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Alzheimer's is feared by us. We fear becoming the stereotype dementia patient: slumped in a wheelchair, staring out of the window, our own heads as blank as our gaze. From this fear, a strong and pervasive stigma is born. A stigma fueled by an absence of legitimate understanding of the realities of the disease. A stigma with a crippling ripple effect that contributes to the isolation of people with Alzheimer's disease and their families. Even longtime buddies can vanish when somebody is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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Seniors today are more independent, active and in better health than ever before. However, as the senior population grows, unfortunately, so does the epidemic of abuse and neglect. The elderly population is the most affluent, the fastest growing and the most vulnerable to abuse. In San Diego alone, there are more than 305,000 seniors aged 65 and older and statistics show that approximately one out of every twenty seniors will be a victim of abuse in their lifetime. Unfortunately, these statistics may be seriously low, because only 19% of elder abuse incidents are reported.

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When it comes to being an Alzheimer’s caregiver, foresight is essentially non-existent. There are many things that seem obvious after you’ve gone through them with a loved one who has the disease, but that you’d never have considered, prior to experiencing them.

Even the world’s leading experts in Alzheimer’s don’t know everything there is to know about the disease. In fact, very little is certain when it comes to the ailment’s causes and underlying pathology.

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What’s the Difference?

As our loved one ages, one of the questions that may come up for your family is how to tell the difference between the cognitive changes associated with “normal aging” and those that could signal serious underlying health conditions.

At this time, there’s no definitive way to distinguish between benign memory slips, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Consider this as a general rule of thumb: occasionally misplacing the car keys is normal, while forgetting what to do with them is not.

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May is the month for celebrating two of the most undervalued providers of in-home care-moms and nurses. They spend time walking, standing, lifting and bending for long periods of time each and every day. They are continually in contact with hazardous as well as not so pleasant substances, yet both moms and nurses magically manage these unpleasant encounters with a smile in their heart and a look of “it’s going to be okay” on their faces.

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Many people, especially seniors, tend to slow down and stay indoors more during the winter, so when spring finally makes its appearance, it may be difficult to get out of some of those winter habits. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and start a more active lifestyle. Although the key to maintaining good health is to stay active all year round, the cold, snow and ice can make it difficult for the elderly to get out.

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February is known for celebrating Valentine’s Day; the day when we observe the loved one’s in our life, but February is also American Heart Month. Unfortunately, heart disease claims approximately 2300 lives every day; according the American Heart Association that’s about 1 in every 3 deaths in the US. The good news is…with just a few simple lifestyle changes, heart disease is preventable. Here are a few tips to help you get started on the journey to a happy, healthy heart. Read More

There often comes a time when senior loved ones need home services, whether It be home care and/or home health, it is important to understand the difference between the two services. It is common for people to confuse in-home care and home health care as being the same thing. Although both types of services are provided in a home setting, there is a distinct difference between the two services.

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Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to behavior, thinking and memory problems. It is the most common form of dementia and it is also the sixth leading cause of death in US. Alzheimer’s is a sad, debilitating disease for both the person suffering with the disease as well as their loved ones. The month of November is recognized as Alzheimer’s Awareness month, so to help you be aware of the disease, here are common symptoms of this disease as well as tips for caregivers.  

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After being self-sufficient and independent for the majority of their lives, it’s often difficult for aging parents to admit they may need help. It is extremely important to have open communication with your parents and let them know why you are concerned and/or worried. Unfortunately, it is common for aging seniors to downplay certain difficulties and/or accidents out of fear of losing their independence or becoming a burden on their family.

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