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Alzheimer's is a progressive brain disease that slowly damages the memory and thinking skills.

A caregiver is someone who provides care for someone who cannot care for themselves. The caregiver may be taking care of the person in their own home or at the hospital. There are many Alzheimer's patients who live at home with their caregivers to help them take care of all their needs.

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Caring for elderly parents is a noble, yet overwhelming and stressful task, so if you are considering hiring in-home help, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone. More and more families are turning to in-home caregivers for a number of reasons. Choosing an in-home caregiver is an important decision and finding the right caregiver can be a process, but it’s a process that will be well worth the effort.

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Feeling blue every now and then is completely natural; however, it is not normal to feel “sad” for extended periods of time. Each year, there are more than 19 million Americans affected by depression, and 2 million of those affected are aged 65 and older.

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You may have the urge to reprimand your loved one for forgetting things. That is a natural reaction, but it will not help. Instead, try to find ways to encourage them to go on and enjoy their day.

My Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1995 when he was 64 years old. He was a successful businessman who owned a chain of grocery stores and had no time or patience for his children or their accomplishments. He worked seven days a week and expected everyone else to do the same.

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Even as adults, children look at their parents as strongest, most caring and independent people they know. Unfortunately, there will come a time when your parent’s age impacts their health and the parent/child roles become reversed. If you are caring for your elderly parents or are in the beginning stages of caring for your parent’s, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone, there are more than 40 million caregivers in the U.S. and 90 percent of them are caring for an aging loved one.

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Elder abuse is a problem that shouldn't be dismissed, particularly when you are letting a stranger to come into the home and care for an elderly family member. Statistics show that the older and more cognitively impaired a grownup is, the more likely they're to be a victim of mistreatment.

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Once you have hired a caregiver, you will be confronted with a brand new challenge: determining if the person you have entrusted your loved one's well being to is doing a fantastic job.

It can be a tricky task, one that is made harder by the complex mix of emotions which accompany hiring outside help. You might start to feel as though you are always on the edge of another possible crisis.

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When most people hear the term hospice care, they think that accepting the care means that they are giving up on their loved one. It is common for people to think that hospice care is only a service provided for those who will pass away within a few days or a few weeks.

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Earlier in our blog's we covered Helping a Senior Adjust to a New Caregiver.  Now, we continue by helping your senior  trust their caregiver by having a conversation.

Once introductions have been made, you (and your cherished one, should they're cognitively capable of understanding) will take a seat with the professional caregiver and the care manager to review the care plan.

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A stroke happens when the brain’s blood supply is reduced or interrupted, preventing the brain tissue from receiving essential oxygen and nutrients. When a stroke occurs, the brain cells will begin to die in a matter of minutes, so it is a medical emergency and prompt treatment is critical. The quicker treatment is sought, the better the chances are of reducing brain damage and other complications.

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