Caregiver Blog

Helping a Michigan Senior with Dementia Stay Fit

senior-woman-joggingAfter the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers often try to find ways to keep their loved one fit without putting them at increased risk for a fall or other injury. Because the disease can cause damage to the parts of the brain responsible for mobility, it isn’t uncommon for people with Alzheimer’s to struggle with balance. Activities that require complicated movements also can be difficult for them to complete because their abstract thought process may be impaired.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Has Arrived!

FotoliaThis year’s Medicare Open Enrollment period is here! Starting on October 15, Medicare recipients can make any changes they think will help improve their coverage for 2015. If you are a Michigan caregiver who hasn’t been through this with your senior loved one before, it may be a little confusing. To help you sort through the process and make an informed decision, we are sharing the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions.

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Fire Prevention: What to Know to Keep Seniors Safe

fire-safetyIf you are a Michigan caregiver for a senior loved one who lives alone, safety is probably an ongoing concern. One area you may not have considered is fire safety. What might surprise you is how much higher the risk is that an older adult will be harmed or fatally injured in a fire.

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Alzheimer’s Behaviors Can Signal Unmet Needs

adult-children-with-elderWhen caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, family members often use the word “behaviors” to describe some of the more difficult actions their loved ones exhibit. For caregivers, they can be distressing to watch and to try to manage. Some behaviors can put both the person with dementia and the caregiver at risk of injury.

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Flu Shot Myths

Flu-vaccine-signAs autumn begins in Michigan, we are again preparing for flu season. Every year about this time we begin receiving questions from our residents and their families about the influenza vaccine.

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Celebrating Grandparents in Michigan

National Grandparents’ Day takes place each year in early September. grandma and grandkids readingThis year the date to celebrate the wisdom and devotion grandparents provide is September 7. If you are trying to organize an intergenerational event for your family, here are a few ideas you might find to be of interest.

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