCCoA is a private nonprofit organization serving Collin County seniors by delivering about hot meals for lunch and dinner weekdays, and weekends. They also offer congregate lunches at six senior centers located in Farmersville, McKinney, Plano, Bart Peddicord Community Center, Princeton, Allen

CCCoA volunteers also provide transportation to seniors, caregiver support, benefits counseling, and case management services.

Are you or the senior you love feeling overwhelmed with housework and meal preparation? Losing track of which bill is due when? Got a fix-it list that’s been neglected? Need a ride to the doctor’s office? Could benefit from respite care? Need a grocery-getter? A friendly visit or phone call? Pick up the phone and call one of the above organizations; there are volunteers ready to help you stay as independent at home as possible.

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Alzheimer’s And Smoking

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, dementia, Dimentia, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services at 5:19 pm by admin

According to a new study just released and written about in the Wall Street Journal, smokers appear to have a significantly higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s or Dementia than the average citizen.

For most people, this might not be a surprise. The effects of smoking on a person’s lungs, and the subsequent risks of developing lung cancer have been explored ad nauseum. Every one knows that smoking is bad for you. However, the fact that it appears to be able to affect a neurological disease like Alzheimer’s is very interesting.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of Dementia. Common “Senior Moments” and memory decay do not necessarily indicate Alzheimer’s. Most seniors will experience those things as a natural mark of the aging process. Alzheimer’s, however, is much more severe. It is one of the top ten causes of death in the United States, and it afflicts millions of Americans right now. Recent numbers indicate that there might be more than five million cases. Seniors are for more likely to get it than others, of course. As a form of Dementia, Alzheimer’s is a disease that decreases brain activity. It affects not only the memory, but all parts of the brain. It can severely hamper a person’s thinking processes, and even their subconscious ones. It can be catastrophic to a senior’s independence, and it can cause immense emotional hardship on the family. That is not to mention the natural damage it does physically, causing a host of problems all over the body, including the heart.

So for seniors who smoke, the news that their habit could contribute to something as difficult and daunting as Alzheimer’s could be a sufficient wakeup call.

The study, which was documented by Shirley S. Wang, says that after 20 years of research and observation, says that heavy smokers (people who smoke two or more packs a day) who continue their habit into their 50′s and 60′s are far more likely to develop Alzheimer’s and Dementia. How much more likely? Get this: 157% more likely to develop Alzheimers, and 172% more likely to get vascular dementia.

As for those who smoke less than that, from from one to two packs a day, the results were not quite as heavy, but still significant. There was a 44% greater chance of getting Alzheimer’s, and 37% greater chance of developing dementia.

One of the study’s authors, Dr Rachel Whitmer, explains how this might happen:

“We know smoking compromises the vascular system by affecting blood pressure and elevates blood-clotting factors, and we know vascular health plays a role in risk of Alzheimer’s disease,”

What This Means, Practically

Many seniors who have reached old age (especially those who have a solid family health history) often feel like they have earned the right to “coast.” And that might be true. But for heavy smokers, the danger has not disappeared just because they made it through life smoking. For them, this study really ought to sound an alarm. If Alzheimer’s really is so emotionally damaging (which it is), and if it is really so dangerous (which it is), and if it really is such a frustrating enigma that drains people’s strength, feelings, and finances (yes, it does!), then all seniors who want to smoke really ought to take heed. After all, if you want to see the family and know the grandchildren, you need to keep your mind sharp. When that goes, everything else can go, too.

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Stopping Senior Illnesses Before they Happen

Posted in Assisted Living, Dialysis Assisted Living, Dimentia, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, pain releif, Senior Citizen, Taking Care of a Loved One at 11:07 am by admin

Seniors are living longer, healthier, and better lives thanks to public awareness, elderly care research, and a proactive shift to preventative medicine. Many of the following deadly illnesses can be prevented or managed with a healthy lifestyle and early medical intervention.

