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Dementia

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 […]

Sweet Memories in the Making

As we grow, we pick up habits that will never truly leave our memory, even if other parts of our memory fade away. Lucille, better known as ‘Ms. Bitsy,’ loves cooking, especially homemade pecan pies. This was one of her fondest memories of growing up in the south. Ms. Bitsy is 86 years old and […]

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 […]

LISTEN: BrightStar Care Chief Clinical Quality Officer Highlights Evidence Based Dementia Care Program

Sharon Roth Maguire, the Chief Clinical Quality Officer and resident RN of BrightStar Care, recently went on the radio to discuss in-home dementia care and transitional care. Health Professional Radio’s Neal Howard reached out again because of her vast knowledge of the healthcare industry, nearly 30 years of experience. Maguire highlighted BrightStar Care’s specialty in […]

Brain Changes During Alzheimer’s

To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, we’re turning our focus to the brain itself to better understand this condition. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s leads to nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain. Over time, the brain shrinks dramatically, affecting nearly all functionality. Massive brain cell loss literally forms holes in the […]

Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, a person may function independently. He or she may still drive, work and be part of social activities. Your role as care partner is an important one – to provide support and companionship, and help plan for the future. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, caregivers don’t have to be […]

Free Ebook: Identifying Alzheimer’s

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month and there’s no shortage of information and advocacy to not only find a cure for this disease that impacts the lives of millions each year, but also to promote awareness. And there’s no greater awareness than that of helping to identify and diagnose this disease so that individuals […]

I Have Alzheimer’s, Now What?

If you been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, don’t worry, you are not alone. There are people who understand what you are going through, and help is available. There is much you can do in the early stage to cope with the changes ahead. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it’s normal to experience a range of […]

The Many Faces of Dementia

In honor of National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, let’s take a look at another debilitating cognitve affliction – dementia. Here’s a breakdown of the dangerous neurocognitive disorder, according to alz.org: Physicians often refer to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to guide them in determining if an individual has dementia and, […]

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