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Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction: Are Seniors at Risk After Surgery?

Undergoing surgery for older adults commonly involves some inherent risks, but there’s a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors following surgery that we all have to be aware of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD occurs in more than 25% of older adults during the days or even weeks after non-cardiac surgery, and can […]

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Strategies for Improving Senior Sleep

We have all been there: slowing down breathing, counting sheep, listening to white noise, all in an attempt to force our brains to shut down to allow us the sleep we desperately need. As we age, it can be even more difficult to get enough sleep. Older adults can experience changes in their sleep architecture, […]

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The Delicate Balance: Embracing and Managing Reality in Dementia Support

Did you ever wake up in the middle of a dream and wonder, for just a moment, if what you were dreaming about was real? It can feel so disorienting until you open your eyes and take in your familiar surroundings. An experience like this gives you just a brief peek into the ongoing disorientation […]

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How to Respond to Repetitive Questions in Dementia

If you’ve ever played music on vinyl records, you know that the needle does not always track smoothly. Sometimes a tiny bit of debris or dust causes it to get stuck or skip, leaving you hearing just a few words of the song again and again until the problem is addressed.

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Understanding How Dementia Affects the Five Senses

When we think about dementia, the first thing that usually springs to mind is the loss of memory. Cognitive decline is a hallmark effect of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, but there are so many other facets of life which are impacted as well. As a matter of fact, each one of the […]

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Build Stronger Family Relationships With Important Conversations

When you dedicate a great deal of time and energy to caring for an older member of the family, it is natural for other relationships to take a back seat. After all, there are only twenty four hours per day, and you can only spread yourself so thin. This could result in additional stress, misunderstandings, […]

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Why Are Your Loved Ones Dementia Symptoms Suddenly Getting Worse?

Wouldn’t it be helpful if there was an Alzheimer’s care manual, with step-by-step details on what to anticipate at each stage of the disease? While there are some general commonalities in the progression of dementia, each person’s experience is different. This makes it difficult to know what to anticipate on any given day. Despite the […]

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How to Improve Dementia Care Through Improvisation

If you’re wondering how to improve dementia care, there are several key factors: creativity, flexibility, and a healthy dose of lighthearted fun. It stands to reason then that a spontaneous activity like improvisation is an excellent way to connect and engage with a person dealing with cognitive challenges. Not only does it enable you to […]

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Bathing Guidelines for Seniors: Is a Daily Bath Really Necessary?

Sinking into a soothing, warm bubble bath at the end of a stress-filled day, and stepping into a hot, invigorating shower first thing in the morning are daily pleasures for many of us. However it is possible to have too much of a good thing when it comes to bathing guidelines for seniors. You might […]

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How Caring Too Much May Be Harmful to a Caregiver’s Health

Empathy is, naturally, a vital characteristic of effective caregiving. The ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes allows you to better meet their needs. But there is one particular type of empathy you’ll want to understand and how it can be harmful to a caregiver’s health: emotional empathy. Emotional empathy takes caring to another level. […]

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How to Create Purpose for Older Adults and the Benefits They’ll Achieve

What is it that gets you out of bed every morning? If you’re a member of the sandwich generation, caring for both older and younger loved ones, your list is probably quite extensive! As the nest empties, however, it becomes vital to redefine our identity and discover new ways to bring meaning to each day. […]

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Senior Care Tips to Overcome the Challenges of Medical Tests

There is often nothing “routine” about a routine checkup. You may arrive to your appointment perfectly fine but leave with orders for blood work as well as other lab tests a doctor recommends to keep you as healthy as possible. These tests might be nothing more than a small inconvenience for you, however for older […]