From the monthly archives:

April 2011

Alzheimer’s Epidemic to Air on CNN

by Lois Etienne on April 29, 2011

in Alzheimer's and Dementia

Tweet The FACTS: • Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older. • Each day on average, 1,252 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. • There are almost 15 million unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers in the United States, usually family members. • Alzheimer’s caregivers provide 17 billion hours of unpaid [...]

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Tweet Seniors sometimes are reluctant to tell their children or caregivers if they are having health-related problems, many of which can be caused by medications. The non-profit National Council on Patient Information and Education developed the Medication Use Safety Training (Must) for Seniors™ program to promote safe and appropriate medicine use by enabling older adults [...]

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Safe or Sorry

by Lois Etienne on April 25, 2011

in Caregiver Support,Legal

Tweet With all of the “incidents” that make it to the headlines these days, why do seniors and their families still start their search for the cheapest caregiver? I sometimes get on my soapbox about the fact that families should only hire licensed agencies to provide care for their mom or dad.  Hiring someone off [...]

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Easter Encounter

by Lois Etienne on April 22, 2011

in Holiday

Tweet With Easter and spring comes a sense of renewal. Use this time to rejuvenate yourself and any seniors in your life. Here are some suggestions: Indulge in fresh fruits and veggies of the season. Read this list of spring produce from the Food Network website and see which foods tickle your taste buds:  artichokes, [...]

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Tweet We’ve all had foot problems at some point in our lives, even if it’s just stubbing your toe! But are you aware that some people cannot even feel their feet enough to know whether they have a cut on it? That is one of the complications from diabetes. Because many serious complications from diabetes [...]

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Everyone has a story!

by Lois Etienne on April 18, 2011

in History

Tweet Working with seniors, I believe that more and more every day. We’ve taken care of clients who have entertained royalty, invented things that have allowed long term flights, helped conquer the Alaskan wilderness, escaped oppressive European governments and then there are those who just put one foot in front of the other, raising children, [...]

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Signs of Frailty

by Lois Etienne on April 15, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Scientists have found that frailty is the result of a systems failure in older adults, rather than a specific problem, disease or even chronological age. So how do family caregivers know what to look for?  Following, from Stephanie Studenski, M.D., M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh geriatrician and researcher, and Home Instead Senior Care, are the signs that a senior [...]

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Fear of Frailty

by Lois Etienne on April 13, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet As I get older, it gets easier after a day at work to sit in front of the television or the computer rather than do a load of laundry or sweep the kitchen floor. However, lack of activity can lead to a downward spiral of poor health resulting in frailty, a condition that threatens [...]

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Senior Fear Factors . . . . .

by Lois Etienne on April 11, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet As we age, our fears change. When we’re young we worry that our babies are born with ten fingers and ten toes. Then we fear that our 16 year old has ended up in the ditch because they are late for curfew. Many of the fears that seniors experience relate to the biggest challenge [...]

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Tweet In February, both The Wall Street Journal and ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer turned to the Home Instead Senior Care system as the expert on family caregiving issues. The Wall Street Journal story focused on the challenges that seniors and their children face in deciding care. Entitled “’The Talk’ With Mom and Dad,” [...]

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