Entries by Pablo Martinez

Understanding and Minimizing Sundowners Syndrome

The long list of symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia often includes baffling mood and behavior changes. One particularly disruptive group of symptoms that may arise in the middle and later stages of Alzheimer’s affects patients at a certain time each day. Known as sundowners syndrome, or sundowning, it involves a […]

The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

The only certainty when diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is that a senior’s condition will progressively worsen. The national Alzheimer’s Association has developed a very useful staging system to use as a frame of reference when coping with AD. Alzheimer’s disease constantly keeps doctors, family members and caregivers on their toes. It is instinctive for humans […]

Tips to Extend Independence of a Senior at Home

Most people list their independence among the things that are most important to them. Small children are proud of the day that they learn to tie their shoelaces, teenagers enjoy the freedom that comes with passing their driving test, and senior adults seek to retain their independence for as long as possible. Unfortunately, as we […]

The Benefits of In-Home Care for Dementia Patients

Family caregivers are now better able to take advantage of services offered by home care companies. I certainly took advantage of these services throughout my time caring for multiple seniors, including my parents and an elderly neighbor. The biggest challenge I faced was when I hired professional caregivers for loved ones who had dementia. Experienced […]

How to Determine the Impact of Caregiving

Are you prepared to take on the responsibility of caring for a family member? Will you be able to handle the commitment of moving your parent(s) in with you? How will you know when caregiving has become too much to handle? Will caregiving negatively impact your relationships with immediate family members? When is it time […]

In-Home Clinicians Can Support Seniors Outside the Home, Too

Most people assume that the duties of a professional clinician hired through a home care company are limited to assisting clients inside their homes with tasks like bathing and grooming, reminding them to take their medications, preparing meals, or doing light housekeeping. These are all useful services, but hired professionals are playing an increasing role in clients’ […]

Short-Term Home Care vs. Long-Term Home Care

Whether Dad just needs help around the house for a few weeks after he’s discharged from the hospital or Mom requires around-the-clock dementia care, in-home care can meet these needs and everything in between. Best of all, home care enables aging loved ones to live as safely and independently as possible in their own homes. […]