For Caregivers

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 …

Is Medical Cannabis Safe For Dementia Patients? Read More »

Earth’s Medicine: Nutrient-Rich Foods For Senior Health

As we age many of us start to have a daily medication regimen. Whether it’s blood pressure medication, thyroid, a diuretic or bowel regimen it seems like medications keep piling up. Medications are sometimes necessary and you should always follow your physician’s orders. More and more people are seeking non …

Earth’s Medicine: Nutrient-Rich Foods For Senior Health Read More »

earth's medicine

When To Start Hospice For A Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease

As our loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease progress in their illness, we may ask at what point it would be advisable to enlist the help of hospice. Hospice enrollment provides access to 24/7 care and support via regularly scheduled and as-needed nurse visits in person and by telephone. In Medicare’s …

When To Start Hospice For A Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease Read More »

How Sensory-Rich Experiences Can Help Caregivers Communicate Better With Dementia Patients

“Given the significant advancements in the field of neuroscience, it is now widely recognized that the different sensory-rich experiences human beings encounter every day help to ‘nourish’ the nervous system.” AJ Ayres, 2005 As anyone who has ever been around someone with a cognitive impairment can surely attest, communication can …

How Sensory-Rich Experiences Can Help Caregivers Communicate Better With Dementia Patients Read More »

The Dharma Box And Meaningful Communication

As a child, I kept a box under my bed as a place to hold items special to me. Some were gifts given by family or friends. Others were objects I called “my treasures,” objects perhaps found in a souvenir shop while on vacation, or by chance while out walking, …

The Dharma Box And Meaningful Communication Read More »

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

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 …

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

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

Reader Connections: The Walsh Family And The Power of Patience

In September of 2021, as I was reviewing charts to prepare for my initial visit with new members Frank and Pat, I noticed the name of a diagnosis I was unfamiliar with: progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).  Below Frank’s PSP chart entry was a note: “Laura, I was diagnosed with progressive …

Reader Connections: The Walsh Family And The Power of Patience Read More »

photo of a white horse in nature
Scroll to Top