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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 […]

Undernutrition and the elderly, why do we care and what can we do about it? | BrightStar Downtown Houston

December 31, 2012

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We care about undernutrition in the elderly because each of us can make a difference in the lives of family and friends. Our bodies are very complex systems and a lack of nutrition means they don’t function properly.  Undernutrition makes infections worse because the body lacks anti-oxidants (to mop up harmful free radicals) and the […]

Signs an older relative may need more help | BrightStar downtown-houston

December 4, 2012

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The holidays are a wonderful time for families to gather and reminisce.  If we have elder members with us, the holidays can also be a good time to assess whether there is additional help to keep them happy, healthy and safe this coming year. As you visit with them look for indicators signs there are […]

Memory problems are just a part of growing older, or are they? | downtown-houston

August 17, 2012

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    How many times have you heard or said something like this when memory issues arise? “I have a touch of the old timer’s disease.” “I have a photographic memory but sometimes I don’t have film.” “I’m directionally challenged” “Who moved my keys, I know I laid them RIGHT HERE.” I don’t know about […]

Do you ask yourself “how can I ever get through this?” Part 1, feeling lonely. | downtown-houston

August 1, 2012

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When serious illness strikes a family the stress on a family caregiver can be immense. Whether the person needing care is a child or an adult our tendency can be to focus on getting the job of caregiver done and for short and not take the time to examine the feelings and frustrations we feel. […]