1. Heart Disease
Heart disease includes heart failure, heart attack, and arrhythmia, which impair the heart’s ability to beat regularly and effectively, impacting blood circulation. Heart disease is often found in conjunction with other conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, poor diet, and lethargy. Genetics also plays a roll in heart disease.

Heat disease prevention begins with sticking to a healthy diet and regular exercise regime as well as quitting smoking. Quickly identifying and treating potential health risks and complicating factors such as diabetes, and high blood pressure can go a long way to reducing your risks of having potentially serious heart disease. Check with your doctor if you are concerned about any of the above or if heart disease runs in your family.

2. Cancer
The types of cancers affecting seniors vary from colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, to skin cancer. The older a person gets, the more susceptible they are to developing any of the above cancers.

Prevention of cancer is still being heavily researched, and many scientists and doctors disagree on the best course of action to prevent cancer, but most will agree that catching cancer earlier rather than later allows time for treatment and increases your chances of survival. Annual check-ups may be your best defense.

3. Stroke (cerebrovascular disease)
The loss of speech, muscular control, or vision is cause by a stroke, also called cerebrovascular disease. A stroke is usually caused by a blood cot which either prevents blood flow to the brain or causes the brain to hemorrhage.

Prevention of strokes is tricky, but science tells us that seniors with high blood pressure or diabetes have an increased risk of having a stroke. Keeping those risk factors under control may be the best way to prevent a stroke. Also, catching early warning signs, such as a mild stroke, may give you and your doctor a strategy for preventing a major stroke.

That irritating cough that just won’t go away, may not just be irritating if it’s due to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). This disease is often associated with heavy cigarette smoking or long-term exposure to air-born toxins and starts with a deep cough and mucus in the lungs.

Prevention of COPD may be as clear cut as stopping smoking or avoiding toxic working environments. Treatments may include inhalers or surgery to alleviate symptoms.

5. Pneumonia
Cold and flu season, during the winter, is one of the most likely times for seniors to contract pneumonia, an infection or inflammation of the lungs. Pneumonia really becomes deadly when it’s combined with other chronic diseases.

The pneumococcal vaccine may prevent some types of bacterial pneumonia, and the flu shot may also prevent one type of viral pneumonia. Otherwise just avoiding gatherings during the peak of cold and flu season, washing hands before eating and after returning home. Physical and breathing exercises may also help improve your lung capacity. Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke. When using chemicals, wearing a mask and protective clothing and working in a well ventilated area may prevent aspiration pneumonia.

6. Diabetes: Type II
Type II Diabetes is also known as adult onset diabetes, and is a metabolic disorder that affects the way your body responds to insulin and stores sugar (energy). The many long-term complications from diabetes are what make it so deadly since they can affect the eyes, kidneys, heart, blood vessels, immune system, and nerves. The risk of heart attack is dramatically increased for people with this type of diabetes.

Prevention of Type II Diabetes lies mostly in correctly managing it to avoid the serious complications associated with the disease. Diet and exercise are key for managing diabetes.

7. Accidents
Accidents are not an illness, obviously, but they become a big deal when you’re a senior. Slowed reaction, decreased muscle control, and brittle bones contribute to the danger of senior accidents whether it’s a fall at home or a car crash.

Preventing accidents could be as easy as knowing your physical limitations and asking for help.

8. Septicemia
Septicemia includes any major infection that enters the bloodstream, poisoning the entire body.

Seniors should be quick to go to the doctor if they have fever, shaking chills, changes in mental status, or bleeding into the skin. The doctor may be able to localize and treat infections quickly, preventing serious major infections that lead to septicemia. Also, having flu and pneumococcal vaccines reduce a senior’s risk of developing septicemia.

9. Nephritis
Nephritis is better known as kidney disease. Nephritis is caused by toxic chemicals, bacterial infections, or alcohol abuse, which damage our body’s filtering system, the kidneys.

