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Veterans Benefits for the Aging

February 18, 2013

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Seniors in our country are living longer and with higher living costs and the continued rise in healthcare expenditures, many are at risk of quickly depleting their savings.  For aging veterans, one of their most important benefit programs is the Veterans Non-Service Connected Improved Pension Benefit Program.  This program provides financial support to help veterans […]

Memory Loss In Seniors: What’s Normal? | downtown-houston

February 15, 2013

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How can you tell if forgetfulness is the result of normal age-related memory changes or if it’s the result of something more? This is a very important distinction to make, and the earlier the better. In addition to consulting with your physician, here are 10 common symptoms of Alzheimer’s to guide you: Difficulty performing familiar tasks – People […]

My Crisis Action Plan

February 15, 2013

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This is not the time to realize you forgot something. Planing ahead makes sense. The moment a crisis strikes stress levels rise and our minds start functioning in ways that don’t always allow for the best decisions to be made.  Police and military practice and drill because when they get into high stress situations they […]

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 […]

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 […]