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Loneliness Could Be Increasing the Risk of Dementia in Seniors

Seniors that feel lonely and isolated are more likely to experience cognitive decline and even are exposed to the risk of dementia than those who stay socially connected. For that special senior in your life, here’s why good brain health often results in a higher quality of life.

By |2022-01-28T14:44:34-05:00February 7th, 2022|Categories: Alzheimer's & Dementia|Tags: , , , , |

Understanding and Managing the Effects of Sundowner’s Syndrome

If you’re an informal caregiver for an elderly loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, then you understand how their behavior can sometimes turn on a dime. They could have a clinical condition that’s called Sundowner’s Syndrome, or “sundowning” for short. Trying to understand and manage Sundowner’s Syndrome can be challenging and stressful, but it is possible when taking these steps. 

By |2020-08-09T22:07:22-04:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Alzheimer's & Dementia|Tags: , , , , , |

Helping an Aging Parent with Dementia Remember Who You Are

Watching an aging parent with dementia slowly decline can be painful, and when that cognitive impairment directly affects your relationship with them it’s even worse. It’s not uncommon for seniors in the later stages of dementia to totally stop recognizing and remembering others, including their own adult children and grandchildren.

By |2019-05-25T14:41:46-04:00May 27th, 2019|Categories: Alzheimer's & Dementia|Tags: , , , |

Help Kids Deal with an Elderly Grandparent with Dementia

When you’re a Sandwich Generation member who’s caring for an elderly grandparent with dementia, your kids may start complaining about the amount of time you’re spending with grandpa or grandma, instead of them. Explaining to your children why their grandparent’s behavior is changing can also be difficult, and you could hear questions like: “Why can’t grandma take me to the park anymore?”, or “Why does grandpa keep forgetting my name? Trying to process those confusing feelings can oftentimes make kids feel sad, frustrated, and even jealous.

How to Respond to Aggressive Language and Behaviors From an Aging Parent

We’ve all seen the stereotype of the angry elderly neighbor portrayed in movies and TV shows. But when you’re caring for a senior parent who’s aging in place at home, and their behavioral abuse is directed towards you, it can be upsetting and stressful. Typically brought on by dementia, this “responsive behavior” includes aggressive verbal and occasional physical outbursts as your loved one inappropriately acts out what they’re feeling. As a caregiver, there are several effective ways you can respond to aggressive language and behaviors.

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