ElderCarelink Blog

Making the effort can pay off when caring for elders

by Dorian Martin
August 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Recently I’ve been reminded that it’s a small community of health care providers who work with elders, and little things that caregivers do can make a big difference in ways that we never would have guessed. Let me give you an example that emerged recently, where caregiving efforts had unexpected results.

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NICHE program helps hospitals care for elders

by Dorian Martin
September 4th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Mom was hospitalized several times during the two years that I served as her caregiver. I found that both hospitals where she was admitted were not set up to adequately serve the needs of an elderly patient, much less one who had Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, I’ve worried about which of the area hospitals to select if Dad experiences a major health issue. But my decision was made much easier when I read that one of our local hospitals has earned a special designation for improving care for older adults. Read more »

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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