Seniors have more housing options than ever, from the booming tiny house market to roommates and retirement communities. Senior living communities, however, remain a popular choice. Family members who provide hospice care to a loved one at home can experience emotions and encounters that range from immensely satisfying to intensely scary. When a hospice patient takes a turn for the worse at home—struggles to breathe, experiences sudden pain, loses consciousness, becomes agitated, or battles chronic
You should ask your doctor today; is my hearing OK? Recent medical research and studies are showing that untreated hearing loss is linked to numerous other serious medical conditions. The link getting the most attention is the relationship of untreated hearing loss and early onsets of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Johns Hopkins study found older adults with hearing deficits were significantly more likely than those with normal hearing to develop problems with memory and thinking.
Building dementia friendly communities in Illinois holds signiﬁcant importance to the families and persons living with dementia. It is estimated that 220,000 people in Illinois have dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease and by 2025 the number will increase by 18% to 260,000 people. Too often, people living with dementia and their caregivers feel alone, isolated and unable to participate or engage in activities they have always loved. Dementia friendly communities have committed to working with
The heart is a marvel. The most vital of the vital organs, we will live no more than a few seconds without its ceaseless, rhythmic activity. So silent is its faithful work, taking it for granted is inevitable. Until something goes wrong, we may not give our hearts a thought. The human heart is a muscle, unique in its type. It begins its work long before birth and continues for all of life. Acting as
A patient is seen by her physician every month; she complains of weight loss and confusion. She is given referrals to specialists and told to follow up. Month after month; the same story. The referrals sit in her purse because she can’t ﬁgure out how to navigate the phone tree at the specialists’ ofﬁces. The weight loss and confusion continue, month after month. She’s lost over 50 pounds in 5 months and she now cannot
What is Anxiety? It is a condition of agitation and distress and a subjective state of apprehension and uneasiness. It is a response to a vague, distant or unrecognized danger (internal) Anxiety affects one’s whole being: physiological, behavioral and psychological. Bodily reactions may include rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, queasiness, dry mouth and/or sweating. Anxiety can sabotage one’s ability to act and interfere with one’s ability to deal with everyday situations. Anxiety is an inevitable part