National Senior Independence Month

Independence is what we crave from the first time we go someplace without our parents to getting our drivers license. It is one way we mark milestones in our lives. As we age, the milestones are less exciting and can signal a decline of independence. Below are some ways to maintain independence as we or … Continued

What Is Dementia? Types, Symptoms, and Management

Dementia is defined by the National Institute of Health as: the loss of cognitive functioning (thinking, remembering, reasoning and behavioral abilities) to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. These functions can include: memory, language skills, visual perception, problem solving, self-management, the ability to focus or pay attention, and … Continued

Helping Seniors Embrace Technology

Technology, is something we use in our daily life, but when it comes to the aging population the stereotype remains that they avoid technology or are uncomfortable using it. But that stereotype is being challenged. According to the AARP 91 percent of those that are over 50 report using a computer and 94 percent use … Continued

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