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Do Fall Prevention Programs Really Work?

Do fall prevention programs really work to keep seniors safe? Falls are one of the leading causes of hospitalization and injury for seniors and preventing them is extremely important. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year and every 11 seconds a senior is treated for a fall in the emergency room. Continue reading

Five Ways to Help a Parent who Refuses Dementia Care

The terrible thing about dementia is that in the early stages people are aware that their brain is changing. They often recognize the signs of memory loss, confusion and the inability to handle daily activities. It is a frightening time Continue reading

Caregiver Burnout: Four Ways Caregivers Can Become More Resilient

How do you build resilience? Very carefully. Perhaps the more relevant question is, can you build resilience? The answer is yes, you can, but it takes determination and a conscious approach to the process. It means putting yourself first at regular intervals while you are a caregiver and putting systems in place to help protect your own life. Continue reading

A Real Look into the Challenges, Hopes, and Realities of a Dementia Caregiver

As part of our partnership with Maria Shriver, founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement™ and Move for Minds, we are spending time listening to the experiences of caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Although we write frequently about the demands of caregiving, we find it compelling and deeply moving to hear Continue reading

New Study Shows Support Groups Can Help Alleviate Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout is a problem, whether the caregivers are professionals or family members. Many caregivers experience multiple signs and symptoms of stress and burnout, and those symptoms can lead to problems in delivering care. Continue reading

How to Develop an Effective Post-Stroke Care plan

In the United States, approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke each year, and two-thirds of them go on to need rehabilitation and post-stroke care. Recovering from a stroke is a lifelong process and the key to success is a post-stroke care plan. Continue reading

The 4 Rules of Improv Meet Effective Dementia Care Communication

Can the four basic rules of improvisational comedy help you to communicate more effectively with a loved one suffering from dementia? Yes they can and chances are you will never forget them. Continue reading

Fight Alzheimer’s Disease in Women and Win a Free Weekend of Respite Care

Finally, there’s a way to step up and take action against Alzheimer’s Disease. Maria Shriver, founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement™ and Move for Minds, has created the second annual one day, eight city challenge at Equinox Health Clubs to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s and we’re honored to be a part of it. Continue reading

The Best Recipe for Brain Health

Is it possible to eat for brain health? Research is increasingly finding that there are benefits for your brain when you eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, vegetable oils, and fish. These foods help the cells in the brain to remain healthy. An easy rule of thumb to remember is that foods that are healthy for your heart are healthy for your brain too. Eating healthy foods keeps the blood healthy and that means it can transport oxygen to the brain. Continue reading

Caregiver Burnout: 10 Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress

Caregiving can be highly stressful, exhausting and isolating. It is also essential to the health and well-being of someone you love who needs care. Continue reading