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How to Have a Successful Video Call with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

By Andrea Korsunsky, BSW, Director of Seniors At Home’s Center for Dementia Care Finding ways to stay connected with people we care about is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of life during COVID-19. When you have a loved one who has dementia, virtual communication can be especially daunting—but it…

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Senior Safety during COVID-19

An Update from Seniors at Home, a Division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services Nothing is more important to Seniors At Home than helping older adults live safely, healthily, and independently in their own homes. During COVID-19, our services are especially vital in keeping seniors safe at home and limiting…

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Six Ways for Seniors to Stay Socially Connected At Home

Even before a statewide Shelter-in-Place was mandated, social isolation was known as America’s quietest health risk—afflicting seniors of all socio-economic groups. Under normal conditions, many suffer in silence from the physical and mental health issues related to isolation and loneliness, but the current conditions are far from normal. With Bay Area residents sheltering in…

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Dementia and Quarentine: 5 Tips on How to Cope

A Message from Andrea Korsunsky, Director of Seniors At Home’s Center for Dementia Care As we encounter disruption to our usual routine, it is important to adapt our approach as we connect with people who have dementia. When interacting with our loved ones with dementia, the goal at all times is…

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Caring for Someone Who’s Had a Heart Attack

4 Tips for a New Caregiver Many people feel shocked and frightened when their loved one has a heart attack.  It typically happens suddenly, and it can be overwhelming to discover that someone close has suffered a heart attack and that you may not know how to care for them.…

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6 Ways to Prevent Social Isolation for Those Diagnosed with Dementia

When a family member is diagnosed with dementia, some often wonder whether they should share the diagnosis with friends or other family members. Andrea Korsunsky, Director of Seniors At Home’s Center for Dementia Care, says, “Many families feel that they are breaking confidentiality or trust when disclosing information about their loved…

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6 Tips to Prevent Dehydration in Seniors

It may come as a surprise to learn that as we get older, our ability to feel the sensation of thirst lessens and our kidneys are not able to conserve water as well. This means that the risk of dehydration increases in seniors, and can commonly lead to hospitalization or…

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8 Tips to Minimize the Behaviors of “Sundowning”

For some people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, the evening hours can bring increased agitation, confusion, and restlessness. Some may even experience hallucinations or energy surges. This unusual evening behavior is commonly known as “sundowning” or “sundown syndrome” and typically occurs as the daylight fades in the late…

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Breathing Life into an Isolated Population

L’Chaim Health and Wellness Center celebrates 20 years Ida had a slight build and a sparkle in her eye. She was smart, full of life, and always looked for the bright side of a situation. At age 83­­­, Ida had Parkinson’s disease and as it progressed, her hands became very…

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8 Tips for Better Mornings with Arthritis

Arthritis pain can make mornings difficult to manage. Nighttime inactivity will typically result in pain and stiffness, but small adjustments to your routine can add up to a great deal of relief. Kendra Benisano, RN, BSN, Home Care Supervisor at Seniors At Home, encourages individuals with arthritis to be patient…

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