Archive for 2013

PET Scans and Diagnosing Alzheimer’s

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In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer first discovered plaques on the brain while conducting an autopsy of a patient who had had severe dementia. For the next 105 years, physicians continued to confirm an Alzheimer’s diagnosis by autopsy; there was no other way to know if the patient’s brain had the plaques Read More…

When Home is No Longer An Option: Part II

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Visited an Assisted Living Residence

There is no substitute for a visit to facilities when you need to find an assisted living residence. Check out the following:

The Staff

No matter how lovely an assisted residence looks, the quality of life is determined by the quality of the staff. Ask about staffing ratios Read More…

When Home is No Longer an Option: Part I

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No family wants to permanently move a parent or spouse out their home. However, for families caring for someone with dementia, there often comes a time when it is no longer possible to give the needed care at home. Caregivers become exhausted, unsupervised vulnerable people get injured.  Read More…

Is It Time to Move a Parent or Spouse Out of the Home?

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This is a question that  families dread.  You sense that your loved one is no longer safe living at home, but you don’t want to have to move him or her out of the place known as home. Knowing the signs that indicate a need for ongoing care can prevent Read More…

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