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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 […]

The older we get the more we need to fight for good health care

February 25, 2013

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As we get older assuming we will get good health care is not a good idea.  The older we get the more we need to fight for good health care for ourselves and our elderly family members. For some questions there is no right answer. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Why do […]

Managing life at home is an important part of stroke recovery

February 19, 2013

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Managing care at home is critical for stroke recovery.  For example, forty percent (40%) of stroke survivors suffer serious falls within a year after their strokes. The National Stroke Association says that “rehabilitation is a lifetime commitment and an important part of recovering from a stroke.  Through rehabilitation, you relearn basic skills such as talking, eating, dressing and walking.  Rehabilitation can […]

Game play for seniors – how technology changes in-home care and fitness

February 18, 2013

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Technology has been both a blessing and curse. Technology gave us cell phones, but in doing so, technology also took away our ability to remember phone numbers. Technology gave us the Internet, but at the expense of good old fashioned face-to-face interaction. I can’t find many things to not like about the new gaming consoles […]

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. […]