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Our posts feature helpful advice and resources for both caregivers and aging seniors. They may be able to provide you with the answers you’ve been searching for, or point you in the right direction to find them.

How Can a Nurse Care Manager Bring Value to My Family?

Finally… your loved one is safely living in a care setting you carefully selected. You are comfortable that all of your loved one’s needs are being met, which is quite a relief for the entire family. Unfortunately, your work is not over! Staff and management changes at a facility, along with changes in your loved one’s care needs. These changes can often turn things upside down with little or no warning.

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Is it Normal Aging or Dementia?

Mom can’t remember where her keys are. Dad got lost driving to the grocery store. Children often hear these comments about their parents or grandparents and wonder, is it normal aging or dementia? As we age, it is common to have what many refer to as “Senior Moments”. These moments can include occasional word-finding difficulties or forgetfulness. The biggest difference is that dementia causes impairment in social functioning and independent living. Normal aging does not.

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I Know How It Feels

I remember the first time I noticed my mother had memory problems. We were watching a television program and when it came back on after the commercial, my mom thought it was a new program and didn’t realize it was a continuation of the program we had been watching for the last thirty minutes. I later learned there were other signs. Like the time she got lost driving home from the grocery store in a town she had lived in for 40 years. My mom lived in Iowa and I lived in Arizona. We would talk on the phone on a regular basis and she always told me things were fine. She sounded healthy and she always made sense during our conversations. I didn’t realize how bad things really were. Then it all came to a head.

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Levels of Facility Care

When looking at a facility option in Arizona, there are many types of facilities to choose from. The type of facility required is based on the physical and functional needs of the resident. Below is a breakdown of the facility types available and what they offer.

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Should Mom Still Be Driving?

Whether or not an elderly person should be driving is a question we are frequently asked. It is a very touchy subject and most children do not want to force the issue with their parents. Getting a drivers license is a rite of passage that most teenagers look forward to. Having to give up that license can be very difficult. It affects a person’s independence. When a person has to surrender their driver’s license, they suddenly are dependent on others to get around. Going to the grocery store, going to the doctor and even going out with friends can become difficult without transportation.

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How to Introduce a Caregiver

As our parents age, we are often faced with the reality that they are no longer able to safely care for themselves. This may be due to a physical imparity or a cognitive deficit. Unfortunately, many times our parents do not recognize their own deficits and believe they can care for themselves without assistance. So what do you do when Mom or Dad needs help and they are resistant to the idea? What if they refuse any help? These situations can be difficult for everyone involved. One option is to introduce a Certified Care Manager into the mix.

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