Does Retiring Speed Up Dementia?

By: Dr Bill Beckwith There are retirement stories both ways. Some have a long and rewarding retirement. Others seem to decline either physically or mentally shortly after retirement. The fear is that by retiring, one becomes disengaged and cognitive impairment sets in. After all, educational attainment, social engagement, exercise, challenging work, and bilingualism are “neuroprotective Read more…

JUST ASK!

JUST ASK! Do you know someone who seems depressed and shows signs of losing hope in this life? If so, please ask this question: “DO YOU WANT TO HURT YOURSELF? “ By doing so, you could potentially SAVE a life. Depression can lead to thoughts of suicide and sometimes, those thoughts lead to action. There Read more…

The Five W’s of Dementia

By: Gary LeBlanc Some of the more orthodox crime detective practices of solving a mystery, trained investigators are taught to always concentrate on asking the five W’s: who, what, when, where and why. As a caregiver for someone living with dementia, you will soon discover that your daily routine involves the constant task of solving Read more…

THE JOY AND SADNESS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

When you ask someone who is grieving the death of a loved one, “what do you want for Christmas?” the typical answer is “to have my loved one back, have life the way it once was.” Traditions are made from past celebrations including the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. Continuing those celebrations after your loved one Read more…

Suicide—A Silent Turning Point

 Nothing devastates a family like the loss of a loved one through suicide. It is such an uncomprehensible tragedy that it leaves everyone speechless, without ever having any real answers. With senior adult couples the rate of Homicide-Suicide increases 50 percent—higher than younger adults. For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases, these Read more…

Dealing With Guilt At Being A Long-Distance Caregiver

This entry was posted in Blog Posts, Senior Care in Redington Beach FL and tagged Senior Care in Redington Beach FL on October 27, 2016 by Becky Moultrie, Owner, Assisting Hands St. Pete.  As a family caregiver your responsibility is to understand your aging parent’s needs and challenges, and devise a personalized approach to care, support, and encouragement tailored to those individual needs. Read more…

What is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager or Aging Life Care Specialist?

By: Laura Freed, RN, BS, CCM Navigating through the “healthcare maze” can be confusing, frustrating, even frightening. Having a private Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) can help lead you in the right direction and assist in making the best choices of providers in your community.  Since the field of private Geriatric Care Management is still relatively Read more…

Undiagnosed Dementia

Undiagnosed Dementia The number of people with dementia is now estimated to have reached 131.5 million worldwide according to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).Unfortunately, there is a problem with this figure. I believe that it is moderately low. This estimate is mostly accumulated from death certificates in most countries. The problem that lies here is this: Read more…

The Sunnier Side of Sundowners

Sundown syndrome—also known as “sundowning”—is a term describing the onset of heavier confusion and intensified agitation in those living with dementia. Usually this begins anywhere from late afternoon to dusk. However in reality, it could happen at any time throughout the day. Experts believe one of the contributing factors is a shift in the biological Read more…

Laughter Pills

by Rosa Carlisle We all wish to live and experience joy.  As a caretaker, it is difficult to feel happy when there is always someone depending upon you. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the duties of care-taking. Doctors tell us if we experience these stressful situations often, the body reacts in much the same Read more…

Gratitude – The Most Important Tool in Your Spiritual Tool Belt

On this somewhat volatile planet – life is full of daily ups and downs. Economic trends, weather events, political clashes, shortages of goods and services, startling price hikes, shifts in Government regulations, even acts of God and man can and do instantly disrupt our orderly way of life. As caregivers, our daily routines are frequently Read more…

Having a Back-up Plan

Hi Folks,  This week’s article is of the most importance, if you don’t have a back-up plan in place as a caregiver, you truly have no plan at all. Having a Back-up Plan It is a well-known fact that accidents happen. Whether they are caused by a natural disaster or human error, it’s imperative for Read more…

Reverse Mortgage for Purchase | Part 2 – Scenarios

Reverse Mortgage for Purchase – Scenarios Below are just of few hypothetical scenarios illustrating the power of using a reverse mortgage to purchase a home in different circumstances. These scenarios are only examples, and your circumstances may be different, however a reverse mortgage for purchase could help you achieve your retirement home purchasing objectives. Scenario Read more…

“Alzheimer’s is Preventable” and Other Myths You Should Know About

An estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. 1 in 3 seniors die of Alzheimer’s or dementia. A degenerative brain disease, it is the only cause of death in the top ten that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed down. Not everything is Read more…

Are you part of the Sandwich Generation?

By Gary Joseph LeBlanc – Guest Blogger   I have often been offered the opportunity to hear, once again, the many voices of diverse caregivers. Their honest, heartfelt conversations concerning current trials and hardships are very moving. I was surprised, however, when I realized that most of what these dear people were describing to me Read more…