ElderCarelink Blog

Helping elders avoid falls: what works and doesn’t work

by Dorian Martin
September 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Dad fell recently. He went to sit down on a chair in the breakfast room, but missed the seat and ended up plunking down on a cardboard filing box instead. His ego was bruised, but — fortunately — no bones were broken.

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3 ways elders can aim for longer lives

by Dorian Martin
September 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am

I recently had a conversation with an acquaintance about aging parents. This person had just lost her father, who was in his 90s. We talked about the opportunity to help her mother thrive despite the loss of her husband. I shared that I think my father (who is now in his mid-80s) would have succumbed soon after Mom’s death in 2007 if I hadn’t been living close to him. And I believe that Dad’s lifestyle has improved since he moved in with me in 2010 because I’ve encouraged him to embrace healthier choices.
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Elders at risk from mild cognitive impairment

by Dorian Martin
September 18th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Mild cognitive impairment. When I first heard that term in 2004, it didn’t seem very threatening. The clinical neuropsychologist who had just completed a series of tests on my mother said, “You have mild cognitive impairment, but you don’t have Alzheimer’s.” That diagnosis seemed to lift the threat of dementia off our shoulders. What we didn’t realize at the time but would learn is that this type of impairment can be the precursor of dementia. In Mom’s case, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a year later.

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Vegetables could be protective cuisine for elders

by Dorian Martin
September 11th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Dad recently came home from an appointment with his primary care doctor. He was really proud because he’d lost weight and his blood pressure had dropped. Interestingly, though, he hadn’t changed medications or dosages, and his daily routine has stayed the same.

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Beware “weekend effect” when taking elders to hospital

by Dorian Martin
September 6th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Mom had a few trips to the hospital emergency room when she was a nursing home resident. Two times, she went by ambulance on a weekday, and we found she moved fairly smoothly through the admittance and treatment processes. Those experiences were in stark contrast to two other times when I accompanied her to the emergency room during a weekend.

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