How to Handle a Parent with Dementia in Denial

Senior man sitting on sofa
“How can you say I have Alzheimer’s disease? There is nothing wrong with me!” If you’ve ever heard a senior loved one with dementia frustratingly communicate this or a similar sentiment, it’s likely you have believed that individual was just in denial and not willing to come to grips with a tough diagnosis. The truth […]

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Senior Driving: Is It Time for Mom to Give Up the Car Keys?

Discussing an Elderly Parent's Ability to Drive a Car
It is among the more difficult decisions we face in later years, and a very sensitive subject for adult children to broach with their elder parents: surrendering the car keys. Driving ourselves, while offering an intrinsic sense of freedom and independence, may become extremely unsafe due to a variety of variables pertaining to growing older. […]

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Visiting with Aging Parents for the Holidays? Use This Checklist to Assess Their Safety Level.

Living across the country from family makes it challenging to visit our older loved ones as much as we’d wish, but when the holiday season arrives, families make an extra effort to spend time with each other – making it the ideal opportunity to appraise a senior loved one’s safety and wellbeing. There are many […]

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When a Senior Loved One Has Dementia, How Do You Manage the Holidays?

Watching the holiday season through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can seem to be anything but merry and bright. Family may be weighed down with caregiving responsibilities, and the disruption to routine may bring about more distress for a senior dealing with the effects of dementia. Nevertheless, with a little creativity and adjustment of expectations, […]

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Prevent Caregiver Burnout by Staying Social

Let’s be genuine: providing care for a senior can become tiring, overwhelming, isolating and lead one on a path to caregiver burnout. When caregiving requirements advance, particularly when a long-term disease like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease is at play, family care providers might feel that they’re in over their heads, and getting through the most […]

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The Stress of Taking Care of Aging Parents: Don’t Let It Come Between You and Your Siblings

Although we’d prefer to turn a blind eye to it, family friction is common in some form for most people, especially when it comes to taking care of aging parents. When stress levels are increased, it’s normal to seek a target to serve as an outlet for some of those emotions; and sadly, that target […]

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Medicare Now Covers Treadmill Therapy for Vascular Disease

Here’s some good news for anyone with vascular disease, a debilitating condition which can occur from cigarette smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s risk of developing a heart attack or stroke, and sometimes resulting in limb amputation. Medicare is now going to cover the cost of treadmill therapy once recommended and monitored by […]

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