North River Home Care Blog

Kari Kelly

General Manager

For many years, Kari has been in the industry, devoting most of her career to brain injury patients and adults with developmental disabilities. She is a nurse and certified Dementia Practitioner.

She joined North River in 2013 and has loved every minute of her time here. Kari finds it rewarding to be a part of a team that impacts people’s lives every day.

Kari resides in Plymouth with her husband and two of their four children.

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10 Questions to Ask a Caregiver Agency

You’ve made the important decision to move forward with home care to support your loved one. How do you take the next steps?

The first thing to do after deciding on home care is to choose the best agency for the job. To do that properly, you need to know the right questions to ask a caregiver agency.

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Learn More About the Two Main Alzheimer’s Drugs and How They Work

The most up-to-date Alzheimer’s data is sobering. The illness is now the 6th leading cause of death, overtaking both breast cancer and prostate cancer put together. And though deaths from many other chronic health conditions, like heart disease, are decreasing, those from Alzheimer’s have escalated in excess of 100%.

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What to Say and What NOT to Say to Someone About Their Health Issues

Have you ever walked into the office or a get-together with friends or family and had someone say to you with great concern, “You really look tired today!” Although you may have been feeling pretty perky before that moment, suddenly you really DO feel tired and rundown. The words we speak to each other and the way we interpret them are powerful.

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Can Surgery Anesthesia Cause Dementia in Seniors?

For seniors, experiencing surgery always includes some inherent risks, but there’s a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors following surgery that people all need to be aware of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD takes place in more than 25% of seniors during the days after non-cardiac surgery, and can present with a variety of symptoms,

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Can Exercise Help Overcome the Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease?

The effects of remaining physically active throughout aging are tremendous, but for those with Parkinson’s, it may truly be a game-changer in the progression of the disease. Several recent studies are revealing direct links between exercise and Parkinson’s, including the largest clinical study to date, in which patients who exercised a minimum of 2½ hours per week achieved a higher quality of life than those who refrained from physical activity.

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The Senior Malnutrition Crisis

Remember Sunday dinners at Grandma’s house, when the whole family came together around the table to share a hearty meal, conversations, and laughter? Sadly, with many families now living at a distance from their older loved ones, and with so many pressing needs pulling us in different directions, it’s difficult to continue this tradition – and it may be just one of the many factors contributing to the dramatic increase in senior malnutrition.

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The Radical New Thinking About Alzheimer’s That May Lead Us to a Cure

Those of us who follow the latest research in Alzheimer’s disease are all too familiar with the troublesome amyloid plaques thought to be linked to Alzheimer’s. But could it possibly be that those plaques are actually helpful?

Neuroscientists Rudolph Tanzi and Robert Moir, of Harvard’s largest teaching hospital,

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