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Alzheimer’s Disease

Home Safety Checklist: Preventing Falls When Grandma & Grandpa Come to Visit

Everyone loves when grandma and grandpa come to visit, and keeping them safe from falls during their stay means more time enjoying their company and affection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.8 million older Americans are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year, so taking the necessary precautions around […]

4 Strategies When Individuals With Dementia Refuse Medication

By Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC Chief Clinical Quality Officer, BrightStar Care People with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia may take multiple medications. And because the risk of missing a dose or confusing pills is so high for these individuals, someone should oversee the process. But what happens when your loved one resists […]

Holidays Dementia Tips Activities

How Families with Alzheimer’s Celebrate the Holidays

For families with Alzheimer’s, celebrating the holidays can require a little extra effort. You want to involve your loved one living with dementia in holiday events, but you want to do it in a way that is appropriate for his or her needs. If you’re the main caregiver in the family, it’s also very important […]

Care Connections Across the Miles

As part of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, BrightStar Care is sharing stories that showcase real, personal stories of connections between clients, families, and caregivers. Follow along on our blog and Facebook for more stories, information about Alzheimer’s disease, and ideas to help care for a loved one with dementia. Lily* and her sister live hundreds of […]

Ideas for Helping A Loved One with Dementia Enjoy the Holiday Season

Our Resident RN Sharon Roth Maguire recently shared some wonderful gift-giving ideas for aging loved ones. In fact, one of her favorites is simply giving the gift of your presence. All of these tips would be great for anyone, but we wanted to also provide a few helpful considerations for those who have loved ones […]

Tips for Planning Around the Holidays With Dementia

The holidays are upon us, and that means great food, family and friends. Not to mention some much-needed rest and relaxation from the everyday grind. But for families living with the disease and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. All it takes is some planning and the proper expectations, and the holidays can still […]

3 Resources for Alzheimer’s Information and Memory Tips

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In fact, 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. With Brain Awareness Month right around the corner (in June) and planning for awareness and advocacy activities for The Longest Day (June 21) already underway across the […]

More Medications That Could Cause Depression

Polypharmacy, the use of multiple medications by a patient, especially in seniors, can be necessary in treating various conditions, but can also be difficult to manage. To make matters more complicated, some medications can even cause depression-like symptoms, like a decrease in happiness, mood swings, loss of appetite, lack of energy, worthlessness and other severe […]

Could Your Medications Be Making You Depressed?

As we age, our bodies are at greater risk of feeling depressed side effects from medication. It is common for seniors to take multiple medications, but if you or a loved one is dealing with depression, few consider the possibility that some meds can cause depression symptoms, such as lack of energy, listlessness, feeling rundown, […]

7 Healthy Foods to Eat to Promote Senior Nutrition

Let’s face it, snacking throughout the day can be just as important for your health as eating the proper meals. According to a Redbook magazine article, dietitian Rachel Beller said that grazing during the day has a big impact. If you get too hungry between meals, that can deplete your will power and make you […]

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