Giving Care: Senior & Disabled Caregiver Resource Blog

When Confusion is Confusing: Older Adults and Delirium

I have been a geriatric mental health clinician since 2010. One of the most complex and perplexing conditions that I have seen in those 65 and older is delirium and it's confusion. Of the troubling “3Ds” (Delirium, Depression and Dementia) often found in the geriatric

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Supporting your loved one

As promised, this week I am reviewing a bit more about the symptoms and behaviors that you may notice when someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease. I will also cover some basic tips for handling the difficult situations that could arise. In my last blog

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Helping Seniors Manage Medications

Managing medication

33% of the elderly population (aged 75-85) takes 5 or more prescription pills a day.  That is in addition to any over-the-counter medication the individual may be taking.  All of this can add up to a potentially dangerous situation requiring caregivers and loved ones to

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Change The Aging Experience With Technology

Help for caregivers

Technology has changed our world.  We access information instantaneously with a few key strokes, see our world through high power telescopes and satellites, and approach medicine with depth and efficiency enabling people to live longer and healthier. Technology has also made many of the challenges

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Where Are My Keys? How To Improve Your Memory As You Age

If you misplace your keys what is your first thought? If you walk into a room and forget what you were looking for what goes through your mind? What about if you are driving to your friend’s house, a place you have been several times

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How To Improve Memory Skills

Short term memory loss test

I work in Geriatric Mental Health. I see all kinds of people in my practice, and surprisingly I am rarely asked questions about preventative health measures when it comes to maintaining and improving brain health. One day I was asked by a man in his 80s, “How

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Caring For A Loved One With Dementia? You Are Not Alone

Support groups for caregivers of elderly parents

Our society is greying. For the first time in Canada, we now have more older people (65+) than younger people (under 16). Although there are many benefits and advantages to getting older, the unfortunate facts are that as we age we become more susceptible to

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Malnutrition: A Hidden Epidemic In Older Adults

Alzheimer's not eating

Over the years, many older adults have let me into their homes because they have been referred to one of the health programs I work for. Part of my job as a geriatric clinician requires me to assess the persons malnutrition and to ask them information

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Senior Moments: Should We Be Worried?

Memory care living

Although I don’t particularly like the term “senior moment,” most older people know what that means. When someone who is at middle age or beyond has difficulty remembering something such as, “Where did I put my reading glasses?” or “I can’t remember her name” he/she may

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