May 01, 2020

Having An Alternative Long-Term Care Option

Overwhelming Decisions As caregivers and decision makers for aging loved ones, choosing long-term care for them can be overwhelming, frustrating and many times accompanied with feelings of guilt. This is especially true when considering placing their loved one into a long-term care residence. Th...

Apr 01, 2020

COVID-19 Brings Caregivers To Their Breaking Point

Caregiver Burnout Accelerated! The demands of Caregiving for a loved one with a dementia is exhausting, isolating and overwhelming. Respite services are difficult to find, friends and family members are reluctant to provide care and paid caregivers are expensive and many times unpredictable. The...

Mar 01, 2020

Elders and the Danger of Malnutrition

March has been recognized as National Nutrition Month. Good nutrition is critical to all our overall health and well-being, but many older adults are at a high risk of having inadequate nutrition. We should all be aware of the signs and risks of malnutrition in our older loved ones and take time to...

Feb 01, 2020

Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Illinois. He served as The United States 40th President from 1981-1989.  There are many historical and personal events and accomplishments that we remember about President Reagan such as: An accomplished actor appearing in more than 50 films...

Jan 20, 2020

Dementia’s affect on the 5 Senses

One consequence of dementia which is often overlooked are the affect it has on the bodies 5 senses. If you are caring for a loved one with a dementia, keep in mind that sensory changes are important to be aware of to keep your loved one safe and engaged.  Making changes in their environment and ...

Jan 10, 2020

Military Veteran Caregivers Are At A Higher Risk of Experiencing Depression And Social Isolation.

Did you know that military veteran caregivers are twice as likely to experience depression and social isolation than non-military caregivers? There have been major military operations that have affected our military members and veterans since 1939 to present day, so these family caregivers may be...

Dec 31, 2019

Caregiver Support For Those Caring For An Elderly Loved One

It is estimated that about 85% of family caregivers in the U.S. receive no respite care support.  Theses caregivers are vulnerable to social isolation, depression and additional stress related health effects. For the caregivers that continue to work outside the home the lack of respite support o...

Dec 17, 2019

How to Combat Social Isolation

Human beings are social creatures and thus our connection to others enables us to survive and thrive. Yet, as we age, many of us are alone more often than when we were younger. AARP estimates that more than 8 million adults age 50 and older are affected by isolation. That also includes people in the...

Dec 03, 2019

What is a “Social Model” Adult Day Program?

There are three types of adult day care programs, or centers, that offer services in a professional care setting to adults in need of support during the day including the social model, medical model and specialized model. Here are details about each of those: The social model – Provides meals...

Nov 15, 2019

The Importance of Monitoring Hydration For Someone With A Dementia

Dehydration is a common challenge for adults with a dementia diagnosis and an important condition for their caregivers to understand.  Recognizing the signs and causes of dehydration and learning interventions can help caregivers ensure their loved ones are never dangerously dehydrated. Most old...