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The Benefits of Bright Light Therapy for Seniors

Many seniors suffer from sleep disorders and poor sleep quality. Bright light therapy may be an accessible alternative treatment to regulate healthy sleep patterns. An hour of bright light therapy a day may brighten the mood and improve sleep quality in elderly people. Studies show that bright light therapy, that uses specifically designed light devices, improved symptoms of depression and poor sleep quality in older adults. Circadian Rhythm People who suffer from poor quality of sleep often require treatment to fix their circadian rhythm.  A circadian rhythm is an internal...

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Dementia Care: Validation Therapy

As humans we crave positive connection, we are designed to care about our community and desire the care of our community. Validation is a key factor in human communication, it boosts positive feedback for desired behavior and acts as a verbal treat for doing socially desirable things. It acts in contrast to rejection, which degrades negative behavior to communicate community acceptable guidelines. Validation makes us feel good both biologically as it stimulates the part of our brain which boosts our happy chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, as well as...

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The Effects of Virtual Reality on Alzheimer’s Patients

Imagine having the opportunity to visit incredible sites or peaceful forests. What it might feel like to have those new and exciting or relaxing experiences available regardless of your physical space or ability level.  Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for a long time, however, in a contemporary sense VR technology is more affordable and more accessible than ever.  The reality of immersing yourself in a peaceful beach may not be far off, and this accessibility opens new opportunities within the context of healthcare.  Some hospitals have already integrated virtual...

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Tips on How to Organize Your Elderly Parent’s Medical and Health Information

Family caregivers should prioritize organizing and keeping copies of their elderly loved ones' medical information because by having quick and easy access to this pertinent information, you have increased flexibility when making health care decisions. By having your elderly loved ones' medical information organized and easily available you can make quick decisions both in an emergency and in your routine checkups. By having extra copies easily organized you can change doctors efficiently as doctors usually get medical information from other doctors however because of the bureaucracy that can take time....

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Tips on How to Prepare for Virtual Doctor’s Appointments

Virtual doctor’s appointments have been in effect in many communities for some time now, especially remote ones with a lack of access to doctors. However, with the increased lockdown measures starting in March of 2020 as a result of COVID-19, virtual doctor appointments have been normalized for all communities and have risen in popularity. public health officials have instructed doctors and health care workers to limit in-person appointments to patients who require immediate or emergency care. This means now more than ever ‘Telemedicine’, medicine performed virtually, has been implemented into...

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Online Shopping Safety Tips for Seniors

Online shopping has been growing in popularity over the past few years, however, with the increased lockdown procedures of COVID-19 online shopping has become more popular than ever. People are spending more time shopping online to stay safe rather than doing it in-store. This is a great way to physically distance and stay safe from catching the coronavirus but there are disadvantages to predominantly shopping online. One is that there are cybercriminals who would take advantage of online shoppers through a variety of different schemes. All people, especially seniors who...

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Having a Joint Account with Your Elderly Parents

The decision to manage finances can weigh heavily on families, especially the finances of an aging parent. Properly managed finances can bring a sense of safety and security, not only to aging parents or family members, but also to their children or adult caregivers. Especially with the increase in online shopping, it is easy to manipulate those who are not as computer literate, as well as those who may not be able to recognize online scams. Furthermore, as we age, care tasks like paying bills and other financial responsibilities can...

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What to do when an Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Recognize You

When navigating a loved one through the stages of Alzheimer's disease you may find that it is your own feelings that are the most difficult challenge. People with Alzheimer's must change and adapt to their new circumstances and often these changes are out of their control. As people who love those with Alzheimer's we change and adapt to these new circumstances as well, but we have a choice in the way that we adapt to these challenges. Often as this change comes, it builds resistance. It is natural to feel...

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2021: Here We Come!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2021. The changing of the calendar year creates a sense of rebirth and renewal. While functionally, our responsibilities remain the same day to day, however emotionally, a new year can manifest a restoration of hope. This hope is a new flame that will burn bright in our hearts as we move forward with determination. This hope needs to be supported not only through feeling but actions. Consider building compassion into your new year’s resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions Safety First - Let us continue to support...

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Hindsight is 2020: 20 Hopeful Moments this Year

As 2020 draws to a close, and many people breathe a sigh of relief, we may take this time to be reflective. This year has presented many challenges that have been difficult to overcome. However, it has also proved that as a global community we can band together to accomplish great things! Let’s look back on 20 of the best moments humanity had to offer in 2020. A COVID-19 Vaccine - Through tireless effort and international cooperation, scientists all over the world have, at unprecedented speed, created and started manufacturing...

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