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The Importance of Palliative Care for Parkinson’s Patients

Palliative care—which treats serious illness with a team of professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and mental health counselors—can be an effective way to help Parkinson’s patients and their families optimize their quality of life. A whole-person approach that emphasizes compassionate care, palliative care addresses the…

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Is It Dementia, or a Treatable Condition?

By Dr. Catherine Madison, Neurologist, Seniors At Home

Your loved one is starting to show signs of memory loss or confusion. They’re having trouble concentrating and seem to get frustrated easily. It’s natural to wonder: Could they be in the early stages of dementia? With society’s increasing awareness around Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the medical community has…

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Healthy Hearts: Understanding and Addressing the Health Effects of Loneliness and Isolation

Since 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson first declared February American Heart Month to bring attention to heart disease in the United States, February has been a time to educate the public about heart health, a term that brings to mind the importance of diet and exercise for a healthy…

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Is It Depression? Is It Dementia? Maybe It’s Both

As COVID-19 drags into a third year, many of us are feeling overwhelmed by worry and uncertainty. Given the challenges of the pandemic, you may not be surprised to find that your senior loved one seems particularly down or less engaged than usual in their daily lives. The forced changes…

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Tips for Assessing Changes in Your Loved Ones' Behavior

If 2020 was the year of Covid lockdowns, 2021 has been the year of reunions—albeit careful ones. Health and safety remain top of mind, but families are feeling ready to venture out and gather again. We’re meeting new babies, marveling at how much children have grown, and embracing our elders,…

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Temporary Home Care Can Ease the Road to Recovery

Lorraine had always been active, and at age 76, there were no signs of her slowing down. She walked every day, frequently chased her grandson around the park, and had no additional help at home. When one day Lorraine tripped on an area rug and broke her leg, her independence…

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Balancing Medication Management and Dementia:

Tips to Help Those Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss Older adults often take multiple medications, vitamins, and supplements, and while this can be beneficial in many ways, it also increases the risk of medication mix-ups. In rare but serious cases, these simple mistakes can become dangerous and…

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Bridging the Gap: The Value of Comprehensive Dementia Support for Families

Dawn was barely keeping her head above water a year ago. The COVID-19 lockdowns were well underway, she was juggling a considerable teaching load and research demands as a University professor, and she was caring for her mother, who has dementia. As a result, Dawn was living on overdrive, and…

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Fighting the Progression of Alzheimer’s

A Review of Aduhelm, the New FDA-Approved Drug for Alzheimer’s By Dr. Catherine Madison, Neurologist, Seniors At Home The recent FDA approval of a new Alzheimer’s drug, aducanumab (Aduhelm) is being widely discussed and we wanted to help our community better understand this new potential treatment. It is important to…

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A Guide to Senior Safety—Simple Solutions for Risks at Home

June is National Safety Month, which makes it the perfect time to take stock of your home and habits to assess for potential risk factors. We’ve outlined a few key areas to keep you and your aging loved ones physically, emotionally, and financially safe at home. Fall Prevention Falls can be…

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