ElderCarelink Blog

Eye Exams about More than Vision

by Carol Bursack
September 28th, 2010 at 2:12 am

Consider what your life would be like without vision. Consider, also, that many eye diseases sneak up on us without warning. If these diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, can be caught and treated early, the chance of preserving your sight vastly improves.

One would think that our understanding our eye doctor can detect trends toward changes in our eye health, would could indicate problems with our overall health, would be enough to get us to our regular eye exams. However being human, we often wait until our eye glasses break or are no longer doing their job before we schedule an appointment (guilty as charged – Arrgh! I need to make that appointment).

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Elders May Not Report Fraud and Scams to Caregivers

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
September 27th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

According to the FBI, elderly individuals are less likely to report fraud or scams for various reasons. Caregivers need to be vigilant of fraud schemes and criminal activities – locally and across the U.S. – especially scams which target elderly individuals.

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Home Health Care: When Speech Therapy is Needed Part 1

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
September 27th, 2010 at 2:14 am

The scope of practice for speech-language pathologists (sometimes referred to as speech therapists) seeing older adults in their homes covers a wide variety problems. Most people expect a referral if a person has difficulty speaking or being understood but are not always aware that we frequently have patients with swallowing problems, as well as memory and cognitive deficits.

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Study Finds that Non-Pharmacological Therapies Are As Effective As Drugs for Alzheimer’s Patients

by Carol Bursack
September 25th, 2010 at 2:12 am

One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from caregivers is how can I get help with my parent or spouse who has Alzheimer’s disease. Science has yet to find a cure for this mine-robbing disease, and most of the drugs available only delay or calm symptoms for a time. With or without the medications that can make Alzheimer’s easier to manage, at least at some stages, the care needed is still delivered by human hands.

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It’s Never Too Late For an Eldercare Plan

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
September 24th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

If there is anything caregiving highlights, it is the need to plan. If elders and their caregivers fail to plan, we may as well count on flying by the seat of our pants. While meandering through a Sam’s Club, something immediately caught my eye. It is a hard-copy binder home organizer.

Less than $15, I knew I would never regret purchasing the colorful organizer.

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