Language shapes ideas, perceptions, and beliefs. “People first” language emphasizes the person, not the disability.
Telling someone about the death of a friend or a loved one is never easy and is even more challenging when the person to be notified has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
Unfortunately, elder abuse and neglect are all too common problems for thousands of older American adults. Abuse can take place at home or in facilities and in different forms.
In the not-too-distant future, a frail senior who wants to age in place, at home, may well be able to do so with the help of smart home technology.
An elderly person’s refusal to bathe, brush his/her teeth, shave, change clothes, or clean the house can be frustrating and bewildering for caregivers.
A number of studies suggest that pets offer emotional and physical health benefits for people, including lowered blood pressure and heart rate, decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and increased levels of serotonin.
While caring for an aging parent or loved one can be tremendously rewarding, it can also be physically, financially, and emotionally stressful, especially during the holidays.
Caring for individuals with dementia often requires home modifications that support physical as well as cognitive limitations.