An Accidental Discovery That’s Turned Into a Promising Parkinson’s Treament

August 19, 2020

Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine who believed they were examining connective tissue cell protein received quite a surprise when they instead came across a treatment to eradicate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in mice. Not only that, but the therapy could potentially be helpful in a number of conditions that call for the need to replace damaged tissue: diabetes, spinal cord injuries, possibly even heart disease. [Read More...]

How COVID-19 Impacts COPD Care – And Resources to Help

July 21, 2020

Those diagnosed with COPD have needed to remain especially vigilant since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as they are likely at both a much higher risk for contracting the virus as well as for developing more serious complications because of this. A current study published by the European Respiratory Journal reported that people with COPD were more likely to be admitted to the ICU, require ventilator care, and succumb to the virus compared to those without the disease. [Read More...]

Aging Parents Who Expect Too Much: Try These Tips

July 7, 2020

In an ideal world, we could perfectly compartmentalize our caregiving duties, staying with a routine that met the needs of our aging parents, while enabling the time needed to take care of our wide variety of other responsibilities. But needless to say, life doesn’t adhere to our desired script, and contradicting needs are common when caring for senior loved ones. [Read More...]

Help for This Common Dementia-Related Behavior: Rummaging

June 24, 2020

Searching through cardboard boxes, cabinets, and closets, pulling out assorted items from drawers, and searching repetitively through many different items could be frustrating for anyone providing care for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s, but in reality, these dementia-related behaviors are fulfilling an objective. [Read More...]

3 Key Ways to Reduce Caregiving Stress

June 11, 2020

Stress is unavoidable, and in fact, not always a bad thing. After all, as the saying goes, “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” Yet particularly for family caregivers, the amount of stress can rapidly increase and become frustrating, and if not handled well, result in significant health problems. [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...]