When we found out that my mom was experiencing signs of dementia, we didn't take the news lightly. We were concerned about her well-being, and I knew that she couldn't keep living on her own. To keep her safe, I decided to enroll her in a nursing home that specialized in mental health care. She was concerned about the change at first, but as soon as she moved in, she only had positive things to say about her new digs. She loved the ability to get in touch with doctors the same day, and she was even able to make a few friends along the way. This blog is all about keeping your parents safe, happy and healthy.
12 April 2016
Strokes are not exactly uncommon among adults. In fact, approximately 800,000 Americans have a stroke every year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. A stroke can lead to severe side effects, including vision loss, paralysis, memory loss and speech problems. The idea of suffering a stroke is scary, so it is important to determine if you are at risk or not. Here are some of the most common risk factors for strokes:
31 March 2016
Forgetfulness is something that everyone experiences on an occasional basis, but watching an elderly parent struggle with this behavior can be worrisome for their children, especially if they have assumed the role of caretaker. While research has helped to provide additional information about dementia, Alzheimer's and other cognitive function conditions that primarily target people in their later years, there is still much that is not known about these conditions and no cure has yet been found.
17 March 2016
Parkinson's disease has been receiving more media and medical coverage in recent years, particularly because of celebrity diagnoses raising awareness. Unfortunately, that attention has not translated well into a widespread understanding of the early signs of the disease. Although most people understand that Parkinson's disease causes tremors, there are many subtle signs that appear early in the onset of the condition. The more you can understand about the early signs, the sooner you can seek supportive care or an assisted living environment for a loved one who has it.