Caregiving as a Daughter
Caregiving as a Daughter
By Sara Marrow, 3:40 pm on November 15, 2017

As a daughter, your responsibilities may be caregiving for a loved one, instead of working with home health agencies. Aging parents, family members, and friends with dementia require a substantial amount of care, but balancing life and dementia caregiving can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. One solution is to find…

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Strength Exercises Seniors
Strength Exercises Seniors
By Sara Marrow, 12:41 pm on October 15, 2017

Regular exercise has many benefits for people of every age and stage, but, for older adults, it is especially important to incorporate strength exercises into daily life. Caregivers and family members play a vital role in providing tools, motivation, and support to help seniors maintain a regular routine. With a…

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Dementia Care Strategies
Dementia Care Strategies
By Sara Marrow, 4:25 pm on August 15, 2017

Developing effective dementia care strategies for a loved one who has been diagnosed with this medical condition or is in the early stages of minor memory loss is important to ensure quality care. It can be frustrating for the dementia patient when they have difficulties remembering things, places, names, and…

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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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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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Legal Planning for Dementia Patients
Legal Planning for Dementia Patients
By Sara Marrow, 8:00 am on February 26, 2015

After your parent or aging relative has been diagnosed with dementia, you must figure out all of the legalities involved in their care, both now and for the long-term. You want your loved one to have as much of a say as possible regarding their health care, ensuring that their wishes are carried out even when they are unable to make clear decisions independently. Although this is a sensitive topic, it will be important to look into and discuss the following legal matters with your loved one. Living Will It will be important to talk to your loved one about finalizing a living will. The will makes their intentions clear…

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