Senior Living

Some over-the-counter hay-fever pills and sleep aids could raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia

Some over-the-counter hay-fever pills and sleep aids could raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a U.S. study has found. Sleep remedy Nytol, anti-allergy meds Benadryl and Piriton, and some older antidepressants are among the products associated with an increased risk of the dementia disease, researchers found, the Daily Mail reported. The drugs affect the brain by blocking acetylcholine, a key chemical messenger, the report found. The risk of dementia is the highest when the so-called anticholinergic drugs are taken in high doses over several years. “Health-care providers should regularly review their older patients’ drug regimens, [...]

2015-02-06T16:31:36+00:00By |Senior Living|

When Do You Step in for Your Parents?

As an elder care adviser, I speak with concerned family members everyday. Many don't know when it's time to step in, so I tell them that there are warning signs that I would watch for that I believe families should address immediately: Medication Mismanagement: Medication mismanagement should be taken very seriously. It can cause confusion, depression, dehydration, and falls that can lead to hospitalization or worse. It is easy to become confused with the amount and frequency of the medication which leads to forgetting dosages or doubling up on them. There are several products in [...]

2015-03-06T17:03:14+00:00By |Senior Living|

Veterans Benefits Facts and Fiction! Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit

The Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit helps qualifying Veterans or their surviving spouses pay for in-home care or some form of assisted living/memory care in a retirement community. As I work with families of Veterans, there are several pieces of misinformation that have prevented Veterans and/or their spouses from getting the Aid and Attendance Benefit they deserve! First, let’s address who can qualify for the Veteran's Aid and Attendance Benefit. Those who can qualify received an honorable discharge after serving 90 consecutive days of active duty, and one of those days was during war-time. This [...]

2015-03-11T15:00:39+00:00By |Senior Living|
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