Author Archives: Ray Burow

Caregivers: Keep Fit With a Physical Exercise Program

Caregiving is strenuous, so if you’re a caregiver and haven’t started a physical exercise routine, don’t put it off any longer. Better yet, get your loved one started on a physical exercise program, too. Nobody needs another reminder about the benefits of exercise — they’re as common as TV…

A Can-do Attitude Is a Good 1st Step for New Caregivers

New caregivers can easily become overwhelmed by their responsibilities. But all of us who are caregivers were also overwhelmed at the start of our own caregiving journeys. Daunting is an overused term, but it is the most descriptive word for caregiving newbies. It is daunting to learn the ropes, especially…

Embracing the Holidays When Joy Is Anticipated, but Dementia Is Not

Christmas is designed around anticipation — and not just from a marketing standpoint. Sure, the holiday has become significantly commercialized. Still, many years ago, on a hillside near Bethlehem, following an appearance of angels, shepherds were led to Bethlehem in anticipation of a babe in a manger. With great expectation,…

The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

Both dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s disease, and hearing impairment are most prevalent among seniors. In the United States, one in three people ages 65 to 74 is affected by hearing loss, while 3% of that demographic has Alzheimer’s. Hearing loss has also been associated with cognitive impairment and an…

Some Dementias Are Reversible, Making a Proper Diagnosis Crucial

Some dementias are reversible. Now, that’s something we don’t hear every day but need to, right? Unfortunately, the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, isn’t reversible, but it’s important to understand that not every dementia leads to the mind-altering and life-changing disease that up to 5.8 million Americans…