Parkinson’s Disease – Tailoring a Plan

Parkinson’s typically conjures an image of tremors and movement instability. However, Parkinson’s disease is actually an incredibly complex neurological disorder that effects individuals differently. It can causes a wide-ranging of non-motor symptoms. These include loss of smell, constipation, cognition issues, sleep disorders, depression and swallowing problems. Everyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s should have a holistic tailored … Continued

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Communication Techniques

A number of specific communication techniques are effective in reducing problematic behaviors and improving day-to-day functioning of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Reality therapy: Interact with the person with dementia within his or her own frame of reference for the world, even if it has little to do with reality. Validation therapy: … Continued

Elder Abuse Scams Are Close to Home

When one thinks of financial elder abuse you think of the strange telephone calls requesting money for an investment scheme. You think of IRS scams or even calls about a “kidnapped” grandchild. You think of those glaringly obvious situations where you wonder how anyone could be taken advantage of. It’s surprisingly to learn that most fraudulent … Continued

When It’s Not Dementia

Family members are understandably concerned when their aging parent begins experiencing memory loss or confusion. Their first thought may be that their parent has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Is it Dementia? There are several physical conditions that could be associated with the same symptoms. These include thyroid disease, nutritional deficiencies, adverse reactions to … Continued