10. Alzheimer’s Disease
More and more attention is being turned toward Alzheimer’s Disease since complications associated with the disease can be deadly. Alzheimer’s causes loss of memory, mental reasoning, and eventually motor skills and organ function.

Alzheimer’s Disease does not have a cure, and more research needs to be done to define better treatments, but most experts agree that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with healthy diet and exercise will help, and being proactive by quickly seeking medical help may reduce your risk of developing the disease or at least slow the symptoms.

Awareness and healthy living will go a long way to protecting you or the senior you love from becoming a casualty of one of these ten illnesses. If you are looking for FL assisted living, or senior housing around the country, use the search bar at the top of the page.


Alzheimer’s Disease: Elderly Care’s Biggest Challenge

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Assisted Living Safety, dementia, Dimentia, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, Senior Citizen at 4:57 pm by admin

Caring for Alzheimer’s disease is one of the least most difficult functions in the world of elderly care. Maybe that is because it is one of the most difficult ailments to understand. There are millions of families around the country who are struggling with it right now. For them, it is not just an issue of memory loss. It is an issue of perplexion and heartache.

The good news is that families no longer have to figure out how to deal with Alzheimer’s disease by themselves. There are countless ways for family caregivers to get help fighting this disease, while helping their loved ones to be comfortable and as happy as possible.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer’s disease is not just “common memory loss.” Yes, there is a sort of memory loss that can occur with age, but Alzheimer’s does not. Alzheimer’s is a form of Dementia. Dementia is a decrease of brain activity, not just in memory. Alzheimer’s is a particularly dangerous form of dementia. There are between 2.5 and 5 milion Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s. And unfortunately, many of these people end up dying from the disease. Alzheimer’s is the seventh leading cause of death in America.

So what can a family do when their loved one shows signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Ultimately they have two choices: care for them in a home setting, or put them in a full time elder care community that specializes in memory care. It is not a good option to leave them to live alone, since Alzheimer’s causes serious problems in every day life.


Alzheimer’s Care at Home

For families who are able and willing, home care is probably the best option for dealing with Alzheimer’s. That is because it is easier for dementia patients to be around familiar settings. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s at home:

  • Keep the day full of activities. Make sure to include activities which are familiar to them. If possible, make connections with skills that they used to use in their career. If they get upset, switch to a new activity.
  • Form routines with those activities. Routines are extremely important for Alzheimer’s patients. If there are things your loved one would do every day, try to bring those in as well. Familiartiy is your ally.
  • Communicate with gentleness, calmness and brevity. Do not complicate the issue with confusing sentences. And do not let your own frustrations come through. That does not mean you should patronize, as if you are talking to a child. Just let your kindness come through in your patience and your clarity.
  • Utilize help services, for your sake and your loved ones. Cargiving is not easy in any situation, but especially when dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are not careful, you may end up frustrated and burned out. So be sure to check into local respite care and adult day care services. These are often linked to long term assisted living centers. They can look after your loved one for any length of time, from a few hours to a few days. Remember, if you are not well taken care of, you will not be able to take care of them.

If you are not able to care for your loved one at home, you may want to consider an Alzheimer’s Care facility, also known as Memory Care. Memory Care units will focus on building routines, providing safety, and keeping your loved one comfortable. The staff at Alzheimer’s Care facilities are well trained to deal with the intricacies of Alzheimer’s disease, and will make sure you are involved in the process as well.

Finding Alzheimer’s Care Facilities in Your City

Are you searching for elderly care to help your loved one while they are suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease? Find it right here on this site, by putting your information in the box at the top of this page. Be sure to click the “Alzheimer’s Care” box before you click your search, and if you find a facility that interests you, be sure to request “More Information.” This is a totally free service, so be sure to get information from as many faciliities as you want, with no charge.


What Should I Know About Long Term Memory Care?

