Diagnosing Parkinson’s Through Smell

May 21, 2020

You may not recognize her by name, but you’ve probably heard her story. Joy Milne has a remarkably unique talent: uncovering Parkinson’s disease through her nose. Her talent came to light when she sensed what she describes as an “overpowering sort of nasty yeast smell” in her husband of ten years. [Read More...]

Top Family Caregivers’ and Senior Resources for COVID-19

May 7, 2020

Identifying where to turn for the latest, most reliable information about COVID-19, particularly as it relates to the elderly and those who provide care assistance for them, is crucial – and complicated. With so many resources and differing viewpoints on this extraordinary topic, we want to help make it simpler to find what you need by sharing the following list of trusted senior resources. COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults: The CDC’s COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults web page includes a wealth of important information, including assistance with calculating who is at higher risk, signs and symptoms, tips on how to take care of yourself, a checklist for the household, stress and anxiety coping strategies, and so much more. [Read More...]

The Emotional Issue of Money and Long Term Care Management

April 22, 2020

Family financial matters tend to be a forbidden topic, as well as the root of a variety of arguments, enhanced emotions, and misunderstandings. And for a lot of today’s older adults, who maintain a “Depression mentality” from years of saving for a rainy day and learning to “waste not, want not,” it may be difficult for them to grant access to personal finances to adult children, and to recognize the need to spend some of those personal finances on long-term care management. [Read More...]

5 Tough (But Normal) Caregiver Emotions – and How to Manage Them

March 11, 2020

If you are feeling a bit discouraged in your role as caregiver, take heart; you’re in good company. Providing homecare for aging parents is probably one of the most complex roles we can hold: extremely worthwhile on the one hand, while at the same time discouraging and ever-evolving, regularly leading to feelings of uncertainty about whether we’re up to the challenge and providing the best possible care. [Read More...]

Dealing with Dementia Agitation? Try These Strategies to Restore Calm

February 19, 2020

Agitation is one of the more challenging hurdles to overcome when dealing with dementia, and can be exceedingly frustrating for family members to manage. One of the keys is in taking steps to handle agitation before it is felt and conveyed by the older adult, which involves keeping tabs on what has triggered these feelings in the past, and creating a home environment in which those stimulants are eliminated or minimized. [Read More...]