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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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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 …

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Art Through The Ages, a Dementia-Friendly Event

The Tucson Museum of Art and Dementia Friendly Tucson have partnered to host an exciting event from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 23, 2022. With a focus on people living with dementia, this event will display beautiful art from local community artists in a dementia-friendly setting, including …

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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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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 …

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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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