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The BrightStar care team is America’s choice for in-home care. professional, reliable & caring.

March 22, 2013

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The BrightStar care team is America’s choice for in-home care. professional, reliable & caring. If you are considering in-home care it helps to have an understanding of what types of services are available.  In most States, and this is true in Texas, the services are broken down by tasks that can only be done by […]

New Push For Early Testing, Treatment For Dementia – WSJ.com

February 28, 2013

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A new push is under way to improve screening and follow-up care for patients with dementia, the devastating loss of brain function that impairs memory, thinking, language, judgment and behavior. With no cure and little in the way of treatment, experts have long debated the value of screening for the condition. But newer research suggests […]

Keeping seniors at home and safe requires some thought

February 18, 2013

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could push a button and make the home safe for the age of the residents?  Unfortunately, that isn’t possible which means that we need to be proactive. I remember seeing the burned notices on the side of my grandmother’s refrigerator that faced the stove.  She had left something on the […]

Kids don’t try this at home – aging is not for the faint of heart

February 15, 2013

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Aging is not for the faint of heart.  My elderly grandfather used to say, “Rick, don’t grow old, it isn’t any fun, but I guess it is better than the alternative.”  The older I get the more I agree with him.  I now know that the wisdom that comes with age has a price. Sometimes […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]