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Types of Dementia

Dementia isn’t a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. Dementia indicates problems with at least two brain functions, such as memory loss and impaired judgment or language, and inability to perform some daily activities such as paying bills or becoming lost while driving. There are several different types of dementia, now called Neurocognitive Disorders per DSM-5 guidelines. The most common types include: Alzheimer’s Type Dementia Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, with a gradual onset and slow progression. Ninety five percent
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Occupational Therapy’s Role In Home Health

Occupational therapy is an important part of any home health agency’s spectrum of care. Occupational therapy practitioners can have many roles in improving efficiency, implementing new administrative requirements, and optimizing outcomes for patients. Some patients have the potential to regain skills affected by their conditions. Other patients need strategies to prevent further loss of abilities. Regardless of specific diagnosis or condition, occupational therapy practitioners offer strategies for their patients to manage daily activities while reducing the risk of injury or further decline. Occupational therapy practitioners find the right fit between patients’ abilities, needed and desired activities, and their home environment
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Three Ways to Improve Conversations with Loved Ones Suffering from Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is an irreversible disease that causes one to have memory loss which can result in not being able to perform basic day-to-day tasks. This can be a scary situation for both the person suffering from the disease, as well as his or her family members. In order to communicate more effectively with the person, it’s important to understand Alzheimer’s and the process. There are 3 stages in Alzheimer’s – early, middle and late. The early stage is when the person is functioning independently, but is starting to have memory lapses. Friends and family start noticing difficulties, such as coming
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Surrogate Decision Making in Elder Care

Your elderly father has cardiovascular disease and has trouble getting around on his own. He sometimes needs help with cleaning, eating and dressing himself. A recent visit to his doctor resulted in a diagnosis of stage IV bladder cancer. The doctor recommends surgery to remove the tumor as well as chemotherapy. Surgery and chemo present foreseeable problems for your father and chances of him living longer than six months are slim, even with the treatment. While it is already painful to watch your father succumb to the cardiovascular disease, treating the cancer would drag him down to an all-time low.
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Top 9 Benefits of Home Health Care

If you have an aging parent, chances are you have spent endless hours worrying about their future. For many families, home health care is a beneficial choice—a safe and affordable solution that supports the family, while allowing your loved ones to stay in the comfort of their own homes. If you are caring for a loved one, here are nine ways home health care can support you: Home health care professionals can be there when you aren’t able to be. If you are caregiving from a distance, home health care can give you peace of mind. Trained and qualified professionals can
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