Elder Care

Taking Care of the Elderly and Taking Care of Yourself

Taking care of the elderly is becoming a reality for more and more people. Often frustration is an integral part of that task, especially if the elderly person is afflicted with Alzheimer\’s disease or dementia. The question is, how do you deal with a certain amount of inevitable frustration and maintain your equilibrium while giving your loved one the care…

The Five Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

You visited your parents recently and your mom’s behavior worried you. She didn’t seem her usual self ? she was forgetful, repeating herself in conversation and over the weekend she seemed to misplace more items than is usual. You want to just put it down to ?old age,? but maybe there is more to it than that. So, when do…

Alzheimer's: Receiving Care Outside the Home

by Nancy Travers,LCSW We all want to do best for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s. Many times that includes having the discussion of placing a spouse or parent in a long-term care facility as opposed to receiving home care. But when do we know when it’s the right time? And how do we know we’ve chosen the right place? If…

Recognizing Depression in the Elderly

By Nancy Travers You’ve just visited your parents who live out of state and you heard your mother complain all about the neighbors, the food and more. Should you mark all of this complaining as a sign of depression? Maybe. According to the National Institutes of Health, 2 million people aged 65 or older suffer from full-blown depression. Another 5…

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