Does Poor Sleep Affect the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Let’s face it, we all have days where we just feel like we could use a few more hours of sleep. But, if you notice your aging relative frequently dozing off or complaining of sleepiness during the day, new research suggests they may be at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep and Alzheimer’s Study One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are beta-amyloid deposits that build up in the brain. Researchers looked at information gathered from 123 participants who were at an ... Read more

What Is an Elder Orphan?

Maria, aged 76, had never had any children and her husband, Alexander, had passed away a few years ago, leaving Maria to live alone. Though Maria missed Alexander, she had never minded living alone. That is, until she had a stroke that made it difficult for her to do some things on her own. Because Maria had no children, she had no one to come and help her with things like cleaning her house or shopping for groceries. Do you know an ... Read more

How to Cope with Suspicions in a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease

Elderly adults living with Alzheimer's disease can exhibit a wide range of behaviors and symptoms associated with their cognitive functioning decline. As the disease progresses and more brain cells are lost to the disease, your senior's perception of the world around them, and how they are able to interact with it, changes. For those in the moderate to advanced stages of the disease, this can include delusions and suspicions. Your parent may believe things that are irrational, or carry serious suspicions such ... Read more

What You Should Know During Head Lice Prevention Month

September is Head Lice Prevention Month. There is a common misconception that lice is something that only impacts children, and that adults don't need to worry about infestations. As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you should know this is not true. While children are more likely to contract lice, adults can and do experience lice infestations as well. This makes it extremely important that you understand these pests and how to protect your parent from them, or manage them ... Read more

Where Can You Get the Education You Need as a Caregiver?

When you first get started as a caregiver, there's a lot that you need to know. There's no way possible to know and to understand everything that there is to learn. You'll need to tap into as many different sources as you possibly can. Your Senior's Doctor Your elder's doctor can give you the most specialized information possible about your aging adult and her health conditions. This is an excellent place to start out collecting what you need to know. You'll add to ... Read more

Is Your Senior Suffering from Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disorder in the United States. This condition impacts more than 7 million people, with approximately 25% of these suffering moderate to severe cases of the disease. While psoriasis itself can cause tremendous discomfort, including itching and pain, it can also greatly increase the chances of your parent experiencing other health issues. One of these is psoriatic arthritis. Studies show that approximately 30% of all those living with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, and 85% of those ... Read more

CENTRAL STAR HOME HEALTH Mansfield, OH Needs a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse

CENTRAL STAR HOME HEALTH Mansfield, OH, has an immediate need for a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. This is wonderful opportunity to join a leading home care provider committed to quality service. We seek a self-managed, organized clinician who is passionate about nursing practice. We offer competitive salary/benefits, great co-workers and a respectful work environment that appreciates a job well done. This is an office position with some field visits as needed. The main responsibility of this position will be to act ... Read more

Some Items That Enable Your Dad to Live Alone After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Your dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago. He's forgetful, but his doctor doesn't feel he needs to be moved from his home yet. As long as you're monitoring his safety and eliminating potential risks, he can age in place. How do you ensure he's safe? Here are five items you need to take a closer look at. Security Cameras It feels wrong. You've set up security cameras for the purpose of monitoring your dad from a distance. It does feel slightly ... Read more

What Are the Five Stages of Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson's disease affects approximately 1 million people throughout the United States. Another 60,000 will be diagnosed each year. If you are a family caregiver for one of these people, it is important for you to educate yourself as much as you can about the disease, so you can understand what your senior is facing, and better prepare yourself to be their caregiver throughout the diagnosis. One element of this is understanding the stages of the disease. Parkinson's disease is progressive, which means ... Read more

5 Ways Caregivers Can Care for Themselves

We probably don’t need to tell you this, but being a caregiver is a hard job. It can take both a physical and mental toll. There are around 44 million caregivers in the United States and the Family Caregiver Alliance calls them “a population at risk.” Caregivers are at greater risk for depression, stress, and substance abuse. Many caregivers report that their own physical health declined after beginning their caregiving duties. Family caregivers can avoid the pitfalls that come with caregiving by ... Read more
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