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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 a Loved One 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.Although everyone can be affected by the heat, some people are at greater risk for heat‐related illness than others, including people aged 65 and older…

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The Importance of ‘Being There’ for People with Serious Illness

Two Palliative Care Volunteers Share their Stories The first time Gary Stower arrived to meet with Charlie, a critically ill client of Seniors At Home, Charlie point-blank said, “So, why are you here?” Gary, who had recently completed Seniors At Home’s in-depth Palliative Care Volunteer Training Program, was initially thrown…

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Do You Have a Disaster Plan at Home?

In the event of a disaster, your household could be without water, gas, electricity and telephone for at least 24-72 hours. For older adults in particular, who may be more vulnerable or have limited mobility, it is especially important to stock your home with emergency supplies and to have a plan…

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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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