After 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.
This 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.
If 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.
When 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.
As 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.
National Grandparents’ Day takes place each year in early September. This 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.
Family caregivers who are exploring options for assisted living in the state of Michigan are sometimes confused about the costs and how they will pay for their aging loved one's care.
With the days of summer drawing to a close, many Michigan parents are preparing for their children to return to school. Shifting from the relaxed days of summer to the hustle of a busy school year isn’t easy.
For many Michigan caregivers, late summer into fall is a favorite time of year. But when the loved one you provide care for lives with Alzheimer’s disease, finding activities that you can enjoy together might present a challenge.
As summer events draw more people outdoors, health experts warn Michigan caregivers to be on guard for ticks and mosquitoes. Older adults and those living with chronic illnesses are especially at risk because they typically have weaker immune systems. It is especially true of their risk for contracting the West Nile Virus.