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Thriving Through the Holidays: Tips for Caregivers

What comes to mind when you hear the question, “So, what are you doing for the holidays?” The holiday season offers an opportunity to celebrate and gather, whether cooking and sharing meals with loved ones, participating in faith-based services, volunteering for local community organizations, or exchanging gifts. Yet for those …

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The First of Its Kind in Arizona, Dementia Villages Are Coming to Tucson!

Dementia Friendly Tucson is a newly formed nonprofit organization that hopes to create a version of dementia villages available for the growing population of memory care patients, their families, caregivers, and providers. Dementia Friendly Tucson’s founder is Kim Shea, PHD, RN, CHPN who has worked in various roles within the …

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Music And Art Therapy: Stories of Cognitive Disorder Breakthroughs

Excerpts from the Heart At Home newsletter from ElderHealth How Music And Art Can Help Memory Care And Aging in Place We knew we had to go beyond the limited Western medicine toolbox. For instance, if antidepressants are not working, maybe supportive counseling, pet, music, or art therapy could help. …

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Reader Connections: Lessons Learned

Written by David Luery, ElderHealth Member In March 2020, my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s by a neurology practice here in Tucson. Like most neurology practices, they were not equipped with the support services that can be so helpful for both patients and family caregivers. At the outset of my …

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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 …

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Press Release: Daughter-Caregiver Greatly Improves Elder Care At Home With ElderHealth’s Geriatric Telemedicine Consultations; Now Available To Arizona Residents

ElderHealth is a medical practice that specializes in geriatric primary care based in Tucson, Arizona; now offers statewide geriatric telemedicine consultations that go beyond the diagnosis with a second opinion and expert advice on prescribed medications, aging in place, cognitive care, and caregiver support within one appointment or as many …

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How Sensory-Rich Experiences Can Help Caregivers Communicate Better With Elderly 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 …

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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 …

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Talking to Kids About Dementia on Banner Health’s Dementia Untangled Podcast With Dr. Corinne Self & Melissa Koon

This week ElderHealth’s Dr. Corinne Self and Nurse Practitioner Melissa Koon were featured in Banner Health’s Dementia Untangled podcast. In the podcast, we discuss easy ways to talk to children about “grown-up” topics like neuro-cognitive disorders that affect our family relationships and community. We discuss the best way to explain …

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