- Understanding the Behavioral Effects of Alzheimer's Disease
November 11 2013 by Saran Craig
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer's Disease is not a "mental illness." It is a physical disease process that causes irreversible deterioration in the brain. All parts of the human brain, with the exception of the hearing center, can be affected throughout the disease process. For people caring for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, it is important to know what changes will take place so you can understand them better...
- Nutritional Tips for Consumers and Caregivers During the Holidays
November 07 2013 by Kathy Swiderski
The holiday season is upon on us, and for many people that means celebrations with friends and family and a lot of delicious foods. Many consumers, and even caregivers, have diet restrictions, which can make the holidays a difficult time to stay on track. Around-the-clock caregivers and their care teams have the ability to collaborate with consumers on a realistic plan around healthy eating. As a nurse for 30 years, I've seen strategies that allow people to still enjoy the holidays while maintaining good nutrition.
- Educating Consumers About Their Medications
November 05 2013 by Tiffany Ward
Jeff knows about his medication. He can tell you what it is for and when he should take it. On a home visit, I noticed this consumer was engaged with his medication list and interested in learning. It prompted me and the rest of the care team to find ways to educate him even more about his health and medication management. Every consumer has a right to understand their medications, and there are great benefits from doing so.