June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June 1, 2017

  I never really understood the song, June is Bustin’ Out All Over, until I moved from Southern California to Minnesota. After a long winter one looks rather desperately for signs of spring. May seems to last forever—but then June arrives, and the landscape gloriously bursts forth in color, no longer able to contain the Read more…

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To Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s, Think Before You Eat

May 30, 2017

By Judith Graham Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition. The latest version is the Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, created by scientists in Toronto. Another, the MIND diet, comes from experts at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Harvard Read more…

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Helping An Elderly Parent Settle Into A Senior Care Facility

May 22, 2017

BY MARGARET MANNING  •  SENIOR LIVING Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to make this transition smooth and comfortable for everyone. So, let’s talk about the before, during and after of helping an elderly parent to move into a senior care facility. I hope that you find the following tips useful!Helping your Read more…

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Effectively Communicating with Older Adults: Expert Advice Abounds

May 8, 2017

Many adult children have experienced this paradox: At the very time they need to communicate with their aging parent about important issues in their life, the older person begins experiencing impediments that make communication difficult. Many times, it’s a medical problem—i.e., recovery from a stroke, cognitive impairment, diminished hearing or eyesight. Other times, it can Read more…

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How To Help Alzheimer’s Patients Enjoy Life, Not Just ‘Fade Away’

May 1, 2017

By Judith Graham Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again. Yet, a sizable body of Read more…

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High Tech Tool Helps People and Families Coping With Dementia

April 24, 2017

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has launched a new program that allows early-stage dementia patients to participate in their own care planning, potentially easing the burden for both the person with dementia and their concerned family members. Known as SHARE, the program outlines a care plan for loved ones to follow as the condition progresses. Based on Read more…

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Debunking Common Assisted Living Misconceptions

April 17, 2017

Assisted living can be a feasible option for many families. It gives seniors the opportunity to live their lives as independently as possible in a safe and caring environment, which makes a positive impact on well being. But often families hesitate to explore assisted living as an option for their loved ones, based on assumptions about Read more…

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Real Food and Fat Phobia

March 27, 2017

“Bill Warner’s new bride promised to love, honor and Polyunsaturate…with a big assist from Mazola.”  So began the vintage ad for Mazola corn oil and margarine.  The ad insists that this wife is following the recommendations of “more and more medical authorities”—who were convincing everyone that fat was bad, and polyunsaturated oils were the way Read more…

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Living in Community – Part One

March 13, 2017

In 1845 Henry David Thoreau was told by a fellow writer to “Go…build yourself a hut,” and live a solitary life in the woods.  Walden; or, Life in the Woods, the chronicle of that two year period, has inspired countless others to live the introspective life—at least for a time.  Others work out their beliefs Read more…

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