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How Do I Communicate With My Loved One Who Has Alzheimer's Disease?

 William Hammond (January 27, 2008)  Good communication can decrease or even prevent many behavior problems. The number one tip to remember is to treat your loved one as an adult. An individual with a disease, not a diseased individual. He has an entire history of life that stays with him throughout this journey. He will continue to have many of the same characteristics he had before. If he was laid back before, he may be .. (Elder Care)

Controlling MRSA in Nursing and Residential Homes

 Ian Victor Harper (January 27, 2008)  There is a great deal of concern in nursing and residential homes about the spread and significance of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). Increased use of antibiotics has led to the emergence of MRSA and other resistant strains of bacteria. The lines between hospitals and care homes and the spread of MRSA are getting blurred. Care workers must take the same precautions . (Elder Care)

Elder Care From an Older Perspective

 Don Seibert (January 04, 2008)  I didn't plan to be here! I don't want to be dependent on anybody, but I just don't have any control over that any longer. (There are some other things that I don't have control over, either!). I worked hard all my life and saved so that I could provide a nice retirement for myself and my wife. I never thought about having to be in this position. My daughter was kind enough to take .. (Elder Care)

Quality Elder Care for Your Loved Ones is Available

 Thomas Henricks (January 02, 2008)  For some people, the acceptance of elder care is an easy transition. Possibly this person has an easy going temperament that adjusts with change. Some people have given thought to and prepared mentally for the eventual need to move into a full care environment. The type of care could vary from a rehab facility just to assist in returning to better health to moving into a full care .. (Elder Care)

Every Thing About Elder Care - What You Must Know

 George Kissi (December 26, 2007)  There are many problems that are worthwhile to be regardful of when it comes to the subject of elder care. Caring for an aging parent or friend is a must but can certainly be trying. It is worthy to know that there are many resources and facilities out there that you can use to help you through such a process, of which will be discussed here. Resources One of the best elder care .. (Elder Care)

You Need Medical Alarm Systems That Come With A Stamp Of Approval

 Michael Zhvonok (December 18, 2007)  How good it would feel if one were able to just pass away from one world to another without having to actually grow old and helpless! Wishful thinking, nothing more; this is not going to get anybody anywhere. All of us, fortunately or otherwise come with a “best by before" date and of course with an expiry date as well. The time between these two dates is what we need to .. (Elder Care)

Medication Errors in Nursing Homes - Part 1

 Gentry Dunlop, M.D. (December 14, 2007)  Background # 800,000 preventable adverse drug reactions (ADEs) each year* # most are serious, life threatening or fatal # half are preventable *Gurwitz et al. Incidence and preventability of adverse drug events in nursing homes. Am J Med 2000; 109(2):87-94 Why so many? America is living longer and medications are the mainstay of treatment for chronically ill residents. Most medication .. (Elder Care)

Tips For Communicating With Elderly Parents

 Jared Lee (December 09, 2007)  One of the hardest things for any son or daughter is to watch his/her parents grow old. Even if the parents do not suffer from sickness like Alzheimer, the abilities to absorb information become diminished with time. Here are a few tips that can help. 1) Be patient, kind, and loving. It is important to be patience, when you talk to your aging parents. Because their abilities to carry .. (Elder Care)

Mobility Scooter Tires

 Jj Smith (December 07, 2007)  As with any pneumatic tire Mobility scooter tires are susceptible to damage and punctures from normal use. Many users are dependent on their mobility scooters and punctures can cause a lot of stress and hassle, especially if they become stranded as a result. The following guide has been collected to help mobility scooter users to consider the options for reducing the risk of punctures .. (Elder Care)

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

 Marya Sieminski (August 28, 2007)  Nursing home neglect and abuse is a national disgrace. In fact, this is a widespread - and increasing - problem in the United States. An analysis of the death certificates of persons who died in California nursing homes between 1986 and 1993 revealed that over 7%, or 1 in 15, of the deaths of seniors in nursing homes, resulted at least in part, to utter neglect, lack of food or water, .. (Elder Care)

Aging - When Looking After Aging Parents, You Have To See It Through Their Eyes

 Karen Cook (August 09, 2007)  Aging. Something nobody likes but considering the other option, we'll take it. There are two kinds of aging. Primary and secondary. Primary Aging This is where we get to curse or bless our genes. The preordained coding our bodies have no choice but to follow. Genetics rule. You may get to be 80 with a full head of hair. Or no varicose veins. Or else. . . Secondary Aging This is where . (Elder Care)

