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How to Respond When Someone with Dementia Says "I Want to Go Home"

One of the most common requests made by people with dementia is, “I want to go home!” This request may be repeated over and over, and unfortunately it doesn’t help to remind them that they already are home. Typically, people with dementia ask to “go home” when they are feeling…

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Caring for Our LGBT Seniors

Over their thirty-seven years together Jim and Dale became known as a San Francisco couple you could count on: to take part in campaigns for LGBT rights, to help friends living with—or dying of—HIV, and to support their city’s many cultural and athletic institutions. “I taught Dale to love football,”…

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Seniors At Home Partners with Tech to Reduce Senior Isolation

Imagine waking up and being greeted by a friendly digital companion that tells you the weather, sends you photos from your grandkid’s Instagram account, and reminds you when to take your medications. Seniors At Home is working to make this vision a reality through a partnership with Intuition Robotics, an Israeli…

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How to Reverse Cognitive Decline in early Alzheimer’s Disease

A guest article by Dr. Rammohan Rao PhD, CAS, Research Associate Professor at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA.  An infection-fighting protein that helped our human ancestors is now a major genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in 21st century America. The protein, called…

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Assisted Living or Home Care? Choosing the Right Care Path

Deciding whether home care or assisted living is the best choice for you or your loved one requires a great deal of research and reflection. To help you get started we’ve put together five key questions to guide you. Where do I feel comfortable? Let’s start with some basic definitions.…

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Hospital Discharge Planning: 10 Things to Consider

A trip to the hospital, especially if it is unexpected, can be overwhelming for you and your family. As you and your medical team focus on your treatment while in the hospital, you may not be thinking about what happens when it’s time to go home. However, your transition out…

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Five Self-Care Tips for the Sandwich Generation

It’s so common for middle age adults to be taking on the physical, financial, and/or emotional care of both their parents and their children that it has its own term, the Sandwich Generation. According to PEW Research, 47% of adults in their 40’s and 50’s find themselves pinched between two…

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The Healing Power of Laughter: How Clowning Helps Patients with Dementia

Written by Dr. Amnon Raviv. This article originally appeared in Rhoda Goldman Plaza’s monthly publication The Olive Press. Medical clowning has been primarily identified with working with children in pediatrics wards in hospitals. But over the past decade, more and more medical clowns have been working with adults and with…

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Learn the Six Steps to Aging Gracefully at Home

Studies show that 90% of older adults say they wish to stay in their homes as they age. If you are one of them it’s time to start planning! Here are six steps you can take to set yourself up to age in place: Complete a home safety check One…

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70 Strong: New Sequoia Healthcare District Initiative Helps Seniors Stay Connected

This article was written by our friends at Peninsula Family Service and originally appeared here. Senior social isolation increases the risk of mortality; it affects the mental and physical well-being and leads to risky health behaviors. As we prepare for a growing population of older adults, Peninsula Family Service in…

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