As our parents age, we often find ourselves taking on new roles to ensure they’re well taken care of. If your parent is living with dementia, it’s important to understand how to best provide for them.  

Caring for a parent with dementia can be challenging, but there are ways to make it easier. First, you need to understand what dementia is and how it affects your parent. Dementia is a decline in cognitive function due to disease or injury. This can cause your parent trouble with memory, language, and thinking. They may also have changes in mood and behavior. It’s therefore important to be patient with your parent and to try to understand what they are going through.  

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There is no “normal” age for dementia to strike. It can’t be prevented, but the right care can help it to progress more slowly. One of the top reasons for home care services is they help dementia patients maintain independence and ultimately prolong their senior years at home with family rather than in a nursing facility. Here are some ways that professional caregivers provide support for people living with dementia.

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What Is A Silver Alert?

A silver alert is a warning sign for all sorts of emergencies, most commonly when there is a missing elderly person with an underlying medical issue. Silver alerts use the media and information from police departments to inform the public about the missing person. If you have any information that could help in finding these people, please contact your local authorities.

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When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a form of dementia, one of the most common issues our in-home caregivers recognize is getting patients to fall asleep. Sleep problems and dementia tend to go hand in hand and are a common source of stress for dementia caregivers.

When your loved one has dementia and has trouble sleeping, it could affect your sleep as well. Making sure your loved one can receive the rest they need will have a positive impact during this time of their life. So, how can you better manage these sleep problems?

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Driving is a hot topic for families that have senior adults who want to continue driving even after signs point to stopping. Driving is more than a means of transportation for many seniors: it’s often a way of staying connected and keeping interests alive. Getting to the store, to doctor’s appointments, going to the salon or the gym, seeing family and friends are engagements that are crucial to seniors who can otherwise become isolated or depressed.

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Though checking brain health is not a priority for many physicians, we at Kansas City Home Care would like to argue that it should be. Up to 640,000 Americans were recognized as having early-onset dementia in 2018. Those statistics do not capture the real numbers of people who have early-onset dementia, since many living with the disease go undiagnosed. Most people who are diagnosed with early-onset dementia are still working and functioning in the world.

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As dementia progresses, it becomes more and more difficult for loved ones to remember everyday responsibilities such as turning off appliances, or taking medication on time. Telling time can be a challenge, as can using electronics like cell phones and television remotes. Some people with dementia even begin to wander or get lost if they’re not monitored.

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Nursing homes can be a saving grace, or they can be the cause of worry and concern. Neglect, accidental death, mismanagement, substandard care—these issues reflect the worst of what nursing homes have to offer. An entire segment of the legal profession is focused on prosecuting wrongful deaths in nursing homes. In short, many families would feel more comfortable keeping their loved one at home. If only it were possible…

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Medication Management in Overland Park, KS

Looming large among issues facing seniors with memory loss is medication management. The opioid epidemic has affected the elderly community in a serious way. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has reported that between 2010 and 2015, elderly emergency room visits relating to opioid over-use have jumped 74%.

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