DEMENTIA AND THE COMFORT OF FAMILIAR WORDS

After Vera first entered the nursing home her daughter's visit revolved around her mother's physical progress. Vera had a debilitating stroke and was making very slow progress. It became apparent that Vera would always require the care provided by 24 … [Continue reading]

11 PROVEN KEYS TO LIVE LONG AND AGE WELL

Although the next best selling "How to" self improvement book is always right around the corner, the basics never change. The only change seems to be in the interpretation. 11 Proven Keys to Live Long and Age Well: Eating a balanced and … [Continue reading]

LEARNING COMPASSION IN THIS ELECTION SEASON FROM A DONKEY

While some psycholigists are recommending deep breathing exerises and other suggest binge watching comedies on NetFlix, try a book about a donkey.¬†Saving Simon¬†is the moving story of a donkey rescue. But Simon turns out to be so much more than the … [Continue reading]

WHEN THE ELDERLY HAVE HALLUCINATIONS AND SEE BUGS – IT CAN BE DELIRIUM

One of the signs and symptoms of delirium can be hallucinating. Hallucinating does not mean that you have dementia but most likely a form of delirium. Signs of delirium are: Sudden confusion /acute change in mental condition inattention … [Continue reading]

HOW TO CHOOSE A NURSING HOME FOR A PERSON WITH DEMENTIA Part III

A term that has gone out of use in the nursing home community is "custodial care," and with good reason. The current term for care is "person centered care." These terms are the difference between living and existing. With custodial care you are … [Continue reading]

NEVER TOO OLD TO BE CURED OF ECZEMA

Joyce didn't think too often about eczema, the scourge of her youth, anymore. That is just how it is when something that once ruled your life is long gone, you rarely think about it. But the magazine article brought it all back, the discomfort and … [Continue reading]

HOW TO SLOW DOWN YOUR AGING CLOCK

Whether you read a book, article or watch a show on health and fitness, all avenues to wellness include exercise. If the benefits of exercise could be packages in a pill form, the product would sell out. But what if all of those well known benefits … [Continue reading]

HOW TO CHOOSE A NURSING HOME FOR A PERSON WITH DEMENTIA Part II

The choice of a nursing home has everything to do with the needs of the person with dementia. Look closely at what the reason is for the placement. Has this person just begun behaviors that the current caregiver can no longer handle? Is this person … [Continue reading]

SUDDEN CONFUSION – GO TO EMERGENCY ROOM

While it is easily seen when a person has a dramatic change in consciousness and they are in a stupor or coma, delirium is not that easy to identify. The emergency department is usually the point of entry into the hospital for the confused elder. The … [Continue reading]

SUDDEN CONFUSION – CAN THE PERSON WITH DEMENTIA GET DELIRIUM?

Many people, including those in healthcare use the terms dementia and delirium interchangeably. Even tho they are not the same, patients can have both conditions at the same time. A person with dementia can certainly develop delirium, they are even … [Continue reading]