ElderCarelink Blog

How I stay connected to my late mother

by Dorian Martin
October 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am

One of the difficulties that I’ve had since my 86-year-old father moved in with me is finding a way to appropriately commemorate my mother’s death. Mom had Alzheimer’s disease, so in many ways the person that Dad and I knew died long before her actual physical death.

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How elders and caregivers can fight the flu

by Dorian Martin
October 24th, 2012 at 10:00 am

It’s that season! How do I know? First of all, my friends are already complaining that they’re seeing Christmas decorations in the stores, even though we’re still in October. Others are savoring pumpkin spice lattes. Football season is well underway. And if you need another indicator, just check the signs at your local pharmacies: “Flu Shots Available Here.”

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Elders still at risk from West Nile virus

by Dorian Martin
October 17th, 2012 at 10:00 am

I’m looking forward to cold temperatures, but it’s not for the reason you’re thinking. It’s actually so that those lower temperatures can kill the mosquitoes that are carrying West Nile virus.

West Nile virus becomes a bigger health threat in the summer, and the danger continues into fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the greatest risk is for people who are older than 50 or who have medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and organ transplants. That means Dad and other seniors face a higher danger of contracting West Nile virus and developing serious problems.

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Helping elders sleep more, and more soundly

by Dorian Martin
October 10th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Every morning, Dad and I engage in the same conversation. “How did you sleep?” I ask him at the first sign of his moving around. His reply: “I slept, but I didn’t sleep soundly.”

We continue to try to piece together what is behind Dad’s sleep issues. About six years ago, I noticed that Dad was snoring quite a bit. He agreed to have a sleep test, which pinpointed sleep apnea. That condition often disrupts sleep, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. To get his sleep apnea under control, Dad now uses a machine designed for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) at night, which has helped some.

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5 options for elder housing, and how to choose

by Dorian Martin
October 3rd, 2012 at 10:10 am

As my parents aged, we talked about their moving into some sort of retirement community. They at one point put a down payment on a property in a Sun City development near where I lived, but eventually decided to buy a condo right down the street from me instead. That was the first time I started thinking about the housing choices that my parents were facing. And those options have burgeoned, especially since my prior experience with the elderly, which was back in the late 1970s when my grandmother was placed in a nursing home.

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