ElderCarelink Blog

A New Year’s resolution: join the fight against Alzheimer’s

by Dorian Martin
January 10th, 2012 at 9:29 am

As a caregiver, you often feel like you have no control. I found that out quickly while caring for my mom, who had Alzheimer’s disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, I increasingly wanted to something, anything! So as we reach the time for making New Year’s resolutions, I’d encourage you to figure out you can do in 2012 to be proactive. My own efforts began when I decided to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2007. I’ve walked every year since and have raised almost $7,500 to support the association’s efforts.

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GPS shoes could limit Alzheimer’s wandering

by Judy Kirkwood
January 9th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Remember the nightmare panic of losing your toddler in a crowded store? The same thing goes for taking an Alzheimer’s patient on a shopping excursion, as well as taking care of your family member or caregiving charge while traveling, or even at night or when you might doze off or take a nap thinking that they are napping as well.

Kimberly R. Kelly, a former sheriff and creator of the DVD for law enforcement agencies Plain Talk About Alzheimer’s Disease: Alzheimer’s Related Dementia and Wandering cites research that 60 percent or more of Alzheimer’s patients will wander away from home at some point: finding them quickly is critical. Once disoriented, they may not respond to their name because they don’t remember it, and may even try to hide if they become paranoid.

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Can a healthy diet prevent Alzheimer’s?

by Carol Bursack
January 6th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

According to a study recently published in the online version of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, people who consume diets high in several vitamins or in omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people whose diets are not high in those nutrients.

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Caregivers: gain focus in 2012

by Dorian Martin
January 5th, 2012 at 11:12 am

I’m already rethinking my New Year’s resolutions. I selected several this year, including eating a healthier diet and finishing my dissertation. But today I realized that I’ve neglected one of the most important lessons that I learned when caregivng for Mom–setting an annual intention.

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Nursing homes going the way of the dinosaurs?

by Judy Kirkwood
January 3rd, 2012 at 11:19 am

What if after you researched and visited and agonized and finally placed your family member in a nursing home you realized someone was encouraging them to leave the nursing home? How frustrating is that?

Hello Medicare.

Regulations adopted by Medicare in October 2010 mandated that a patient or guardian be asked if they wanted to go back in the community every three months. But now the question has been reworded to more specifically suggest moving out, according to Paula Span in The New Old Age column that runs in The New York Times.

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