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The 10 Absolutes of Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Patients

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By Jane Noble At Amada, we know that caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia takes an endless amount of patience. Professional caregivers are trained to handle difficult situations and respond to the varying moods of their clients – but family caregivers usually have no previous experience to draw on. Jo Huey, an Alzheimer’s caregiver for over 30 years, has created what she calls “The 10 Absolutes of Alzheimer’s Caregiving.” She shares more stories of her experiences in her book “Alzheimer’s Disease: Help and Hope.”  The 10 Absolutes provide practical yet compassionate strategies for family caregivers to…

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Navigating Long-Term Care Insurance for Your Parent

When you first noticed that your parent’s age was limiting them, what questions came to mind? Did you struggle to accept the reality of their aging or worry about their wellbeing?  Did you wonder what preparations were in place for their needs? Besides the questions you may have asked yourself, there is one question you must ask your aging parent: “Do you have a long-term care insurance policy?” After a health crisis, anyone may find they need long-term care. But since senior citizens especially are at a higher risk for debilitating health problems, they are more likely to need it. Long-term care…

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A Senior’s Guide to Understanding Cholesterol Numbers

High cholesterol is a common health concern in the United States, but it’s particularly troublesome to seniors. The truth is that as you age, your risk for developing high cholesterol increases. Here’s a guide tailored specifically for seniors to help you gain a better understanding of your cholesterol health. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your bloodstream. This insoluble matter is produced primarily by the liver, but it is also produced by other cells in the body. Despite its bad reputation, cholesterol is actually vital for many of the metabolic processes that take place in your…

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Culture and Aging

It seems that most of us in Western culture would do whatever it takes to prevent aging – wrinkle creams, hair dyes, supplements, and even plastic surgery are commonplace. What is it that keeps us searching for the fountain of youth? Many believe it is our culture’s negative depiction of aging. “There’s so much shame in our culture around aging and death,” said Koshin Paley Ellison, co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. “As people approach old age they frequently feel that there’s something wrong with them and that they’re losing value.” Jared Diamond, a professor at UCLA,…

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3 Major Ways Caregivers Can Help Seniors Stay Independent

As an adult, you are used to having the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. It may be difficult for you to imagine not being able to do those things. Yet, for many seniors, this is a reality. We’d like to take a moment to recognize not only the importance of senior independence but also how caregivers can help seniors maintain their independence for as long as possible. With age comes a variety of changes that can challenge a senior’s physical and physiological state; some making it increasingly difficult for seniors to properly care for themselves. Because of this, many…

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