ElderCarelink Blog

Preserve the connection: save your parents’ handwritten letters

by Judy Kirkwood
July 29th, 2011 at 11:37 am

Even though we are all accustomed to emailing and texting now, it’s not your parents’ typed words that will give you solace when they can no longer write because of cognitive or physical disabilities, or when they can no longer write because they are gone. With that said, save your parents’ handwritten letters.

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Middle-aged women not expected to outlive male counterparts

by Carol Bursack
July 28th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

We’ve read the statistics repeatedly. Stress shortens life. Caregivers are generally stressed by the many demands, both emotional and physical, on their time and energy. Many are of the sandwich generation–defined as caregivers for both the young and the aged. Several studies have found that 30 percent of caregivers will die before the people they care for. This is not just true of older caregivers. All ages are at risk since stress levels, combined with self-neglect because of time constraints and exhaustion, can lead to undetected cancers, depression, auto-immune diseases, high blood pressure and other health risks.

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Did you take your pill? Medication concerns and older adults

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 28th, 2011 at 9:09 am

Dealing with aging and health issues of elders and loved ones can be difficult. From discussions about taking away the car keys to bringing in additional help, having the elder live with a family member to mom or dad moving into an assisted living facility, these conversations are fraught with emotion and challenges. Yet, before these major conversations take place, another issue should be resolved: ensuring the elder is properly taking his or her medication.

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Daycare: the value of social stimulation

by Judy Kirkwood
July 26th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Both my mother’s and father’s health improved when they ended the isolation of taking care of themselves at home and began going to a day program that offered the social stimulation they had been missing by being so independent.

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Early Alzheimer’s diagnosis: would you want to know?

by Carol Bursack
July 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am

News from the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference which recently took place in Paris has been exciting in many ways. One of the most interesting–and to many people, controversial–topics has been the development of tests that can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease up to 20 years prior to symptoms.

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