Is a Respite Stay in Assisted Living Right for You?

Respite stays within Assisted Living are often utilized for a myriad of reasons. Respite stays are designed to be a short term arrangement, usually less than 90 days, and can be as short as 7 days. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs authorizes and governs Assisted Living Residences as a way to provide a combination of residential housing and individualized personal care services to elders. Assisted Living has become an essential option in the continuum

Just One! A HOPE for the Future

A common goal for anyone reading this article is the eventual eradication of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The numbers are staggering! There are over 5 million Americans with AD dementia and this number is expected to be over 16 million by 2050. One in eight persons age 65 and older, and 1 in 3 persons age 85 or more, currently has AD dementia. In short, we are in the midst of an AD crisis that is

Healthy Living Workshops: Empowerment through Education

Do you want to feel better, meet new people, and be empowered to change old health habits? Are you living with a persistent health condition that prevents you from doing activities you enjoy? Have you learned helpful techniques as a family caregiver, which you would like to share with others? Then consider joining a Healthy Living workshop! Healthy Living workshops are designed to help you manage a chronic health issue like diabetes, heart disease or

Come 2B Dementia Friendly

The Councils on Aging in Marlborough, Hudson and Northborough have received a grant (from whom) to implement a project called building a Dementia Friendly Community. The purpose is to educate the public on best practices for interacting with people, at various stages of dementia, who are living in the community. The program is called Come 2B Dementia Friendly. Health Technology students and Practical Nursing students at the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School are working

Diagnosed with Dementia: Next Steps

Dementia is a serious diagnosis. It is a chronic, progressive illness that affects every aspect of a person’s life. It is important to get a second opinion. A thorough evaluation is essential to eliminate other possible causes of confusion, word-finding difficulties, personality changes, getting lost, inability to complete every day responsibilities, or other signs of dementia. The neurologist is the medical expert in brain diseases. They will identify any reversible causes of the changes; or

Managing Your Memory

Two VA doctors have written a new book, Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It, as a resource for individuals who are concerned about their memory or would simply like to know what they can do to improve their memory and keep it strong. Dr. Andrew Budson is Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the VA Boston Healthcare