Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with Alzheimer’s disease. It is the most common type of dementia. But it is only one of many forms of dementia. Like Alzheimer’s disease, most types of dementia have a devastating impact on memory and mental capabilities. And, also like Alzheimer’s, the damage caused by these diseases is irreversible. The most frequently diagnosed forms of dementia include: Alzheimer’s disease: Alzheimer’s is by far the most widespread form of all dem
If you or a senior you love has been hospitalized recently, you might have been surprised to learn the hospital stay was classified as observation and not inpatient. Most Medicare patients aren’t aware there is a difference and just how important that difference is, especially as it pertains to finances. Over the last decade, Medicare laws and penalties on readmissions made observation stays a more attractive option for hospitals than readmitting a patient. In fact, a New Yor
If you’ve watched a friend or family member battle Alzheimer’s or a similar form of dementia, it’s probably made you worry and wonder what steps you can take to prevent it. While researchers still don’t know what causes Alzheimer’s, they do have a few ideas that might help prevent it. From A to Z, here are a few steps you can take to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease: Active lifestyle: Staying active and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle is a great brain booster.
Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease can come with many challenges. From wandering to sleep disturbances, caregivers often find themselves navigating a number of complex behaviors. A common one is agitation. Seniors with Alzheimer’s often experience agitation as the sun begins to go down. This is referred to as sun downing or Sundowner’s syndrome. It refers to the restlessness and pacing that occurs during the late afternoon and early evening hours. Agitation ca
Hearing loss is more common among older adults. Almost one-third of adults over the age of 65 have hearing loss, and 50% of those over the age of 75. Not only is it an annoyance, but it can impact cognitive health and independence. If you or a senior loved one live with hearing loss, finding ways to compensate for it is the key to maintaining independence. Here a few tips you can use to maintain that independence: Written word- From medication dosage to physician appointments