Urinary Tract Infections Strike at Any Age… Keep an Eye Out for These 6 Signs.

First posted on Sixty and Me on May 9, 2017. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are not an ideal topic for conversation. They are a painful nuisance that accounts for 8.1 million people visiting their primary care physician each year. However, the severity of symptoms that can occur in an older adult makes it a necessary conversation […]

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Enjoyable Eats: 10 Tips to Make Mealtime More Enticing for Someone Living with Dementia

Weight loss is a common and harmful symptom for those living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, meal times for our loved one can be stressful, uncomfortable, and even embarrassing.  Coupled with a loss of appetite, ensuring our loved ones eat enough calories in a day becomes a top priority to maintaining their physical well-being. Make […]

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How The 5 Senses Can Help Loved Ones Living with Dementia

Originally posted at Sixty and Me  Our memories mean so much to us. They provide us with a sense of self and stand as a reminder of the journey we have taken in this life. And the memories we share with the people closest to us become an intricate piece of our identity. As these […]

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Addressing Our Caregiver Shortage through Intergenerational Programs: Introducing our Youth to Seniors Living in Long-Term Care

As our population continues to age and the demand to age in place continues to grow, family caregivers have assumed the responsibility of caring for our older population. In the post, Investing in the ‘New Normal’: Are Companies Afraid to Admit Caregiving is now a Business Problem? I discussed the need for companies to recognize this growing number of […]

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Investing in the ‘New Normal’: Are Companies Afraid to Admit Caregiving is now a Business Problem?

Nancy LeaMond (Executive Vice President & Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, Communities, States and National Affairs at AARP) reports: [C]aregiving also has long been, and will continue to be, a business and workforce issue. [S]ix in 10 family caregivers are working while more than one in three are working full time. In fact, the average […]

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Validating our loved ones who no longer connect with words​

Receiving validation from others, no matter the form, can have a powerful effect on all of us.  Validation lets us know we’ve been heard and that our feelings are important. In both giving and receiving, it can provide our interactions with others with a strong foundation for communication and a better opportunity for a peaceful […]

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5 Reasons why your loved with dementia tells you they want to go home

From the moment we are born, where we live becomes a foundational part of our identity. We cherish the home for its ability to protect us and to provide us with space to just be.  It is in our home, we have privacy, autonomy, and security. As such an immense part of our lives, it […]

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4 meaningful ways to spend time with a loved one living with Dementia

Spending time with a parent or loved one living with dementia can be a worrying experience.  “What should I say?” “What can I do?” or “What if they don’t know who I am?” are all completely normal questions you may ask yourself. Not to mention, if you weren’t that close prior to their diagnosis the task of […]

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