Month: March 2014

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

March 31st, 2014

This is a wonderful 2:30 minute video that explains how Alzheimer’s disease is a “type” of Dementia.  It uses visuals and great examples to illustrate the point.  Please take a look.  I found this through the Alzheimer’s Society of …

Family discussion about aging are necessary – do not wait until a crisis to explore your values

March 31st, 2014

The Washington Post just posted an article on the “other talk” which encourages families to discuss issues of aging preventatively. I’m thrilled to see more media attention being given to this topic. The book I am working on addresses this …

Psychosocial assessments in view of a mandate homologation or protective regime

March 31st, 2014

The process of mandate homologation or the opening of a protective regime can be daunting and confusing for families. The below information is a quick summary of the most common questions that Erickson Resource Group receives when families phone for …

Have compassion for our aging parents. Aging can be scary and isolating. #supportagingfamily

March 27th, 2014

It has been three years since your father died and your mother is beginning to slow down.  Her eyesight is increasingly poor and she voluntarily stopped driving because she did not feel safe anymore.  She finds it harder to maintain

What don’t families don’t understand about aging – #Earlyconversations

March 26th, 2014

What is it that most families don’t understand?  Most families are under the impression that their aging relative does not want to discuss, think about and plan for aging as part of a family team. However, I have found that …

The Lost Caregiver – Let’s not forget the stress, heartache and invisibility of our unsung heros

March 24th, 2014

As a geriatric social worker, I meet spouses, adult children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, siblings, and friends who push their own needs aside and redefine their lives as a caregiver.  They no longer go to the movies, watch television, or go …

Elder Abuse: How to Recognize the Signs and Protect Yourself (or a Loved One)

March 21st, 2014

It is not always easy to recognize elder abuse, particularly if you are the victim. Yet elder abuse is, unfortunately, prevalent in our society. The good news is that there is increased awareness with respect to the existence of elder …

20-45% of residents in care facilities are undernourished – UK Report

March 21st, 2014

We all know that caring for those suffering with Dementia poses challenges for families and care facilities.  In this report by Alzheimer’s Disease International (2014) the nutritional needs and care provided was analyzed.  The study found that undernutrition contributes to …

Aging as a Family Team – We do not age in isolation – #Earlyconversationsaging

March 20th, 2014

Imagine that you phone your mother to confirm the family dinner at her house that night.  Typically she is at home the day of the dinner preparing the usual, home-made chicken parmesan and her delicious butter pecan cookies.  All day

Legal and Financial Fact Sheet from the National Institute of Health

March 20th, 2014

The National Institute of Health has a wealth of resources for seniors and their families.  Here is a link to a quick fact sheet which outlines the basic legal and financial documents needed to protect a person’s well-being and assets.  …

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