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Additional Senior Care Information

Dementia Overview
Source: eMedicine Health
Dementia is a decline of reasoning, memory and other mental abilities that occurs most often in elders. It affects around  percent of people aged 60 to 64 years and as many as 30 to 50 percent of people older than 85. This article provides a wide range of information on dementia, including an overview, causes, symptoms, exams and tests, treatment and self-care at home.

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly 
Retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems and other life-changing events may lead to depression. While depression can prevent a person from enjoying life, it can also affect sleep, energy, appetite and physical health. However, depression can be prevented and overcome. This article takes a closer look at depression in the elderly, the signs and symptoms, and treatment options.

Handling Caregiver Guilt In A Healthy Way
Source: LeadingAge WNY
Whether it’s the guilt over transitioning Mom or Dad out of the home to assisted living or the nursing home, or taking away the car, you know you’ve been christened a caregiver when you come down with the sudden case of the "guilts." This article covers ways to help you cope with the guilt associated with caregiving.

Making the Transition to a Nursing Home or Assisted Living
Source: LeadingAge WNY
Moving a loved one to an assisted living facility or nursing home can be one of the most difficult decisions a family member will make. Not only is this a challenging time for family, but it is very common during this stage for the individual to experience feelings of loss or grief.  This article covers ways to ease the transition of a loved one from independent living to assisted living.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Communicating with Aging Parents 
Source: ElderCare Online
Communication involves not only knowing what to say, but how to choose your words effectively. This article covers some basic “do’s and don’ts” of communicating with elderly parents, and includes a sample conversation using the techniques in the article.

How to Plan Your Elderly Parents’ Estate
This article provides resources, techniques, and suggestions of what to expect when planning for an elderly parent’s estate.

The Older Driver
Source: AAA (American Automobile Association)
This section of the website offers many helpful tips and information for the older driver and families, including direction on how to deal with the highly emotional issue of when to give up driving when it becomes unsafe.

Falls and Other Home Safety Issues
Source: National Institute on Aging
As the number of risk factors increase for older adults, the chance of falling also increases.
Falls can be caused by a medical problem but safety hazards in the person's home or community environment are also important. Falling in older adults can be extremely dangerous, resulting in serious injury, hospitalization and acute medical problems.

The Essentials of Medication Management
Source: Family Caregiver Alliance
Avoid dangerous drug-related errors by learning proper storage techniques and the importance of developing a relationship with your pharmacy and physician. It's critical for seniors, caregivers and families to know about medication management.