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.
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Long-Term Care Planning
Remarkable scientific studies are honing in ever nearer towards the eradication of Alzheimer’s disease, this time in the form of two medications already developed and approved by the FDA. This permits accelerated clinical trials and we hope fast-tracking us closer to a treatment.
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Alzheimer's Care | Tags: Alzheimer's Treatment, Senior Health Care
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.
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: Caregiver Tips, Senior Health Care
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,
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Dementia Care | Tags: dementia causes, Senior Health Care
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.
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: medical treatment, Parkinson's disease
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.
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: Nutrition, Senior Health Care
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,
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Alzheimer's Care | Tags: Alzheimer's Treatment, medical treatment
The fascinating results of a recent AARP study are in: those who maintain a healthy diet are twice as likely to consider their mental acuity to be very good or excellent compared to those who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet rich in fish, fruits and vegetables equated to better brain health.
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Aging Care | Tags: Brain Health, Nutrition
“It’s just been one of those days,” we sometimes bemoan, shrugging our shoulders hopelessly. After all, sometimes things happen that are completely out of our control, and some days they all seem to happen at the same time – making us wish we’d decided to simply stay in bed! But the truth is,
Author: Kari Kelly | Posted in: Caregiver Stress | Tags: Caregiver Tips, Mental Health