ElderCarelink Blog

Is a PACE program in your future?

by Sue Lanza
March 18th, 2011 at 2:07 am

Having coffee with a friend the other day when she mentioned that she disliked the choices for her aunt of assisted living or eventually even a long-term care setting, due to some chronic medical conditions. I asked her if she had ever heard of a PACE program. Like most people, she said, “No, what is that”?

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How to deal with wandering behavior

by Sue Lanza
March 11th, 2011 at 5:14 am

I was having coffee with a friend this week who related a story of a neighbor who was caring her husband with dementia. The neighbor was struggling with a new phase of her husband’s disease where he is constantly trying to “escape” from their home. So many of us are living through this exact scenario but how do we cope?

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When A Loved One Isn’t So

by Sue Lanza
February 25th, 2011 at 3:06 am

A few years ago, I was corresponding with a dementia specialist in the United Kingdom about an article I was writing for the Journal of Dementia Care (by the way, it is a terrific journal with practical ideas). We each thought the other had funny ways of saying things but over time, she helped me edit my article for the British audience I was addressing.

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Top 8 dementia definitions you need to know

by Sue Lanza
February 17th, 2011 at 9:31 am

Despite all the public attention given to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in general, I still run across many people who are confused about the general definitions. And when doctors and caregivers get together, it is important to know the lingo so you can navigate these tricky waters. These will give you a starting point.

Let’s start with the biggie: what is dementia? And is dementia the same as Alzheimer’s disease?

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My Self-Care Challenge

by Sue Lanza
February 10th, 2011 at 6:49 am

In the broad life category of “it’s not too late to re-invent yourself”, I have decided that this year I will grow up, get real and be healthy. I know, I know. I am even scaring myself with this new commitment. For the record, this bombshell did not come as a new year’s resolution; just an idea that developed over time.

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