North River Home Care Blog

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%. The toll the illness takes on family caregivers is equally astonishing,

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Two New Breakthrough Discoveries in Alzheimer’s

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.

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The Dangers of Senior Loneliness – and How to Help

With more than 325 million people residing in the U.S. alone, it is not easy to think that loneliness would be so common. However, more than 50% of older adults live alone, and more than a million of them are estimated to be chronically lonely. In fact, nearly half of older adults researched stated that their most common source of companionship is the television.

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Why We Need to Rethink Aging

A simple Google search for the word “aging” brings up topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” and even “the cure to aging.” The negative connotations to aging are, sadly, so ingrained within our culture that it’s estimated that by 2021, we’ll be purchasing over $300 billion in anti-aging products.

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Could You Be a Helicopter Child?

We have all known helicopter parents, particularly when a child leaves for college. In fact, we could possibly be guilty of hovering a bit too closely ourselves. Discovering that ideal balance between caring and overstepping our boundaries is not always straightforward.

And now, due to the increased number of sandwich generationers providing care for both children and aging parents,

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Senior Care Tips: How “Play” Strengthens Relationships and the Mind

Do you recall that feeling as a kid once the school bell rang, indicating the end of arithmetic and the beginning of the very best part of the day: recess? There was clearly an immense sensation of independence dashing out onto the playground, leaving behind the pressure of school work for a quick period of unstructured play.

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Did You Notice Any of These Signs While Visiting Mom This Christmas?

From the second the door swings open and your elderly parent wraps you in a warm hug, through the festive holiday meal and every timeless family tradition, possibilities abound for not just quality time together, but also to assess how your loved one is truly doing and if any warning flags are noticed.

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Bring Back the Joy of the Season: Beat the Holiday Blues with These Tips

Ah, the holidays: they are oftentimes the most wonderful time of the year, or the most difficult. For many seniors in Massachusetts who have lost relatives, are battling chronic health conditions, or are suffering from isolation and loneliness, the holiday season can result in depression. And, the family caregivers who care for a loved one may also be prone to holiday blues,

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