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Tips for Navigating Hospital Stays for Those with Alzheimer’s

Of the 5.8 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease, 5.6 million are age 65 or older. According to a 2009-2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the same demographic accounted for 15% of emergency room visits during that period. ER visits and hospital admissions…

Early Diagnosis Is Worth the Risk of Offending a Loved One

Sadly, millions of people in the U.S. live with Alzheimer’s disease. Even sadder is that fewer than half of Alzheimer’s patients or their caregivers report being told of the diagnosis by a healthcare provider. An Alzheimer’s Association report from 2015 indicated that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s…

Protect Alzheimer’s Patients from Information Overload

We live in a global society, and within our society terrible things happen. We indirectly face tragedy every day. We’re constantly bombarded by breaking news that keeps us reeling. It is a hard reality for those of us with healthy minds, but it is even more disturbing for a person…

These Essential Supplies Make Caregiving a Little Easier

The hardest job becomes easier when the right supplies are on hand. This is especially true with caregiving. Every day is a learning experience. We learn what is essential for the care and the service of the person we are caring for. The following tools and materials can help…

Effective Responses to the Problem of Elder Abuse

For millions of Americans, elder abuse is an unfortunate consequence of aging. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) estimates that one in 10 seniors ages 60 and older have been abused in the U.S. Physical abuse is just one form of mistreatment that some elderly people endure in this…

Taking a Look at the Cognitive Assessment Disconnect

In the time that it takes to read the first few paragraphs of this column, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s disease. One person in the U.S. develops the illness every 65 seconds, according to a 2019 report. The Alzheimer’s Association indicates that…