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Understanding Sundown Syndrome

By Dr. Catherine Madison, Neurologist at Seniors At Home’s Center for Dementia Care “Sundowning”, or sundown syndrome, is a common condition that affects up to 80% of people with dementia at some point in the course of their illness. Patients with dementia who sundown become confused and agitated in the…

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When and How to Ask an Older Adult to Stop Driving

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 accidents per mile of driving increases steadily for drivers 65 and older.…

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A Little Help Can Make Aging in Place a Lot Easier

Living independently for as long as possible is a common goal among older adults. A 2022 University of Michigan poll showed that 88% of adults aged 50 to 80 put a high priority on continuing to live in their own homes. While home care is appropriate for seniors who need…

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Digital Safety for Seniors: Tips for Navigating Online Risks

What is digital safety? “The internet is a great place to learn, shop, play, and talk with friends. However, there are also predators, identity thieves, and others who may try to take advantage of you. To stay safe online, it’s important to be aware of the dangers.” Joan Goldner, Associate…

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Keeping Cozy: Helping Your Older Loved One Stay Warm, Dry, and Connected This Fall

Fall is here! The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps, and the days are growing shorter. California’s autumns may not be as dramatic as those in the Midwest or East Coast, but our change of seasons is lovely in its own right. The same early sunsets and…

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Answers to Your Questions About Palliative Care

Palliative care—which seeks to improve quality of life for people facing serious or terminal illness—often evokes many questions. For example: Is palliative care the same as hospice? (It’s not, although that’s a common misconception.) Below, we address the top myths and questions to help you understand how palliative care could…

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Why Socialization is Essential for People Living with Dementia

For people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, socialization can be a challenge. Some experience increased anxiety, making them uncomfortable about interacting with others. Many feel self-conscious about their memory loss, or struggle with language—which makes social gatherings intimidating. Scheduling social activities can also be difficult for…

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Senior Safety During the Risks of Summer

In the Bay Area, summer can bring scorching heat or heavy blankets of fog—sometimes both in a single weekend. When we think about preparing for summer, we often focus on preventing heat-related concerns like dehydration or heat illness. But we also need to consider other summertime challenges like wildfires and…

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What Is Sleep Hygiene?

Supporting Healthy Sleep Habits for People with Dementia What is sleep hygiene? Sleep hygiene is a term used to describe habits and practices that can lead to healthy sleep patterns—something that people with dementia often struggle with, as the changes in the brain that cause dementia can also affect a…

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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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