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Caring through the hurt: Experts tell how to cope when elderly parents’ behavior worsens 

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Great article for those dealing with loved ones exhibiting difficult behaviors. Caring for someone is hard enough as is.

 

Source: Caring through the hurt: Experts tell how to cope when elderly parents’ behavior worsens 

Barbara, the whole story

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Very helpful insight as to what it is like for someone with Dementia.  Created by nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to raise awareness of dementia among staff, Barbara’s Story is a series of 6 films which has changed attitudes to dementia in hospitals across the world.

 

60 Minutes – Following a couple from diagnosis to the final stages of Alzheimer’s

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Heartbreaking journey to watch this family over the course of 10 years.  So many lessons for us all including the importance of early communication and support for the caregivers.

Source: Following a couple from diagnosis to the final stages of Alzheimer’s

Elderly Driving Statistics | LoveToKnow

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Please make sure to assess your loved one’s ability to safely drive. Great alternatives out there to support Seniors and make sure everyone stays safe.

 

Source: Elderly Driving Statistics | LoveToKnow

Warn Your Aging Parents: Vicious Phone Scammers May Call, Posing As The IRS

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Personally warn your aging parents about this old, but relentless scam: someone posing as an IRS agent makes a threatening call, saying money is owed, pay now. Your loved one is intimidated and sends money to the scammer. They catch our aging loved ones off guard. It’s vicious. You can alert them.

Source: Warn Your Aging Parents: Vicious Phone Scammers May Call, Posing As The IRS

AARP Invests $60M in the Dementia Discovery Fund to Kick-Start its ‘Disrupt Dementia’ Campaign

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“By 2030, there are projected to be 82 million people suffering from dementia” This is a great start to help support our future seniors, their families and our caregivers. Thanks AARP and all those that contributed.

Source: AARP Invests $60M in the Dementia Discovery Fund to Kick-Start its ‘Disrupt Dementia’ Campaign

Fatal falls are on the rise for America’s senior citizens

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Please help educate your loved ones and yourself on what can be done to help prevent falls.  Alameda County has a Fall Prevention Program with a brochure attached below to help with tips to reduce falls.  The article in this blog highlights the increasing dangers of falls.  Let’s together help reduce this rising statistic. Team Exceptional Senior Placement

http://www.acphd.org/media/151587/falls_manual.pdf

The rate of fatal falls among America’s senior citizens rose 31% over a decade, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007, falls ended the lives of 47 of every 100,000 Americans ages 65 and up; by 2016, that mortality rate rose to 61.6 per 100,000.

Source: Fatal falls are on the rise for America’s senior citizens

Relationship Matters: The fear of aging

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We live in a culture that holds beauty, youthfulness, active and successful lifestyle as the epitome of health, vitality and admiration. With age, most people notice a decline in energy level, physical agility as well as reduced motivation to keep their social connections active and rewarding.

Concerns about losing one’s cognitive capacity is a major source of anxiety to aging individuals.

How ‘Super Aging’ Seniors Retain Youthful Memory Abilities

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Some loss of memory is often considered an inevitable part of aging, but new research reveals how some people appear to escape that fate. A study older adults whose memory performance is equivalent to that of younger individuals and finds that certain key areas of their brains resemble those of young people.

The paper in The Journal of Neuroscience is part of a research program aimed at understanding how some older adults retain youthful thinking abilities and the brain circuits that support those abilities.