Senior In Home Care San Diego CA – Are You Prepared to Care for Aging Parents?


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Are You Prepared to Care for Aging Parents?

By Nancy Mann Jackson

Step 1 of the three steps you can take to be ready to help with your parents’ care:

1. Start the conversation.

Talking with your parents or other relatives about their health-care preferences may be uncomfortable, but waiting until they need care is too late. “Families need to talk before they need answers,” says Patricia Maisano, CEO and founder of IKOR USA, which provides advocacy services for seniors. “Before crises, there are many more choices in everything. When you wait until a crisis arises, those choices diminish significantly.” During a crisis, siblings could disagree about medical care, finances and living situations, Maisano says. And if a parent is incapacitated, his or her own preferences are unlikely to be heard or followed.

In general, Huber says, a good time to begin talking about parents’ health care is when parents are in their 70s and children are in their 40s. He and his brother, both in their 40s, recently sat down with their parents and went through Home Instead’s free Senior Emergency Kit, which offers a checklist of basic information that adult children should know about their parents, such as physicians’ names, medications and doses, allergies, and how to access advance health-care directives.

Starting these conversations can be difficult. “If children initiate the discussion, they should explain to the parent that they want to make sure they are aware of the parent’s wishes, and that they will best be able to see to those wishes if the lines of communication remain open,” Maisano says.

CaregiverStress.com offers a number of resources to get these “40/70″ conversations started, including techniques for diffusing the emotions involved in such discussions.

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Senior In Home Care, San Diego, CA – Are You Prepared to Care for Aging Parents?


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Are You Prepared to Care for Aging Parents?

By Nancy Mann Jackson

Fewer than half of baby boomers are knowledgeable about their parents’ medical histories, and 49 percent are unable to name any of the medications their parents take every day, according to a new study by the Boomer Project, a behavior-tracking and research firm. In an emergency, such information could be vital to ensuring proper care.

In addition to knowing your parents’ medical histories and current medications, there are other things you should do to be prepared to help them in a health crisis. “We see families all the time who are thrust into emergency situations and are unprepared to handle their parents’ health issues,” says Jeff Huber, president and chief operating officer of Home Instead, which offers home health care and senior companionship. “The time to prepare is when things are calm.”

Here are three steps you can take to be ready to help with your parents’ care: They will be covered in future posts.

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Senior In Home Care, San Diego, CA – FREE webinar for Alzheimer’s Caregiver


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Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s – Family Caregiver Webinar

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | 10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now.

Caring for a senior loved one can bring a sense of fulfillment, but usually not without a few challenges as well. To help you feel a little more confident and equipped in your role as a family caregiver, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is launching the 2012 Family Caregiver Support Web Seminar Series, featuring free monthly seminars for family caregivers on a variety of essential caregiving topics.

The web seminars, hosted in cooperation with the American Society on Aging (ASA), provide tips, information and advice from the perspective of professionals who are well-versed in issues facing families caring for aging loved ones.

Please note, these Family Caregiver Webinars are not eligible for CEU credits. The CEU credit offering is only available for the webinars featured in the Professional Family Caregiver series.

Please pre-register for any Family Caregiver Webinar by the deadline of 9 PM PST the day before! for the following 2012 Senior Care Web Series. Please click each “Register Now” link for more details of each webinar and to sign up.

Recorded webinars will be available for viewing following the live sessions. It may take up to two weeks following the session for the archived version to be posted.

 

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Senior In Home Care, San Diego, CA – Alzheimer’s and Dementias FREE Training


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Free Training Program Focuses on Coping with Difficult Behaviors Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias

Alzheimer's e-Learning Course

“For days, my husband has been asking the same question: ‘What day is this?’ He does not want to put friends or helpers to any trouble including him in meetings or get-togethers. He’ll just drop out. He is so dependent on everyone since he is not allowed to drive anymore. His beloved truck and family sedan just sit and wait. He still smiles and hums, but would rather sit alone and read. He shows love, but is so quiet and silently interested . . . I don’t understand.”

This caregiver—whose spouse has Alzheimer’s disease—describes the frustration and confusion that grips families whose seniors are dealing with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The characteristics of these diseases are varied and change with time, but often leave families and their caregivers frightened and ill-equipped while they try to provide at-home care for their seniors.

A new groundbreaking training program now offers help for the many families who are dealing with challenging behaviors including refusal, delusions (or false beliefs), aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.

The Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education℠ Training Program takes away some of the dread associated with these diseases. The no-cost program, which is available to families through their local Home Instead Senior Care® office, provides an innovative approach that helps families make the most of a senior’s life journey. The unique approach includes the history, passions and hobbies of the person with Alzheimer’s disease to help manage challenging behaviors associated with dementias.

“CARE is a wonderful hands-on approach that helps caregivers deal with the behavioral changes that too often accompany these disorders—one of the biggest stressors for caregivers,” said Dr. Jane F. Potter, chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. “There was previously no good program available using adult education techniques to provide hands-on practice in learning how best to help people who suffer from dementia. This is huge.”

Resources of the Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE Training Program can help family caregivers understand Alzheimer’s disease and the changes they can expect to see in their loved ones. With the increased knowledge of Alzheimer’s and how to deal with it, family caregivers will be better able to cope with the stress of their responsibilities.

Local Home Instead Senior Care offices can provide even more information about making the most of living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, giving caregivers hope for a brighter future. Too often, a family caregiver can become overwhelmed—physically and mentally—with providing in-home care and can see a slide in his or her health.

