Respecting Preferences Makes a Difference

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on November 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

How do you make a parent’s birthday special? Maybe Mom or Dad has their favorite breakfast in bed. Maybe there’s a special card, gift or places to go together. Everything is meant to say “You’re important to me, I know what makes you happy and I love you.” This is communicated through the choices made: Mom’s favorite coffee. A shirt for Dad in his favorite color. Specially chosen sights and sounds that hit them right in their “Ahhhhh!” spots as we try to make them feel happy and honored.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

Dementia, Home Safety and Medications

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on October 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Elders too often are harmed at home due to inadvertently taking too much medication. This risk is greater with dementia because the person may not recall if or when they had their last dose. So, they take it again… and sometimes, even again. Or take the wrong medication or get confused about the instructions. Was it one pill every four hours or four pills every one hour?

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Safety, Healthy Living

Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

You or your loved ones may have put away crayons and coloring books years ago. However, you may want to take up those old habits. Coloring is increasingly popular among adults. Here are four reasons you and your older loved ones should color: 

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Activities and Lifestyle

Will You Get Dementia From Soda?

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on April 27, 2017 at 9:05 AM

You may have seen it on the news or social media – two new studies suggest soda pop may be linked to stroke and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The studies appeared in the journals Stroke and Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

If you’re a soda pop drinker – sugary or diet – this may give you pause for thought. Here are four things to consider:

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

Let’s Talk About Frontotemporal Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on April 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Recently, I came across an article that struck a chord with me. Terry Jones, a member of the comedy team, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, announced his diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in September 2016. A newer interview provided an update about Terry’s condition, and also a request from his family: raise awareness about FTD and help others cope with it.

As an advocate and educator of dementia care practices, I want to honor their wishes by sharing more information about this less well-known form of dementia.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Dementia Isn’t Just a Memory Disorder

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Memory loss is the most commonly known disability connected with dementia. Yet, dementia is so much more than just a memory disorder. Here are some other types of disorders that may occur with dementia:

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

Confused About Dementia? You’re Not Alone.

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on February 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

People are frequently puzzled by statements they hear about older adults and dementia. If you have an aging loved one with dementia, chances are you may be confused yourself. Let’s untangle three serious misconceptions often heard about dementia.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Signs It May Be Time to Consider Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on February 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Lately, it seems like your elderly parents are having some trouble keeping up with everyday tasks – there’s spoiled food in the fridge, Mom missed her doctor appointment and Dad has had some minor, but concerning, falls. While these incidents may not seem like a huge deal, they could be signs your aging loved ones need some assistance. Here are some things to watch for when visiting seniors.  

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Brainteasers May Keep Seniors Sharp and Healthy

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM

As we age, our brains mature and change due to the greater number of connections between bran cells that exist due to our depth of life experience. As a result, certain cognitive abilities can slow down and make things like remembering a phone number or a news article you just read difficult. However, keeping your mind active could increase your reserves of brain cells and connections.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Helping People With Dementia Live at Home Longer

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on October 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

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