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How dementia makes it harder to offer end-of-life comfort

How dementia makes it harder to offer end-of-life comfort   Pauline Finster, who barely speaks anymore, is receiving hospice care at an assisted-living facility. Meanwhile, gangrene is spreading across her right foot. (Francis Ying/Kaiser Health News) By Rachel Bluth September 4 Dementia took over Pauline Finster’s 91-year-old mind long ago, and she may die without… Read More

Alzheimer Spouses Benefit from Counseling and Support

Alzheimer Spouses Benefit from Counseling and Support November is Family Caregivers Month. Sponsored by the Caregiver Action Network (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association), this event is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers who do so much for their loved ones. This year’s theme, “Take Care to Give Care,” reminds us that caregiving… Read More

MSNVA’s First Annual B2C Digital Health Expo

We’re pleased to invite you to the Medical Society of Northern Virginia’s First Annual Digital Health Expo at Tysons Corner Center on The Plaza on Sunday, October 23rd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This digital health expo will focus on technology that is enabling patients/consumers to receive quality medical care on demand. Come visit… Read More

Keeping Nursing Home Residents Connected

Keeping Nursing Home Residents Connected As we age, our ability to maintain social relationships may wane. Friends and loved ones pass away, health issues may isolate us, and physical limitations may make it difficult to go out and meet people. But socializing remains important. Not only does it help us feel connected and alive, but… Read More

Mom, You Forgot to Pay the Gas Bill

“Mom, You Forgot to Pay the Gas Bill….” An expert says a decline in financial management skills might be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, and family may need to step in. What’s the most challenging topic to discuss with older loved ones? Family caregivers often name end-of-life wishes, driving safety and incontinence as tough-to-talk-about… Read More

Canine Caregivers Bring Joy to Housebound Seniors

Canine Caregivers Bring Joy to Housebound Seniors These special therapy dogs match with seniors for years at a time, visiting them in their homes on a regular basis. Cherese Cobb  |  Jul 28th 2016 Baby Boomers — those born in the late 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s — make up one-third of the U.S. population. Every nine seconds an… Read More

Pain Often Untreated in Seniors With Dementia

Pain Often Untreated in Seniors With Dementia Older adults are apt to suffer from a variety of painful health conditions, including arthritis, osteoporosis, urinary tract infections, diabetic neuropathy, tooth problems, constipation and many others. It’s important to address this discomfort and work with the person’s healthcare provider to arrive at the most effective treatment for… Read More

Senior Driving Safety Wordfind

Senior Driving Safety Wordfind   It would benefit all drivers to focus on being safer behind the wheel. Older adults face a special set of challenges when it comes to operating a vehicle, whether it’s on the highway or on busy city streets. Changes to vision, hearing, reflexes and cognitive health mean seniors may need to… Read More

Talking With Your Loved One About Incontinence

Talking With Your Loved One About Incontinence Seniors who are experiencing urinary incontinence often feel all alone. But they are not. Though the topic seldom comes up in conversation, incontinence affects more than half of women past the age of menopause, and also affects many senior men. According to the American College of Physicians (ACP),… Read More

Confined to Nursing Homes, but Longing (and Ready) for Home

Confined to Nursing Homes, but Longing (and Ready) for Home By KATIE THOMAS, SHERI FINK and MITCH SMITHMAY 13, 2016 Marvin L. Dawkins last week in Randallstown, Md. He spent 11 years in a nursing home before prevailing in his efforts to live at home. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times Marvin L…. Read More

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