ElderCarelink Blog

Teenage tips: How to take care of elderly parents

by Katie Price
March 29th, 2011 at 10:14 am

I am 13 and I am in 7th grade. I am planning to go to high school to complete an IB (International Baccalaureate) program. Then I will go to Stanford and try to get into the horse program and major in biotechnology. After college I will get a job, a house and eventually a family. When I am grown up my parents will start needing my help. They have always taken care of me very much. I have always been reminded of the happy moments so much that I don’t know which ones are memories and which ones are stories that have been told thousands of times. Why shouldn’t I take care of them? I should. Read more »

ECL News Abstracts #1 | March 28, 2011

by ECL Staff
March 28th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

New research reveals insight into how short-term memory operates.

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Rice University have discovered the human brain has three layers of memory. These layers – where the brain processes short-term memory – include a core, a surrounding layer, and a wide region. The core, labeled the “focus of attention,” has three responsibilities: it directs the mind’s attention to the correct information, it retrieves that information and, when necessary, updates that information. The surrounding layer can hold and process three additional pieces of active information, while the larger, wide region holds passive items that are on the memory’s back burner.

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Out of sight but not out of mind: the challenge of long distance elder care

by Mary Price
March 28th, 2011 at 10:30 am

Sooner rather than later, my sister and I must force a life decision on our 85-year old mother. My sister and I have always been the children who have reliably visited (when we lived in the same country), called, taken an interest and supplemented Mom’s income as and when required. Even though we now live abroad, we still speak to her at least five days a week. My sister visited Mom last year. I have not seen her since October 2008. International travel is expensive, particularly with a family. “What should we do with Mom?” has become a regular topic of conversation between my sister and me. That, and how guilty we feel because we cannot currently participate actively in her care. Read more »

Personal medical alarms: older technology but effective for many

by Carol Bursack
March 19th, 2011 at 2:07 am

The variety of technological devices available to monitor seniors and other potentially at risk people is quite amazing. Some of these devices monitor a person’s movements with strategically placed cameras. Other devices rely on sensors placed around the home. For many elders, sensors that send signals marking whether medication is taken on time, or if and when a person uses the bathroom, deliver more oversight than necessary, and cameras can seem even more invasive.

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Creating meaningful visits in the fall

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
March 18th, 2011 at 4:28 am

Knowing a person’s story and previous interests can go a long way in creating some enjoyable activities. Knowing how to modify them if there are some changes in a person’s ability will sometimes be necessary. There is something to be said for having those who care most about you going the extra mile to surround you with things you previously enjoyed.

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