Loving All Phases - Strategies For Accepting The Changes Through Aging

 Natalie Tucker Miller (August 07, 2007)  Too often, much of what is being communicated by our elderly parents and friends is overlooked or dismissed. Many a chasm has been created in relationships because someone fails to understand another, and this later phase of life is no exception. Having spent time coaching nurses in nursing homes, I've had the opportunity to interact with the residents of these homes who are in the .. (Elder Care)

Caregiver To Parent With Alzheimer's - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

 Karen Cook (August 02, 2007)  Alzheimer's disease has to be the most dreaded diagnosis. We live in fear of it. For ourselves. For our loved ones. Being a caregiver to an Alzheimer's patient is hazardous to the caregiver's physical, mental and emotional health. The sad fact is that most Alzheimer's patients have to be placed in nursing homes, eventually. As symptoms worsen, patient will need round-the-clock-care. .. (Elder Care)

Caring For Your Aging Parent - How To Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

 Karen Cook (August 02, 2007)  Caregiving is one of the most demanding roles anyone can undertake. If you are performing as caregiver now or you know you will be in the near future, there are some techniques you may find useful. Whether you are caregiver to an aging parent, spouse, sibling or any loved one, many emotions will be the same. Frustration and anger will rear up its ugly persona. Even if you think you .. (Elder Care)

Commit To Care - Critical Insights into Caring for Loved Ones with Alzheimer's

 Randy Gilbert (July 26, 2007)  Deciding to be a caregiver for a loved one battling Alzheimer's disease can be one of the most challenging tasks you can undertake. But with strength, commitment and love, you can make a tremendous difference in the life of your loved one as they go through the stages of this complex disease. Bonnie McGovern took on the role of caring for her sister Barbara when she was diagnosed with .. (Elder Care)

How To Deal With Stress Among Siblings

 Karen Cook (July 25, 2007)  "Reports by caregivers indicated that siblings were overwhelmingly the most important source of interpersonal stress. " -from a study by sociologists J. Jill Suitor of Louisiana State University and Karl Pillemer of Cornell University When I read that I'm glad I was the “only child" my parents had! Family dynamics undergo a major change when siblings are called upon to be .. (Elder Care)

Caregiver Burnout - When You've Lost That Loving Feeling

 Karen Cook (July 20, 2007)  What is a “caregiver"? Someone who is involved in helping someone else manage to carry out the tasks of living. It sounds so simple, doesn't it? For the caregiver, it is anything but easy or simple. Let's be honest. Being a caregiver is a tough job. Being a caregiver to aging parents is even tougher. Not that we don't love our parents. Of course we do, or trust me, we would not .. (Elder Care)

Caring For Aging Parents - The "Only Child" Syndrome

 Karen Cook (July 19, 2007)  Remember this old joke? It takes place in the Garden of Eden. Eve, looks at Adam and asks, “Do you love me, Adam?" Adam raises his eyebrows and replies, “Who else?" Who else, indeed? So is the reality for the “only child". From our earliest memories, we were aware of having the “exclusive contract". The one that states that we are “it". The only one to .. (Elder Care)

Elder Care: Where Have All The "Old Days" Gone?

 Karen Cook (July 16, 2007)  Have you heard stories of “the old days"? You know, back when family members all lived together? Generation after generation? If you were lucky, you heard these history lessons from grandparents or great-grandparents. There was the “homestead". Babies were born there. The midwife may have been a neighbor or the mother-in-law. The many children grew up with parents, .. (Elder Care)

Elder Care: Heading Back To The Future

 Karen Cook (July 16, 2007)  The good news. We're living longer. The bad news. We're living longer. Until we discover the fountain of youth, we have to deal with the effects of aging. Not just for ourselves but our parents. Baby boomers are faced with a syndrome that the generation before them rarely experienced. The Aging Parent As children, we saw our parents as vital, super human beings. When we watched older . (Elder Care)

Senior Living - Easing The Transition

 Wade Robins (June 11, 2007)  Many senior citizens freely admit that they fear growing older more than they fear death. The prospect of becoming increasingly frail and dependent in a society which worships strength and self-reliance, and of losing family and lifetime friends can understandably make the specter of old age a frightening one. Does senior living have to be a time of physical failing and emotional loss? . (Elder Care)

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