ElderCarelink Blog

Create a meaningful visit while helping out an older adult

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
February 21st, 2011 at 5:11 am

If you had someone just stop by for a visit and tell you they were there to help, how would you handle the offer? If an older adult does not like to ask for help or perhaps cannot think of anything that needs to be done, you may need to assist the person create an ongoing list of things that might need to be done.

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Micro-bleeds in the brain may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to study

by Carol Bursack
February 19th, 2011 at 3:06 am

Lately, I’ve been reading about doctors finding “mixed dementias,” as they attempt the tricky diagnosis of people with dementia symptoms. This makes sense to me. Several people have told me about an aging parent who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, only to find out later that the diagnosis should have been vascular dementia with some additional symptoms that could point to possible Alzheimer’s disease.

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Creating a more meaningful visit when a person has memory loss

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
February 18th, 2011 at 5:04 am

Communicating effectively with a person who is becoming more forgetful often requires some patience and a willingness to try a few different strategies. The more relaxed they are, the less frustrated or agitated they will become. When you try some of these suggestions, you can frequently make a significant difference in the time that you spend together.

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Use of atypical antipsychotics for dementia patients declines according to study

by Carol Bursack
February 18th, 2011 at 3:07 am

Nearly fifteen years ago, a surgeon inserted a shunt into my dad’s brain to drain fluid that was building up behind scar tissue left from a World War II brain injury. This type of surgery is fairly safe and effective, if any brain surgery falls into that category. However, for Dad, something went wrong. He came out of surgery with severe dementia.

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Top 8 dementia definitions you need to know

by Sue Lanza
February 17th, 2011 at 9:31 am

Despite all the public attention given to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in general, I still run across many people who are confused about the general definitions. And when doctors and caregivers get together, it is important to know the lingo so you can navigate these tricky waters. These will give you a starting point.

Let’s start with the biggie: what is dementia? And is dementia the same as Alzheimer’s disease?

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