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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

by Senior Care Society on 01/09/2012 - 06:33 am
Tag: Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 35 million individuals worldwide and costs the global economy more than $600 billion. Alzheimer’s is an international health epidemic that impacts people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
 
September is World Alzheimer’s Month and an opportunity to raise awareness of this devastating disease on a global level. If you know an individual who is in need of information on Alzheimer’s, you can direct them to the following resources in multiple languages from the Alzheimer’s Association:
 

Brain Tour – A virtual tour of the brain that helps to explain how the brain works and how Alzheimer’s disea ...

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Your diet and Alzheimer's

by Senior Care Society on 01/09/2012 - 09:53 am
Tag: Dementia

Time magizine reported today that the research published in the journal Neurology, shows that people with diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E have slower rates of decline in cognitive memory skills than those with lower with lower amounts.  You can read the entire article at: How Your Diet May Affect Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

How to Reduce Fall Risks

by Senior Care Society on 10/14/2011 - 08:59 am
Tag: Caregiver Advice

Falling is the leading cause of injury death for Americans age 65 and older according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Every year approximately 35 to 40 percent of older adult Americans fall at least once.  Over 50% of these falls occur on the home.
 
Injuries caused by falling down can often be prevented by reducing the risk factors that lead to falling.  Preparing yourself and your home to eliminate these factors can lead to a healthier and more enjoyable life.  Here are some tips on how to prevent you and your loved ones from falling.
 
Learn more by reading our article on Reducing Fall Risks.

Know What To Do, About The Flu

by Senior Care Society on 09/27/2011 - 11:43 am
Tag: Caregiver Advice

For older adults, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Each year in the U.S., deaths from flu-related causes range from 3,300 to 48,600 (average of 23,600), and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from serious flu complications. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.
 
Actions To Take This Flu Season
1. Get Your Flu Shot
Getting vaccinated means not only protecting yourself, but not spreading the flu to your spouse, children, or grandchildren. CDC recommends getting the vaccine as soon as it becomes available in your community because it takes the body about two weeks to build up immunity ...

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Preparing for the Future

by Senior Care Society on 09/26/2011 - 05:10 am
Tag: Caregiver Advice

When is the right time to begin discussing your parent’s future?  While it doesn’t sound natural that a child should be talking to a parent about their future, it is important to be prepared for unforeseen events.  As they get older and require more assistance, it will also create added stress for you and your family.
 
 
We all think that we are going to live forever and never want to think of a day when our parents may not be able to care for themselves, so we tend to not want to think about what happens if we can no longer care for ourselves.  With over 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day for the next 17 years our senior care industry is going to ...

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2011 National Assisted Living Week

by Senior Care Society on 09/10/2011 - 05:59 am
Tag: Special Occasions

NCAL established National Assisted Living Week® (NALW) in 1995 as a way to promote assisted living to the public. It provides a unique opportunity for residents, families, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding community to come together to celebrate and show the residents how much we care for and love them. 
 
Share your idea's on how to you are planning to recognize the people involved in caring for your loved one.

Grandparents Day, 2011

by Senior Care Society on 09/08/2011 - 10:58 am
Tag: Special Occasions

This Sunday, September 11 is National Grandparents Day.  In honor of grandparents I wanted to share a personal story.
 
For years as a very young child I remembered thinking how weird it was that other kids had two sets of grandparents.  I was only fortunate enough to ever know my maternal grandparents.  They lived two doors away from us and I have fond memories of sneaking down to their house for special treats or to escape home when I got in trouble.  They were always available to me when I had a question to be answered or just wanted some company on a sunny day.  They have since passed on and I now have children of my own. 
 
Oddly enough, my c ...

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Caregiver Action Plan

by Senior Care Society on 08/15/2011 - 05:03 am
Tag: Caregiver Advice

Whether you suddenly became a caregiver or it occurred gradually over time, you may feel unprepared, and overwhelmed by what is expected of you. These feelings, as well as other emotions—fear, sadness, anxiety, guilt, frustration, and even anger—are normal, and may vary over time throughout your time of giving care.  During this time you will also experience the unanticipated emotions of caregiving—forgiveness, compassion, courage—that can turn hardship into hope and healing.
 
Each family faces different circumstances, but there are some proven strategies can help you as a caregiver. It is best to educate yourself as best you can and develop a plan accord ...

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