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Caregiver Grief

When loved ones die, we expect family members, especially those who were their caregivers, to go through a grieving process. Because professional caregivers are paid for what they do, we don’t always realize that they may have a similar need to process their grief when a client dies or leaves their care for some other …

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Alzheimer’s Progression: Is It Possible to Predict?

Experts estimate that specialized physicians now have the tools to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with more than 90 percent accuracy. That fact sent me in search of data on symptoms, and when and in what order they are likely to occur after diagnosis. About 15 months ago, my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and I continue …

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What’s Happening to Grandpa? Explaining Dementia to Children

Since my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia in April of 2016, one difficult thing about it has been knowing what to say to our children and grandchildren. We followed the neurologists’ instruction to immediately tell our grown children about the diagnosis, but we haven’t yet taken them up on their strong suggestion …

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How to Make Your Home More Comfortable for a Loved One with Dementia

The first consideration when moving a loved one with dementia into your home, or even if they’re just coming to visit, is often how to make it safer, for example, how to decrease the risk of falling. Once you’ve overcome that hurdle as best you can, your focus can shift to how to make your …

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How Families and Caregivers Can Prepare for Hospital Discharge

Research has shown that hospital pre-discharge planning that includes the help of families and caregivers can dramatically improve patients’ health, reduce readmissions and decrease healthcare costs. Whether the discharge is to home, a rehab facility, assisted living or a nursing home, patients, family caregivers and healthcare providers all play a significant role in maintaining a …

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Dementia, Foot Surgery & Neuropathy Not a Winning Combination

I suffered for years from painful bunions on both feet. My podiatrist told me that my bones would heal more quickly if I had surgery before age 65. However, because I was working full-time, I risked it and waited to have surgery on my left foot until I retired at 66 and on my right …

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When a Loved One Dies: What to Do Before & After, Part II

In Part I of this blog, I gave a brief review of what took place during the last 6 weeks of my dad’s life and included a list of some things that can be done to make the last stages of a loved one’s life easier for caregivers, family members and the person who is …

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When a Loved One Dies: What to Do Before & After, Part 1

My 97-year-old father died on January 4, 2017. If you regularly follow this blog, you already know quite a bit about his struggles to stay alive the past two years. On most days, he soldiered bravely on, saying his goal was to “make it to 100!” But after Thanksgiving, he began a steady decline, making …

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Why Seniors Don’t Want to Eat & What You Can Do About It

Many seniors are not eating a balanced diet as they age, no matter whether they live on their own, with family or in a senior living facility. Seniors who live alone are at increased risk because there is no one to observe their eating habits. There are many causes for seniors who are under-eating, over-eating or …

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Home Care: the preferred & most affordable long-term care option

One out of two North Dakotans will need long-term care sometime during their lives. North Dakota ranks 7th in the nation in the highest proportion of individuals age 85 and older, with 14.2% of the population made up of individuals 65 and older. If you have a spouse, the overall risk that one of you …

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