ElderCarelink Blog

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 »

Physical exercise can help elders fight memory loss

by Dorian Martin
August 21st, 2012 at 10:00 am

As elders age, it’s very easy for them to become less physically active, what with the aches and pains that many have. You may also see gradual changes in aging parents such as a reduced interest in doing things or going places. However, inactivity may be the worst thing for elders, especially if they’re worried about Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Read more »

Stress of caregiving and “broken heart syndrome”

by Dorian Martin
August 8th, 2012 at 11:05 am

Caregiving for an elder often results in family members, friends and caregivers experiencing unbearable sadness as the elder’s health inevitably declines and death gets the upper hand. While we often talk metaphorically about those left behind suffering from a broken heart, it turns out that this is more than just words. “Broken heart syndrome” has been identified as an actual physical reality that may pose a threat to those in caregiving roles. Read more »

Elders, Alzheimer’s and the holidays

by Carol Bursack
December 21st, 2011 at 10:19 am

Most caregivers want to give their loved ones the very best holiday possible. We tell ourselves that whether or not the care receiver can actively participate in the festivities, they should be included in the fun. I’ve seen wonderful events in private homes, assisted livings center and nursing homes, where delighted elders help caregivers decorate trees, wrap gifts, bake and do many other traditional tasks in preparation for celebrations.

However, if the person has Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, what you intended to be a joyful celebration can in reality be a frustrating and confusion to the elder.

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B12, Alzheimer’s, and the symptoms of aging

by Carol Bursack
December 8th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Decades ago, my grandmother received monthly vitamin B12 shots from the home health nurse. It was common knowledge, even then, that as people age they don’t absorb vitamin B12 well. Low B12 levels can cause pernicious anemia, which was my grandmother’s problem. However, low B12 levels can cause many other illnesses, as well.

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