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How to fight depression as a caregiver – take charge. | downtown-houston

January 14, 2013

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A recent study found that there was less depression among dementia caregivers with similar characteristics. They found fewer depressive symptoms in caregivers with higher levels of education larger social support networks fewer health problems greater likelihood of using problem-focused coping and less likelihood of wishful thinking those taking care of dementia patients with fewer behavioral […]

10 Strategies for Dementia Caregiving | downtown-houston

January 13, 2013

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In 2006 the Greater Iowa Chapter Alzheimer’s Association published 10 real life strategies for dementia caregiving. Caregivers often use intuition to help decide what to do. Unfortunately, dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is counter-intuitive.  Often the right thing to do is exactly opposite of  that which seems like the right thing to do. […]

Dementia diagnosis, how to uphold the dignity of the patient. | downtown-houston

January 13, 2013

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Anyone who has had a serious medical condition knows that getting medical care can seem dehumanizing.  According to Webster’s dictionary dignity is defined as “the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect”. It is important that members of the medical community, caregivers and family members work to uphold the dignity of the person with […]

Aging well can require team work | downtown-houston

January 10, 2013

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How do we have the difficult conversations about in-home care with our parents or a loved one? The best way to get your aging parents to understand how valuable home care solutions can be to their desire to age in place is to show them the advantages.   Try different approaches if you need to: Try […]

Two things you need to know about sodium | downtown-houston

January 9, 2013

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Two things you need to know about sodium Good nutrition helps us live better no matter what our age. The first thing you need to know about sodium is that Heart Failure patients should to monitor their sodium intake closely.  For a Heart Failure patient high sodium can mean a trip to the hospital. In […]

Protect those around you with good respiratory etiquette

January 7, 2013

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January is often the peak time for the flu season in Texas, and it’s not too late to get a flu shot and take other common sense steps to protect yourself from illness. Flu is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, releasing the contagious virus into the air. People with flu can transmit […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Diagnosis is Important

January 7, 2013

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Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disorder that usually appears after age 65 but can begin in the 30s or 40s. The disease causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior that are serious enough to interfere with everyday life. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but sometimes it can be slowed down. This disease […]