• 7 Ways to Reduce Stress during Quarantine

    1. Limit News Consumption Know the facts, but don’t overwatch the news and create more anxiety. 2. Practice Calming TechniquesWhether this is reading, watching your favorite TV show, or taking a bath, be sure to take time for yourself to relax.  3. Move Your Body Exercise is a great way to release tension in your body and take your mind off of things for a while.  4. Connect With Loved OnesSchedule a time to call, text, email, or video call a friend or family member.  5. Find Activities That Bring Joy Whether that’s listening to music or finishing a puzzle, find an activity that you enjoy. There are many online options for different activities,…

  • How to Live well even on a fixed Income

    For many seniors, the promise of adequate retirement savings and Social Security benefits creates a false sense of financial security. You might think your fixed income means you are set, but when you consider that the cost of living has increased 14 percent in just a few years, you may start to worry. Rest assured, you can still enjoy your golden years with financial fine-tuning. Get a New Insurance Plan Your mind and body change as you age, meaning more doctor’s visits, check-ups, and prescriptions, but this also means an increase in health care expenses. To help you save some money in the long run, now might be the time…

  • Do you Journal?

    Can Journaling Solve All Your Problems?Nowadays, journaling is a popular topic that enters many conversations. People are learning the benefits of journaling, how to create journaling habits, and the different ways they can use them. But it is also easy to assume journaling is going to solve all your problems. This isn’t the case, but it can...

  • 7 vitamins or supplements your Brain NEEDS

    With so many cases of Dementia just in the U.S. (over 5 million), the odds are good we all know someone who is affected. If you are like me, you want to do everything you can to reduce your chances of getting this terrible disease! There are so many benefits to keeping our brain healthy. A sharp and active mind can reduce your stress levels, help you recall information faster, and make you feel more engaged with life. That’s already a lot, but here are more benefits you enjoy when you have a fit brain: • You think faster • You are more apt to try new things • Your…

  • 4 Places to live Happy & Healthy in Retirement

    Although you may not be at a place where you can predict what you will need to live happily and healthily in your golden years — thinking about these options now can help you make the right choice later. To avoid jumping into a decision you may ultimately regret, you have to take stock of your physical and mental health and your financial means. Figuring that out sounds a lot easier than it is, so here are a few ideas to help you decide which place will help make your retirement feel more meaningful and complete. Independent Living Facilities Many seniors enjoy spending time in communities with similar interests, ages,…

  • Not Just Memory Loss

    Dementia is so much more than memory loss. Forgetting names, places, and words is just the tip of the awful iceberg. Dementia affects memory, behavior, speech, and much more. Understanding Dementia is easier if we pause and think about a few things we know. Let’s examine a few facts. Dementia is a brain disorder. Most types of dementia get worse, but not better. There currently is no cure. There are many different types of Dementia. Parkinson’s, Lewy Body, Frontal Temporal, vascular dementia, and Alzheimer’s, to name a few. They can start in one area of the brain and progress to others doing irreversible damage as they migrate. Dementia causes the…

  • 12 Most Common Warning Signs of Dementia

    Before we begin, it’s important we understand what Dementia is, and what it is not. Dementia is a term referring to an inability of the brain to function properly. It effects all areas of life since our brains are our body’s control center. When the control center is damaged, “normal” functions become more difficult, even impossible. Dementia is a term encompassing many different diseases including Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Downs Syndrome and many more. Dementia is NOT A NORMAL PART OF AGING. It is a disease. While there are many different warning signs of Dementia, following are the most common symptoms. 1)    Memory loss or Mild cognitive…

  • 10 Things to STOP Doing

    Today I’m suggesting 10 things you should STOP DOING as a caregiver of a loved one with some form of Dementia. (Notice I said “suggest”. The choice is yours.) 1) STOP THE GUILT TRAIN. Our guilt and sense of obligation can imprison us.

  • What will my Doctor likely Do If I’m having Memory Problems?

    What can I expect my Doctor to do? Going to the doctor can be stressful, especially if you are fearful of the diagnosis. When you are experiencing memory concerns, we can be especially fearful and/or resistant to see the doctor at all. Being prepared and having an idea what to expect, reduces stress and anxiety. I suggest getting a notebook or taking notes on your phone before and during the doctor visit to record information and suggestions the doctor may offer. Information for you to gather in advance will include: complete list of medications along with strength and dosages list all supplements or natural herbs you take a list of…

  • 15 Ways to Deal with Anger

    The best way to deal with anger is to avoid it in the first place. We see a person react in a disagreeable manner but we have to remember, they aren't making a conscious choice to do so if they have any form of Dementia. They have lost the ability to control their emotions. As a result, we as caregivers, must try to control the environment which can cause outbursts. 1) Distract and divert attention away from the cause of anger. 2) Simplify things for them. ​ Talk slower and explain each step. Example: I'm turning on the shower. I will get it warm for you. Here's a washcloth with…