Signs of Alzheimer's Disease in Seniors
Signs of Alzheimer's Disease in Seniors
By Sara Marrow, 9:00 am on November 22, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease causes memory loss, behavioral challenges, poor communication, and other health issues. Although some of the symptoms may vary among seniors, there are common signs to watch out for. Knowing the early symptoms of the disease can help you get treatment for your aging loved one immediately. Here are…

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personal care services
By Sara Marrow, 2:03 pm on January 29, 2018

In 2017, it was estimated that 5.5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease, with 5.3 million being 65 or older—it is now the 6th leading cause of death in the nation.1 People and providers of in-home care services often associate it with memory loss. Indeed, this and other early symptoms are commonly attributed…

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Mindfulness-Based Alzheimer Care
Mindfulness-Based Alzheimer Care
By Sara Marrow, 12:32 pm on November 29, 2017

As more and more children are assisting with in-home adult care for their elderly parents, they are encountering the stressfulness of dementia and Alzheimer more frequently. Part of the reason more children are having to learn how to manage the stresses associated with these ailments is that more seniors are…

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In Home Memory Care
In Home Memory Care
By Sara Marrow, 3:38 pm on June 29, 2017

For children of parents with Alzheimer’s, it can be frustrating to watch your loved ones forget things they once knew—even their own family members and Alzheimer’s caregivers—as their minds slowly deteriorate. While there has been much research and study into the causes and treatments for Alzheimer’s, so far there have…

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Read These Helpful Books for a Better Understanding of Alzheimer's
Read These Helpful Books for a Better Understanding of Alzheimer's
By Sara Marrow, 9:00 am on August 5, 2015

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that affects an estimated 5.3 million Americans. Providing Alzheimer’s home care for a senior loved one is challenging and can take a toll mentally, emotionally, and financially. A number of books have been published that can help advise caregivers during their experience. The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss, by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins A favorite among San Antonio senior home care professionals and lauded by many as the “go to manual” for caregivers, this comprehensive guide offers tips for daily care and managing challenging behaviors, discusses resources for…

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How to Handle Dementia Outbursts
How to Handle Dementia Outbursts
By Sara Marrow, 9:00 am on July 15, 2015

Some seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s, especially those in the later stages, demonstrate challenging behaviors like outbursts. When this happens, it’s important for family members and caregivers to remember it isn’t the senior speaking. It’s the voice of dementia. With the deterioration of cognitive function, a senior with dementia or Alzheimer’s has difficulty recognizing his or her needs, understanding how to meet them, and communicating. Outbursts may also be triggered by pain, physical discomfort, medication side effects, hallucinations, and boredom. Sometimes, aggressive behavior is prompted by feeling rushed, afraid, or confused. Understanding the cause of an outburst is the first step towards resolving it. Here, Home Care Assistance of San…

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Not Sharing Alzheimers Diagnosis with Patient
Not Sharing Alzheimers Diagnosis with Patient
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on April 30, 2015

While deciding not to inform a loved one of his or her Alzheimer’s diagnosis was once usual practice, today most San Antonio Alzheimer’s care experts — along with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America — believe that you should be honest with a family member who has the disease. The Power of Truth Many people are concerned that telling their loved one about the diagnosis will provoke a painful emotional reaction. However, while this may be true, the reality is that most people have an inkling that something is wrong before they are ever told they have Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society….

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Ways to Promote Senior Memory
Ways to Promote Senior Memory
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on March 19, 2015

Studies have shown that as people age, it becomes more difficult to recall both short and long-term memories. However, for older adults, adhering to the phrase “use it or lose it” can help to boost memory in the aging brain, keeping it as active as possible. The below five suggestions from our San Antonio caregivers are great ways for seniors to keep the brain healthy in the golden years. Practice Memory Tricks – Seniors (or their caregivers) who notice that their memories are not at 100 percent can use any number of memory tricks. These include things such as leaving sticky notes around the house, using the alarms to set…

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Alzheimers Life Expectancy
Alzheimers Life Expectancy
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on February 12, 2015

Your parent was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The initial shock is starting to wear off, but you still have many questions. As a leading San Antonio Alzheimer’s care provider, we work with many families who are experiencing a wide range of emotions after a loved one’s diagnosis, and have found that one of the first questions asked is about future and quality of life. Your family is likely wondering how many years your dear father or mother can live with the disease. The average person who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s lives anywhere from eight to ten years after they find out they have it. There are extreme cases where patients…

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Early Alzheimers Warning Signs
Early Alzheimers Warning Signs
By Sara Marrow, 6:38 pm on January 15, 2015

Recognizing the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease is important as it gives families a chance to seek formal diagnoses, establish feasible treatment and care plans, and prepare for the future. If you are concerned that an aging parent, grandparent or loved one may be showing some of the signs of Alzheimer’s, keep in mind that a person’s loved ones are far more likely to identify uncharacteristic behaviors than this individual’s own physician. The following are just a few of the most easily identifiable signs that a senior may be experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, presented by the memory care experts at Home Care Assistance, a provider of high-quality…

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