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Senior In Home Services, San Diego, CA – Alzheimer’s and Dementia Share Your Tips


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Many families touched by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias find great comfort in taking a trip down memory lane together. That trip might entail looking at old photo albums, telling stories, baking those special apple dumplings together, creating a memory quilt out of Dad’s old uniforms, listening to music from Mom’s teenage years, or any number of creative ways to reminisce. Recalling and preserving cherished memories can make facing memory loss just a little more bearable, both for the family and the individual with dementia.

What helpful ideas for reminiscing do you have? Help other Alzheimer’s families out by sharing your tips here.

3/29, 2012

Record Memories

Submitted by virginia turner

My dad was always telling jokes and making up songs…he was just a very funny person. So I started laying a recorder on the table while I was cooking and he was having coffee and just let him do his thing. Now ,I can still hear his voice and laugh at his jokes.

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Is Alzheimer’s inherited? San Diego Senior In Home Care


San Diego Senior In Home Care – The keynote speaker at a recent Alzheimer’s Association Is Alzheimer's Inherited?conference had just wrapped up his presentation and asked for questions when a caregiver rushed to the microphone, “Doctor, am I going to get Alzheimer’s disease too?” she asked worriedly.

For caregivers and family members, this question looms large. Forget a familiar name or appointment, make a mistake in a bank account, or burn something on the stove, and you ask yourself, “Is this it? Has my Alzheimer’s started?”

Don’t panic. While some types of Alzheimer’s may be more likely to be inherited than others, dementia expert David Troxel thinks our stress-filled, multi-tasking culture almost encourages forgetfulness: “We depend upon our smart phones to remind us of appointments, our cell phones are automatically programmed to dial a number, and our GPS systems take us where we want to go without much thinking.”

While many people are becoming a bit more forgetful because they aren’t exercising their brains, Troxel affirms that periodic memory lapses aren’t usually a sign of early Alzheimer’s, particularly in younger persons.

So, are you more likely to get Alzheimer’s if one of your parents have the disease? Here is a summary of the current thinking about the inheritability of Alzheimer’s.

Early-onset Alzheimer’s may be more inheritable

Alzheimer’s disease does run in some families, particularly in early onset cases in which someone gets the disease well before the age of 65. Fortunately, these devastating cases represent less than 5 percent of all diagnoses. If you have a parent or sibling in this situation, you may want to get him or her evaluated at a university research center. You may also want to undergo genetic testing yourself to better understand your family situation.

Later-onset Alzheimer’s is less inheritable

If you have a relative whose Alzheimer’s disease begins well after the age of 65, you probably only have a slight increase in risk, if any. This is good news for most family members, since late-onset dementia is by far the most common form of the disease. Families will often express concern that many of their elderly relatives experienced Alzheimer’s disease. They worry that it must run in the family since “four of my five uncles had dementia.” Troxel offers some reassuring words of advice, “Remember, almost half of all elders will develop dementia. This family’s experience might just reflect the average variations in percentages that impact us all.”

Assessing your risk

If you still want to assess your risk, you can talk with your physician about genetic testing. The most common test looks at a gene called APOE (apolipoprotein E) found on Chromosome 29. You receive one gene from your mother and one from your father. The test reveals whether you have an APOE 2, 3 or 4 from your mother and your father. A 2/2 combination seems to actually protect the brain; an APOE 4/4 greatly increases your risk.

Most medial professionals discourage blanket genetic testing, at least in its current form. An APOE test demonstrates risk but is not definitive. It will also not tell you when you will get Alzheimer’s—at 70, 80 or 95. This makes the information hard to use on a practical basis.

Prevention

While the evidence is not definitive, getting plenty of exercise, not smoking, controlling weight, eating a heart-friendly diet, and staying socially and intellectually active may help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, or may even prevent it. If you have experienced Alzheimer’s disease in your family, take these positive wellness steps. They cannot hurt you but may help quite a bit!

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Dealing with Clutter – San Diego Senior In Home Care


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Alzheimer’s and Dementia:

How should I deal with my father’s clutter and unpaid bills?

Question: My father’s desk is cluttered with post-it notes, scraps of alzeheimers memory boxespaper, bills and financial statements. They aren’t being filed and I’m not sure they are being paid. What should I do?

You don’t mention whether your dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. If he has been, and is still in the early stages, try working alongside him.

Sometimes people showing the early signs of dementia lose their “start button” and have trouble initiating an activity. This may be why your dad’s desk is a mess, even if he has historically been well organized. Here are some ideas for a successful “intervention.”

If you ask your dad, “do you want me to help you organize your desk?” he’ll probably say no. A gentler approach to pushing the start button might be to pick up something and say, “Hmm, look at this interesting letter. I didn’t see this before. I wonder what else is here. Shall we look together?” Side by side, you may begin to create some order.

If you really feel that important bills are going unpaid, you may just need to go in and clean up his desk. It’s often easier, as the old saying goes, to ask for forgiveness rather than for permission!

If the financial chaos is as bad as you suspect, consider these steps:

  • Encourage your dad to establish a financial power of attorney, or at least add a second signature to a checkbook so that someone else can pay the bills.
  • Have the most important bills sent to another address—yours, for example—so that you can stay on top of them.
  • Arrange to pay the bills online to reduce the amount of paper coming into your dad’s house.

If your dad hasn’t been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, now may be a good time to have him assessed. Even if Alzheimer’s is not the diagnosis, your dad may need more assistance as he ages. Before the paper stack gets any higher, your family needs to discuss how to keep your dad safe, solvent, and on top of his financial affairs.

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