Social Filters Can Come and Go When Living With Dementia

When working properly, our brains have a social filter. This is a thinking skill that most people have developed over time and can control without even realizing it. We all have unkind thoughts from time to time, but we do not always say out loud what we are thinking. Our social filter helps us use words and actions that show kindness and consideration to others. An example of this is when we get a handmade

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Facts & Figures Report Reveals Increases in Alzheimer’s Prevalence and Costs of Care

With each passing year, new data continues to prove that Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic. Significant increases in costs and incidence, including care costs for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s surpassing a quarter of a trillion dollars have been reported in the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. However, this year’s report goes beyond the statistics with a special report on the financial and personal benefits of early diagnosis,

What Caregivers Want You to Know

Being a family caregiver is not an easy task. There are numerous physical, emotional, spiritual and financial challenges in caring for an older family member.  Family caregivers will spend on average 4 to 5 years of their life caring for their loved one. It’s a long, hard, tough job caring for a family member.  Many family caregivers report their health has gotten worse since they became a caregiver.  Elderly caregivers have a 63% higher mortality

Helping Individuals With Parkinson’s Disease

The challenges faced by individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD), even within their own homes, can be many and varied. PD is a disease that develops and worsens slowly over time. Symptoms range widely from motor symptoms (like tremors, coordination, balance, walking deficits, lack of facial expression, decreased vocal volume and inflection) to non-motor symptoms (like depression, anxiety, constipation, lethargy). Symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, depending on how long they have had the

I Didn’t Know, But I Was Ready!

“This is how my journey of home care started”… It was June 23, 2005, on my 39th birthday and we were in the office of A.A.C Adoption & Family Network in Berthoud, Colorado with my two boys ages 6 and 7 and my husband. We were looking into adopting a girl when I got a call from my sister: “Mom has had a massive stroke and she is in the intensive care unit”. She had

In-Home Care – Getting Your Parents on Board

If you are reading this article, you probably have already come to the realization that your parents are in need of home care. Most likely, your parents want to remain in their own home and retain as much independence as possible. Helping your parents overcome their perception that accepting in-home care means a loss of that independence is a huge key to getting them on board. The best way to do this is to help