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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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Virtual Holiday Celebration Ideas with Your Elderly Loved Ones

This year is a year of being adaptive, compassionate, and building new traditions. While the holidays will look different this year, there are still methods to connect with our loved ones. We will need to be resourceful to create that holiday magic and look carefully for opportunities to make our loved ones feel special. These opportunities will present themselves to you and will vary according to your circumstances. Your local community’s health and safety guidelines are a good first step when planning your celebrations this year. Most families are making...

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Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Safely with your Elderly Loved Ones during COVID-19

The holiday season is full of light and love. You may decorate your homes with strings of lights, light the candles of the menorah or wait with bated breath for Santa Claus to find his way down your chimney. We connect with old friends and spend quality time with them and lean into the warm embrace of family. However, while the joys of the holidays may be affected by your local health procedure, helping keep the community safe is the best gift you can give and receive this year. Ensure...

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic is putting many seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at risk, but because most know it to be a respiratory illness, it is not immediately obvious how. The reality is that dementia-related behaviors such as forgetting to wash their hands and other necessary precautions may increase the risk of contracting the disease. These behaviors, compounded with old age and common age-related health conditions may present a concerning combination for diseases like COVID-19. Whether your community is reopening services or taking more precautions, depending on the number of...

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