Reader's Question about Loved One in a Group Home...

Reader's Question about Loved One in a Group Home...

Recently, I received this question from a reader:

"Your question for Regina: My wife, Karen, appears to be in late moderate stage. She is also in a group home. She asks everytime why she cannot go home. I tell her things like soon, we have to get permission from the Doctor or something off the topic. She gets angry and tell me to stop doing that to her. I don't seem to be able to find the right words to re-direct her. " Read More....

The Importance of Having Those Moments to Remember

The Importance of Having Those Moments to Remember

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, you know that because your loved one is challenged by his/her dementia, it does not mean that the two of you cannot have meaningful moments.  However, remember to keepthings simple and reduce a lot of noise and confusion for them when you want to share a moment. 

Positive Effects of Music for those with Dementia

Positive Effects of Music for those with Dementia

Recently, I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dr. David Coon, a researcher at ASU, who has just finished a study of the impact of live music on residents of a memory care facility in Arizona. The study also gathered information on the changes this music made on the musicians playing the music and the professional caregivers who were on the staff.  As you might imagine, the effect of the music was significant on all 3 groups. Read More...

How Do I Know If My Loved One Has Parkinson’s?

How Do I Know If My Loved One Has Parkinson’s?

First, only a medical doctor or a neurologist can accurately diagnose what is going on with your loved one. Also, your primary care doctor may in fact refer you to a neurologist if you or your doctor thinks that it is appropriate.

Friends mean well, but it is only a professional who is trained in neurological disorders who can tell you more definitively. However, here is some information from the Northwest Parkinson’s Association which addresses this issue and describes other diseases which may have similar symptoms. Read More...

Use It or Lose It, Keeping Your Mind & Body Active

Use It or Lose It, Keeping Your Mind & Body Active

There is an old expression which says "use it or lose it!"  That has proven to be quite true.  So, yes, it is good to keep your mind and your body active. 

One of the medical journals/newsletters which I read and refer to a lot is from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  It is called "Mind, Mood & Memory."  It is a monthly publication which addresses many of the issues involving our minds, our moods and our memories.  In one of these newsletters, they wrote about an acronym (making a word out of the first letters in a series of words) called "GULP"....

Respite Care...

Respite Care...

Caregivers often need to be reminded that part of taking care of someone else is taking care of themselves. Recognizing and acting on that need for relief and respite is probably the greatest gift you can give your loved one. It is the gift that will allow you to continue caring.

Paper preparedness...information you need to have ready!

Paper preparedness...information you need to have ready!

If something should happen to you or your loved one, that can be a time of stress and you would not want to have to worry about finding appropriate paperwork.  With that in mind, here is a list which might start you getting those items in order.  About Seniors also provides Free preparation and familiarization with options for a dependent loved one, should a caregiver or spouse be faced with their own medical or personal emergencies.