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End of Life Care Companions Provide Comfort, Reduce Stress

Have you ever heard of a community end-of-life advocate? It’s a caregiver or coach who helps people facing death and their families with non-medical support surrounding saying goodbye, personal care, and the grieving process. During a challenging and tender time in the life of a family, a community end-of-life advocate or professional caregiver with end-of-life

Safeguarding Mental Health During the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, most people are focused on the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, and family gatherings. It’s easy to forget that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, levels of stress and depression increase for many Americans, including seniors. According to the National Institute on Aging, risk factors for depression among elders

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Safely Managing Declining Seniors’ Medications

Does mom or dad snap at you when you ask if they’ve taken their daily medication, or when you go through their prescriptions? If your loved one is skipping pills, forgetting to take them, taking the wrong amount or combination, the outcome could mean unexpected medical consequences, or worse, an overdose. It can be very

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New Alzheimer Drug Aducanumab Faces Controversy

The June 2021 announcement that Aducanamab –known by its shelf name Aduhelm™ -was granted FDA-accelerated approval as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease created a flurry of excitement in families whose loved ones have been diagnosed with the terminal disease. Aduhelm is considered the first therapy to demonstrably remove amyloid plaques, one of the notorious primary

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Women and Alzheimer’s Disease

Many of us are familiar with the fact that more women than men are affected by Alzheimer’s, but what else do the numbers tell us about women’s risk for Alzheimer’s Disease? Why is it that a woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 5?  Among people diagnosed with the

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Sundowning Sydrome in Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease

The doctor said that your parent’s attitude and personality might seem different as his or her dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis progresses. But up until now, it has just been the little things – forgetting to take medication, dropping words, sleeping more. But this week, things have escalated. He’s not sleeping; her anxiety level seems up,

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Resistant Behavior with Dementia

Whether the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, behavior undeniably changes and resistance is inevitable. What were once regular daily habits, routines, and tasks may be now seen as stilted or repetitively performed. Or, in the case of personal hygiene, for example, they may be stubbornly avoided. Changes in a loved one’s behavior,

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Illuminating Memories

When a cherished loved one passes away, memories and grief reach far beyond the family tree. As Angel Companions’ case managers and caregivers, we are there as life is released. The final weeks of life further tighten family and caregiver bonds. We ease stressful schedules, work, and life commitments. We sit in vigil as they

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Dementia Care Strategies for Your Loved Ones

Smart Strategies to Help Care for a Loved One with Dementia Caring for a parent or family member who is suffering from dementia is never easy. This destructive disease takes its toll not only on the victim’s mind, but also on that person’s family and friends. If you’ve become a caregiver for an individual with

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Warning Signs of Dementia

Detecting Early Warning Signs of Dementia in Loved Ones An estimated one in 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. Without proper dementia care, this devastating condition can profoundly affect health and well-being. Because dementia typically has a slow onset, it can be difficult to determine

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