Dementia

Preparing for the Summer Blues: What to Do Now That Summer Is Over

Senior outside in summer with loved one

We’ve all heard of the winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is something that affects approximately 5 percent of the population. It’s most often associated with wintertime (hence the “winter” blues tag). But did you know that SAD doesn’t only happen in winter – there are those who experience “summer blues,” too?

When Siblings Disagree: Caregiving for an Aging Parent

Siblings surrounding aging parent

There are families where, when a mother or father’s health starts to fail, the sibling band together as a united front to plan for and provide the best possible care for their parents. That’s the ideal. For many other families, though, that rosy sense of camaraderie disappears very quickly when caregiving decisions are thrown into the equation.

Options for Aging Your Way

Seven Everyday Outing Ideas for You and Your Aging Loved One

Senior sitting outside in the sunshine

Are you a homebody or do you like going out and doing things? Generally, most of us are a mix of the two extremes, but we tend to spend more and more time at home as we age. In fact, many older adults simply don’t go out much at all due to limited mobility, anxiousness or simple comfort.

Summer Vacation: Traveling with a Loved One with Dementia

Senior traveling with caregiver

Traveling during the summer months is a time-honored tradition that many of us look forward to every year. If you’re a caregiver to a loved one with dementia, you may be wondering if summer travel is even in the cards anymore. The answer is a resounding yes, according to Sue Sunderland, Executive Director of The Bridges at Warwick.

How to Keep Seniors Safe in the Sun

Senior spending time in the garden

Summer is finally here! For people of all ages, that means fun in the sun as festivals, parades, fairs and other outdoor events take advantage of the sultry weather and long days. While this means enjoyable summer days and nights, it also can mean sunburn and other sun-related problems if proper precautions aren’t taken. This is especially important for seniors, who are more susceptible than most to skin cancer, heatstroke and dehydration. 

Parenting the Parent: When Adult Children Care for Their Aging Parent

Senior with his adult child son

The first time you notice that something’s a little off with your parent can come as a shock. Maybe Mom suddenly becomes rude when you ask her if she needs help doing something. Or Dad refuses to discuss finances with you when you ask a polite, passing question. You may even brush it off, chalking it up to old age. But then, if that off-ness progresses to big red flags, like not remembering that they spoke to you yesterday, or they forget the directions to the store they visit every week, it starts to become more of a worry. 

Balancing Caregiving Responsibilities When You're in the Sandwich Generation

Generations of family as caregivers

Being an adult is hard work. You’re juggling a ton of responsibilities: a full-time job, managing your home, raising your kids, spending quality time with your spouse ... that’s hectic enough, but if you’re a middle-aged adult who is also taking care of your senior parents, that hecticness gets cranked up to 11. If this is your reality, rest assured that you’re not alone: you’re simply part of the Sandwich Generation.

Recognizing Malnutrition in Your Aging Parent: March is National Nutrition Month®!

Eat your vegetables. No dessert until you’ve cleaned your plate. If you want a snack, you can have a piece of fruit. Any of these phrases sound familiar? When we’re kids, we hear a lot of these phrases as we’re learning good eating habits. As we age, these habits become second nature (and often even enjoyable, as we discover how good we feel when we eat a healthy diet). What we might not expect, though, is that this healthy-eating focus can slip away as we age – and can have serious consequences. 

The Prevalence of Dementia Diagnoses in Seniors

Senior and Adult Child Laughing and Talking Together

We are entering an unprecedented time in American history. The Baby Boomers are aging and, thanks to the advances made in science and medicine, are expected to live longer than the generations before them. While education and preventative care mean that the aging population has a better chance of living healthier, fuller and more productive lives, it also means that we can expect to see an increase in the number of individuals developing dementia.

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