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Older Adults and Dehydration Risks

Posted on September 1, 2015 by Michele Macmartin

For older adults, staying hydrated can be a challenge. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, one in three older adults may not drink enough fluids each day due to physical and physiological changes common to aging,  such as: diminished thirst sensation, side effects of medications and incontinence. The inability to walk, reach for a glass or feed oneself can further complicate the issue. A decline in cognitive function (confusion, poor memory, etc.) can also impact fluid intake. (more…)

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Back to School Tips for “Sandwich Generation Caregivers”

Back to School Tips for “Sandwich Generation Caregivers”

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Julie Smead

Sending a child to college is bittersweet; pride swells alongside the pain of letting go. There’s so much to decide, plan, purchase and pack. Helping a son or daughter select the right school and prepare for the move is a milestone not to be missed.

But what about Mom? While parents ready their college-bound child, who makes sure an aging family member eats right and takes their medications? (more…)

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Questions to Ask Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Senior Communities

Questions to Ask Assisted Living Communities About Alzheimer’s and Memory Care, Part 3

Posted on March 3, 2015 by Peter Berkowitz

Part 3: Staff Training & Education

If you’re considering care for a family member who is living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, one of the most important factors to consider is the training and education provided to their caregivers. (more…)

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Holiday Stress Tips: ‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly?

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly?

Posted on December 1, 2014 by Tamberly Mott

It’s that time of year! And if you are the type of person to make to-do lists, chances are you’ve already begun a few for upcoming celebrations. A typical holiday to-do list might include buying decorations, making a gift budget and sending out cards and invitations.


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WWMD: What Would Mama Do?

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Jamie Floyd

As a social worker in a previous career, I counseled families through the decisions involved with caring for aging parents. The best outcomes usually happened when the children of an aging parent used a philosophical approach called “substituted judgment.”


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Sparking Your Sense of Playfulness

Sparking Your Sense of Playfulness

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Tamberly Mott

I’d like to tickle your curiosity about playfulness, but first I’d like to share a true story about a caregiver.  [The names and identifying references have been changed to protect confidentiality.]

One day I received a phone call from a woman inquiring about therapy services. (more…)

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