Newsletter January 2009

Elder Care Advice From The Managing Director

With few exceptions, we all have aspects of our lives that could use some tweaking. However the thought of New Year resolutions can become a source of anxiety. We all need to address health and wellness issues, caregiver and care recipient alike.

For seniors, The American Geriatrics Society Foundation has listed 10 tips, which serves as a reminder. Addressing our health needs is an ongoing activity but a gentle reminder can be helpful.

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For caregivers, this act of caring, encompasses many activities, which may include providing personal care, paying bills or doing chores. Most of us are juggling too many things and are at risk of burning out. One of the main causes of caregiver burnout is the push to meet unrealistic expectations and demands that caregivers place upon themselves. Such expectations are often forced due to the lack of physical and financial resources, which are often times not easily correctable. Other times, they may be due to the simple reason that the caregiver feels sole responsibility for the wellbeing of their loved one, has difficulty saying “no”, has difficulty asking for or accepting help or feels as though you are the only person capable of providing care.

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Dementia and How It Is Diagnosed
Many of us may from time to time, forget our neighbour’s name or the items to purchase at the grocery store, and we wonder if this is part of normal aging. Your doctor is the best person to speak with regarding these concerns. There are many conditions that are treatable that may be contributing to periodic memory lapses.

Often when we think of dementia we think of Alzheimer’s disease. While Alzheimer’s disease is considered to be the underlying cause of between 60 and 80% of all dementia cases, there are also other conditions that might cause dementia. It is important to know about the other types and causes of dementia because treatment can vary between diseases and early detection can be beneficial in slowing the progression of incurable dementias.

This article will describe some of the most common types of dementia and their causes.

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