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, Dimentia, Elderly Diseases at 10:26 am by admin

Understanding Long-Term Memory Care

Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s have needs that other Elders do
not. Their memory impairment and frequent disorientation can be a
constant source of anxiety for their loved ones and caregivers. Memory
Care Facilities can be a huge help for these individuals. Memory Care
is offered in the form of short-term respite care or long-term
assisted living. Elder care services are increasingly recognizing
Memory Care as a necessary form of specialized care.

So how is Memory Care different than regular Assisted Living?

The most major component is the increased focus on safety. Alzheimer’s
patients are especially prone to wondering around, getting lost, and
sometimes hurting themselves. Most Assisted Living facilities aren’t
equipped to deal with this type of problem. Memory Care facilities
place a high priority on a safe, contained environment. Sometimes,
facilities provide an entire wing, sometimes called an Alzheimer’s
wing, that is always well-staffed and keeps doors locked. That way,
the staff can keep track of potential wanderers.
But just because facilities are locked and safe doesn’t mean they have
to be institutional, stifling and dull. Many Memory Care centers offer
lots of room for residents to roam and explore in total safety.
Outdoor courtyards and gardens are very common, and very helpful.

In addition, the staff of Memory Care facilities are trained to deal
with the difficult effects of memory loss. Much of this comes in the
form of routine building. Routines are an important part of any
person’s life, but they become especially important for those with
memory loss.

There are kinds of variations in treatment and environment between
memory care facilities. If you are considering placing your loved one
in this type of assisted living facility, it is important that you
actually go to visit several in your area to compare the level and
kids of care they offer.

Dealing with Alzheimer’s is never easy, and it almost always means the
end is not far away. Memory Care facilities are acutely aware of this,
and uniquely suited to help make your loved one’s final days just a
little bit more comfortable and, if possible, maybe even pleasant.


What is Respite Care?

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, Dimentia, Elderly Care at 2:49 pm by admin

Respite Care is short-term service to provide a
break for full-time caregivers of seniors or other individuals with

Caregiving is an exhausting job. Many family members who care for
their loved one in their own home never get a break. Daily errands
which would be routine for the rest of us–shopping, going to the
bank, taking the kids to soccer practice–can become all but
impossible for a caregiver. That’s where Respite Care come in. To give
the primary care-giver a break. It could be for just a few hours or it
could be all day. Whatever the schedule, respite care is, by
definition, part time. Respite Care-Givers are usually nurses, but
don’t have to be. Some services will send their care-givers to your
home while others offer their own facilities for you to drop your
loved one off at. Adult Day Care facilities often come into play here.

Respite Care Services are often called on for loved ones who suffer
from Alzheimers or Dementia and cannot be left alone. But this is not
always the case. It can also be helpful for those who have trouble
moving around or have scheduled medication that needs to be
administered. These services are generally much more affordable than
other types of elder care. I live in Texas and have seen several Dementia
and Alzheimer’s care facilities pop up in the East Texas area. Depending on
how bad the elderly disease has become you may be able to continue to have
your loved one cared for from yours or their home.

So how do you choose a Respite Care Service? First, evaluate your
locational needs. Would it be easier for you if a caregiver looked
after your loved one at home or somewhere else? In many cases, the at-
home option would be easier for your loved one, who could stay in the
same familiar, safe environment.

But sometimes this is not an option, especially for those busy home-
makers who desperately need a quiet house for a few hours to do that
much-needed housework. And for the busy, on-the-go caregiver who has
to spend most of the day running around in town anyway, it might be
easier to drop your loved one off at a proven, safe environment, and
not have to worry about how the house looks, etc. This is also a good
option for those seniors who crave a change of scenery.

Whatever your specific needs, it might be time to look into Respite
Care. It could just help you, the caregiver, avoid burnout.


Moving Matters

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Assisted Living Referral Service, Assisted Living Safety, care at home, Caregiver, dementia, Depression, Dimentia, Elder Care, Elderly Care, forgetting to take medication, Home Health Care, Nursing home, Nursing home alternative, Senior Citizen, Taking Care of a Loved One, Texas Elderly Care Services at 6:05 pm by admin

Do your mother and/or father need to be moved from home to an assisted living? Do they need to be moved from an assisted living to a nursing home? Or are they at a facility that you are not happy with? Moving your parents can be the best thing that you can do for them, but it can also be the worst thing.

