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Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Alzheimer’s Association Many people joke about forgetting friends’ names or where they put their keys, but there is a big difference between a slight lack of focus and the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a fatal brain disease that causes a gradual decline in memory, thinking, communication and reasoning skills. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, even…

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12 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Beloved Senior in Your Life

Our goal at Amada Senior Care is to enrich seniors’ lives and ensure our clients are safe, healthy and happy at home. Just in time for the 12 Days of Christmas, we have a dozen gift ideas aimed at achieving that goal. Keep these suggestions in mind for gifting your senior loved one on other holidays, a birthday or anniversary… or just because.  The Gift of Your Time  Really, this is what every senior loved one wants – just your presence rather than a present. How about treating her or him to a special family time occasion, a “day of beauty” with a…

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Accepting Dependence on Care from Others

Dr. Seuss once said, “To the world, you may be one person. But to one person, you may be the world.” From your perspective, who is most present in your every day? Who supports you, offers companionship, and imparts meaning into your life? For many of our readers, it is a caregiver. If you’re the caregiver – it may be the senior you care for. When we find ourselves in situations that call for it, most of us know to approach elder care gently. We take notice of and are sensitive to the frail health of many seniors, but we…

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LTCI – Who Benefits the Most? Policyholders or Loved Ones?

Do you have a plan to pay for long-term care (LTC) services? Long-term care insurance (LTCI) helps protect a policyholder’s income and assets against the financial risk of an LTC event. While people may think policyholders benefit the most, LTCI can protect the whole family. LTCI benefits policyholders in many ways, including the following: 1. LTCI Protects Your Hard-Earned Income & Assets It’s no surprise that LTC services are expensive. According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Survey, it currently costs $48,000 per year to live in an assisted living facility. In 20 years, the cost is estimated jump to…

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The Biggest Senior Mental Health Issue Today

As parents and grandparents age, many adult children (and seniors themselves) fear that their loved one will be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, enduring years of cognitive decline and ultimately death as a result of the crippling disease. When we think of mental health issues in seniors, Alzheimer’s and dementia is at the forefront of our thoughts, conversations, and research. However, there is another silent killer that poses the biggest threat to senior mental health–– depression. Depressive disorders are the top mental health issue faced by seniors today, said gerontologist Patrick Arbore, EdD, director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention…

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