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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While there is no recipe for knowing exactly when the time is right to add in-home care to help a loved one, some indicators can serve as strong signals. Memory loss caused by dementia and Alzheimer’s can have an unpredictable progression. Planning for eventualities will insure that putting elder care into place is more fluid.

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