ElderCarelink Blog

Did you take your pill? Medication concerns and older adults

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 28th, 2011 at 9:09 am

Dealing with aging and health issues of elders and loved ones can be difficult. From discussions about taking away the car keys to bringing in additional help, having the elder live with a family member to mom or dad moving into an assisted living facility, these conversations are fraught with emotion and challenges. Yet, before these major conversations take place, another issue should be resolved: ensuring the elder is properly taking his or her medication.

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Medication issues for seniors

by Judy Kirkwood
June 13th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I was always amazed at how well my sister kept track of mom’s medications. It is not only a time consuming task to keep them all organized and on target regarding time of day and how long before or after eating, but it falls on the caregiver to also keep track of why a certain medication has been prescribed, and to try to keep a lid on medication costs if there is a generic alternative.

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Use of atypical antipsychotics for dementia patients declines according to study

by Carol Bursack
February 18th, 2011 at 3:07 am

Nearly fifteen years ago, a surgeon inserted a shunt into my dad’s brain to drain fluid that was building up behind scar tissue left from a World War II brain injury. This type of surgery is fairly safe and effective, if any brain surgery falls into that category. However, for Dad, something went wrong. He came out of surgery with severe dementia.

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When a Loved One Has Dementia: Tips When Traveling to a Warmer Climate

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
December 17th, 2010 at 3:11 am

For those of us living in a state where winter can be beautiful but cold and snowy, the thought of a trip to a warmer climate sounds really appealing right about now! If you are traveling with a loved who has memory loss and perhaps some hearing or vision problems, it will mean extra planning, not only in packing. There may be some potential safety concerns so increased awareness can be very helpful during the course of your time away.

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An Airplane Trip When Someone Has Dementia Requires Planning Ahead.

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
December 15th, 2010 at 3:12 am

If you are traveling by air with an older adult who has dementia, it is important to try and create the least stressful environment for all involved. For many of us, air travel can present a variety of challenges during busy travel times and potential weather glitches, so assisting another person may require some additional awareness and patience.

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