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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 […]

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 […]

Promoting Winter Safety for Seniors | downtown-houston

December 27, 2012

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Baby it’s cold outside and in some parts of the country we have  dangerous temperatures and slippery conditions.  It’s even cold in Houston With family members of all ages, shapes and sizes getting together for what should be a joyous occasion, here are a few ways family visits can go off without a hitch despite […]

“Alternate reality” and dementia patients

December 17, 2012

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All of us have a reality that we perceive and it generally agrees with the reality that others perceive,  this allows us to live together in a society.  But, what happens when our reality becomes out of step with the rest of the population?  This is a situation we generally leave to police and medical professionals. At […]

Dementia and Quality of Life | downtown-houston

December 11, 2012

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There has been a consistent body of evidence that cognitive stimulation therapy improves cognitive function in those with dementia.  There is now evidence that this therapy can result in improvements in the quality of life and communication, over and above any medication effects, for mild to moderate dementia patients. (Woods B, Aguirre E, Spector AE, Orrell M, […]

How to Keep Arthritis from Slowing You Down | downtown-houston

September 30, 2012

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Is arthritis pain interfering with your ability to do the things you enjoy?  There are things you can do to improve your mobility, reduce pain and protect your joints.BrightStar has physical or occupational therapists can help teach you how to modify activities and accomplish daily tasks more easily. But, there are simple things you can […]