Moving is a dramatic change for an elderly person, especially one with Alzheimer’s disease. A move from home to a nursing home may be the best option but look into getting care at home. Moving can confuse and depress an elderly person. If your mother or father is able to, let him or her be a part of the decision.

Elderly Man Looking Out of Window

When an elderly person is familiar with a facility or the staff at one assisted living or nursing home it’s usually best to keep him there. An elderly person is more likely to willingly receive care and feel comfortable with care attendants and nurses that he or she knows as opposed to a stranger. Also when elderly people are familiar with a facility, such as knowing where the dining room, medicine, activities, and their apartment is, they are usually emotionally stable longer than if they are moved from facility to facility and getting disoriented and confused.

However, when you see your loved one needing more care than what the facility gives, you need to act quickly. There are nurses that come to where your parent is and give care to him. Some facilities have care packages that start at minimal care (such as reminders to come to meals and take medicine) and maximum care packages (such as bathing, transferring from bed to wheelchair and feeding). If the facility that your loved one is does not offer more care and getting a nurse to come and care for him or her is not an option you should not leave him or her there, moving would be a must in that situation.

If your parents are at a facility and you are not happy with the care that they are receiving, talk to the management about your complaints. They may not be aware that your parent is being neglected. Also talk with the care staff and let them know that you care about your parents and want the best care for them. Politely tell the care staff your complaints (i.e. moms hair needs to be brushed, I noticed dad lost his dentures). Visit your parents often. Keep the care staff accountable by making visits at different times of the day or maybe spend a night there if possible. If the quality of care still does not improve make a complaint to DADS (Department of Aging and Disabilities Services) and move your parents to a more quality facility.

Most importantly make sure your parent is taken good care of and is happy.


Alzheimers Linked to Low Insulin Levels

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, care at home, dementia, Dimentia, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, exercises, forgetting to take medication, medication, Nursing home, Senior Citizen, Taking Care of a Loved One, Texas Elderly Care Services at 11:34 am by admin

U.S. News and World Report researched and found that men that were diagnosed with diabetes in middle age were at a higher risk for alzheimers. They found that low levels of insulin caused damage to blood vesels in the brain.

If you or a loved one has low insulin levels be sure to follow doctors orders and get proper medication. Remember to get enough exercise to keep a healthy circulation and healthy weight.


Alzheimers Cure, A helmet? This may actually work!

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, Dimentia, Elderly Diseases, forgetting to take medication, Memory Exercises at 1:53 pm by admin

Stops Memory Loss in its Tracks and Reverses Dementia

Doctors in Britain have found a cure for Alzheimers that can stop the spread of Dementia and partially reverse it. The technology is actually pretty simple. The doctors discovered the break through when pointing infra-red light on mice in a maze cage each day for a few minutes. This few miutes of time under the low level infra-red light improved the mices perfomance in the maze cage. The experiment done was a controlled scientific experiment with verifiable results.

Alzheimers Helmet

The new experiment will now be with people. The helmet is safe and does not require then use of drugs. What the  infra-red light will do is assist in telling old cells to go ahead and try to repair yourselves. Old people generally see there cells grow old and die and with it their memory. This new technology helps to encourage cells that are not in the business any longer of regenerating to go ahead and start regrowing new cells again.

The plight of people with Alzheimers and Dimentia related diseases could quickly become an easy curable and preventable ailment and will bring youth back to many lives. The potential is there to see elderly people leaving in droves from Assisted Living facilities and nursing homes throughout the world. Of course, this technology is just beginning to be tested with humans but the testing results so far show a remarkable likelyhood that this new device will indeed cure the elderly disease.

You can read more about this new elderly memory disease cure at this site: Daily Mail

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