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Living a Full Life with Parkinson’s with Comprehensive Care

Susan had just celebrated her 61st birthday with her husband, Bob, daughter and close friends when she got the call that would change their lives forever. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system and progresses over time. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Susan…

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Is it Time to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager?

Managing the care of an aging loved one can often feel like a full time job, especially if family members live far away, or an illness or complex health condition is in the mix. The support of a geriatric care manager can be extremely helpful in taking the stress off…

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“Where’s My Mother?” Answering Difficult Questions from Someone who Has Dementia

Often, individuals with dementia ask about and search for relatives who are deceased. These difficult questions evoke strong emotions for the rest of us: we may become anxious about how to respond, saddened when reminded of the person, or perhaps confused about how the person with dementia could forget their…

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Three Mindfulness Exercises to Reduce Caregiver Stress

Caring for an aging loved one will inevitably come with challenges along the way. If you sometimes feel like you are managing one crisis after another, it might be hard to take the time to celebrate and acknowledge the little things that go well and check in with how YOU…

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A Caregiver-Client Match “Made in Heaven”

After undergoing major surgery last spring, Peter was determined to handle his recovery all on his own. Living alone at 68, he had never needed help from a caregiver and he declined the suggestion. He had supportive friends and family nearby, and felt that after leaving the hospital he could…

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Dementia and Repetition: What to Do When Someone with Dementia Keeps Repeating Themselves

It is common for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia to repeat questions and stories throughout the day, but it can pose a challenge for those who are caring for them. Below are some tips to help you support a loved one with memory loss who says the same thing over…

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New Physical Therapy Services Keep Seniors Moving and Independent

The first time Dora fell it felt like a fluke. She suddenly lost her balance and found herself on the floor. At the time the 75 year old was quite active and enjoyed living alone, caring for the home she loved, and taking daily walks around her neighborhood. Though she…

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Caregivers Step into the Shoes of Someone with Dementia at a Recent Staff Training

What is it like to navigate the world as an older adult with dementia? How much more difficult are tasks like walking or taking your medication when you’re faced with changes in your sensory capabilities such as decreased vision, hearing loss, or arthritis pain? At Seniors At Home, we believe…

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How to Ask an Older Adult to Stop Driving

Is it time for them to give up the car keys?  Driving is one of our greatest expressions of independence. But for many older adults, there comes a time when age-related conditions make it impossible to drive safely. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the rate of fatal…

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How to Avoid Heat Illness during a Heat Wave

With increased temperatures predicted in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area this week, an excessive heat warning has been triggered for the area. During the heat wave, it is extra important for older adults to stay cool and avoid heat illness.Although everyone can be affected by the…

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