Keeping Your Independence Without Driving

Many older adults are either forced or choose to give up driving at some point in their lives. Keep reading to learn ways to stay independent and get the things you need without driving. Disclaimer: This is much easier to accomplish if you are able to use a computer or a smartphone.  Prescription Drug Delivery […]

Embracing Robotic Companionship: The Benefits of Robotic Pets for Older Adults

Aging is a natural part of life, but it doesn’t diminish the need for companionship and emotional support. As individuals grow older, various factors like mobility issues, health concerns, or living situations might limit their ability to care for traditional pets. In such instances, robotic pets emerge as an innovative and increasingly popular solution, offering […]

Advocate For Your Health: A Guide For Older Adults in The Emergency Room

A visit to the emergency room can be a daunting experience for anyone. But for older adults with cognitive and health decline, it can be especially challenging. Aging often brings with it a higher likelihood of health complications, and drug-disease interactions. All too often, patients enter and exit the emergency room without an accurate diagnosis […]

Navigating Memory Loss by Dr. Corinne Self

dr self presenting to a group at harmony hospice

Watch a video of Dr. Corinne Self’s presentation “Navigating Memory Loss” invited as a speaker by the Alzheimer’s Association hosted at the Harmony Hospice Community Center.

Six Strategies To Help Dementia Patients Maintain A Healthy Weight

Weight loss is a common problem among people with neurocognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In earlier stages, likely causes are reduced appetite and forgetting to cook/eat. Later on, difficulty swallowing and reduced recognition of food can play a role. Weight loss can also be caused by medication side effects. Less commonly, weight loss […]

How to support your elderly parents with cognitive decline that live at home alone 

Americans are fiercely independent.  Some seniors decide to move into a senior living community, especially after their spouse passes; and many do not. Some live with only a spouse or partner, while others will seek out relatives or companions. In the U.S., 27% of adults over 60 years old live alone.  We often get phone calls from […]

Is Medical Cannabis Safe For Dementia Patients?

When we started ElderHealth we knew that one of our most important tenets of care was to meet patients where they were, as well as their goals. We quickly discovered that a lot of our patients were using medical cannabis or were interested in finding out more about it. We hit the books to find […]

We Can Do Better For Our Elders

Originally written for and appeared on Arizona Daily Star’s Local Opinion: We can do better for your elders The following is the opinion and analysis of the writer: Dr. Corinne Self “Anita tried to stab John with a knitting needle,” I remember my mom telling us over the phone when I was a teen. Aunt […]

10 Things You Need To Consider When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility or Adult Care Home

an older woman and man sitting on a bench outside an assisted living apartment building

There are many reasons why families make the decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility.  Medication, treatment, food, safety, accessibility to nursing assistance, hygiene, mobility, and care partner burnout are just a few reasons that it’s time to make a change. Beware! Not all assisted living facilities are created equally! We believe […]

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Not all movement disorders are Parkinson’s disease Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is an uncommon neurodegenerative disorder. It’s commonly misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. However, PSP is different from Parkinson’s in several key ways: Other common symptoms of PSP include sensitivity to bright light, slow or slurred speech, insomnia, depression, difficulty completing tasks, and difficulty problem solving […]