What is Anosognosia in Alzheimer’s Patients?

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Alzheimer’s comes with a variety of distressing symptoms. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, then it can be difficult to understand all these symptoms at first as you get used to their new condition. We want to help you understand what your loved one is going through and how you can help both them and yourself manage the symptoms. In this article, we’re going to look at a particularly confusing symptom of Alzheimer’s; anosognosia. What is anosognosia? Anosognosia refers to a patient’s lack of awareness that they have an illness or condition. It is not specific to Alzheimer’s patients but can also be seen across a variety of neurological and mental health conditions, including after brain injury. Anosognosia is common across various types of dementia as…
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Moving Tips for Elderly Parents

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Moving home can be an incredibly stressful experience. Unfortunately, we often need to move home when it comes to our senior years. Many people move into a retirement home or an assisted living community, while others simply need to move into a house that is more accessible and easier to manage. Some might even move in with their adult children or other family members for additional support. If your senior parents need to move house, here are some tips to help you and them through moving day as smoothly as possible. Enlist help Whether you hire professional movers or just ask friends and family members to help you out, moving home will be a lot easier with some extra pairs of hands. Since moving house might also be a difficult…
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A Guide to Shopping Online for Seniors

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A lot of us love online shopping because of the convenience it affords us. If you lead a busy lifestyle, then it can be hard to fit in regular shopping trips. But you can place orders online and have them delivered straight to your door, whether it’s groceries, clothes, tech, or pretty much anything else you can imagine. Online shopping can also be a really useful service for seniors. Some older adults may find it difficult to get out of the house due to mobility issues, which may also make it harder to carry bags of shopping. Or if they no longer have a driver’s license, then there may not be a store within walking distance from their home. We’ve got some tips to help seniors shop online and stay…
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Caring for Someone with Parkinson’s Disease

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Like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition. This means that the patient’s condition and symptoms get worse as the disease progresses. Parkinson’s disease can affect people in a number of ways, particularly affecting their movement, including: TremorsStiffnessBalance problemsPosture changesSlow movementsDecreased mobility If you’re in the position of caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease, then we’ve got some tips to help you support them. Understand the condition If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you might still be learning about what it is and what it means for them. It helps to research the condition, its symptoms, medications, and other factors. There are lots of great resources online to help you understand and come to terms with Parkinson’s Disease. Knowing the symptoms can…
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The Risk of Dehydration in Dementia Patients

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Patients who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease may find it difficult to complete everyday tasks or even remember that they’re supposed to do them. This can lead to a number of risks, such as forgetting to take vital medication. It may even mean that patients forget to drink throughout the day, putting them at risk of dehydration and the complications that can arise from that. Dehydration among seniors When we get older, the water content in our bodies becomes lower. This means that it’s even more important for seniors to regularly rehydrate. At the same time, however, our thirst signals get weaker as we age. So, if a senior is only drinking when they feel thirsty, they are likely to become dehydrated. Add onto this the memory troubles of…
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What Does A Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment Mean?

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Receiving a diagnosis of any kind can be worrying, especially if you don’t fully understand the condition and what it means for you. If you visit the doctor about memory problems, then you might be diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The name sounds scary, but you can rest assured that it is not dementia. If you’re having memory problems or have been diagnosed with MCI, then read on to find out more about this condition. What is mild cognitive impairment? Mild cognitive impairment refers to worsened cognitive skills beyond that which would be expected of your age. Our ability to think and recall things naturally worsens as we get older, but people with MCI have it a little worse than that. However, this impairment is not enough to cause…
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Tips for Buying A Cell Phone for A Senior

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Cell phones are devices that we simply can’t imagine living without these days. Even before all the smartphone technology was introduced, being able to carry around a portable phone made life much more convenient and safer in emergencies. Now with smartphones, we can use these compact devices for navigation, entertainment, photography, and so much more, on top of using them to stay in touch with friends and family. Cell phones are a great investment for your senior relatives, even if they’re currently tech-phobic. Whether you’re looking for a smartphone or a more traditional phone, here are some tips to help you choose the right phone for your loved one. What do you need a phone for? The first step in finding the right cell phone is to decide what it…
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The Benefits of Pets for Seniors

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Most people love having a furry companion by their side, to come home to and to love unconditionally. Studies have even found that owning a dog or another pet can have a number of health benefits. This is especially true for seniors. Here are some of the great things that pets can do for the mental and physical health of seniors… Provide you with company For a senior who lives alone, owning a pet can provides some much need companionship. This helps to reduce feelings of loneliness among seniors, which also has a positive effect in terms of reducing the chances of depression. Owning a pet can even increase human interaction because other people are drawn to pets. You might find yourself talking to other dog owners while you’re out…
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A Guide to Bone Health for Seniors

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A common side effect that comes with aging is the loss of bone density. This leaves us with weaker bones that are more susceptible to fracture. In severe cases of bone loss, the condition osteoporosis is developed. The bones of patients with osteoporosis are particularly weak and brittle, so falls can be very dangerous. Osteoporosis patients typically have poor posture as well, due to their bones’ reduced ability to support the body. Essential components for bone health A healthy lifestyle can slow done the rate of bone loss and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. Here are a few key areas to focus on… Calcium – Calcium is an essential mineral throughout our entire life. It is used for developing and strengthening teeth and bones. Our body gets calcium from…
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Smart Devices That Can Help with Senior Living

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Do you know a tech-phobic senior that’s insisting on retaining their independence by living alone? It’s time to break down the technological barriers and introduce them to the smart devices that can help them navigate their home more easily and maintain their independence for longer. Smart home assistant The first step is to buy a smart home hub or smart assistant, like the Amazon Echo. This can help you with a number of tasks when you call its name – Alexa. Home assistants can also connect to other smart devices so that you control everything you need from one central hub. It’s easy to use since its entirely voice-activated. On its own, here are a few handy things Alexa can help you with: Play music from the device – pause…
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