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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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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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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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Community Spotlight: Harmony Hospice & Bayada Home Health Care

ElderHealth would like to shine a spotlight on helpful community organizations that align with our mission and values. This month, we’d like to share our highest recommendation for Harmony Hospice and Bayada Home Health Care that provide end-of-life care services to geriatric patients in Tucson, Arizona. Every month, Harmony Hospice …

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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, …

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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 …

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