In the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s, your mom or dad will have no problem tying, zipping, or buttoning shoes. As the disease progresses, she may start to struggle with laces, buckles, buttons, or zippers. If that happens, you’ll need to look at shoes that are easier for her to put on.
Start Your Search With Velcro and Slip-Ons
When it becomes hard for your parent to fasten shoes, look at slip-ons. You want a slip-on that won’t come off easily, so you may need to rule out open-back clogs, sandals, and slippers. Sneakers that slide onto the foot are usually the most comfortable option. Many companies make slip-on sneakers, so you’ll find them in a range of colors, prices, and styles.
If your mom or dad has a hard time getting her foot into a slip-on… Continue reading
When a Minnesota couple vanished, family members hoped for the best. Their mom had a stroke, and their dad cared for her. When he was diagnosed with dementia, the family continued to check in on them each day. One afternoon, they simply disappeared.
It was days before the family got answers. Their parents went out for lunch and ended up trying to get to an old family cabin. Why they went there is a mystery. The SUV got stuck and the couple had no way to call for help.
One thing the family wants is for others to learn from this. Had there been a way to track the couple using GPS, they may have been discovered in time.
Understanding How GPS Works
GPS uses satellites to bounce signals to GPS receivers. These signals are calculated to determine how… Continue reading
Stairs are a problem for your dad. The bedrooms in his house are all upstairs. You worry about him climbing stairs at night, especially if the only bathroom is on the first level. He doesn’t want to move. An alternative to moving is to bring his bedroom downstairs. If there’s a den or unused living area downstairs, moving a bedroom downstairs is easy to do.
Here are some tips…
-Pick the Room to Convert
If there is already a bathroom on his first level, that makes things easy. If there isn’t, you’ll need to convert a room into his bedroom. Does he have a separate dining room that’s rarely used? Is there a den/office that tends to be the room used for storage? Either of those rooms can turn into a dining room.
-Things You Must Consider… Continue reading
Whether you have been a caregiver for your elderly parent for some time or you are just getting started on your care journey with them, one thing that you have likely thought considerably about is Alzheimer’s disease. You have probably reviewed the risk factors, considered what might make your parent particularly vulnerable, and learned the early warning signs to give you confidence that if your parent was suffering this condition you could identify it.
What you might not have thought about is how something such as an injury could influence this condition and your parent’s risk.
The truth is there are many factors that influence Alzheimer’s disease, and one that is not always thought of immediately is the history of traumatic brain injury. TBI is a leading cause of disability and death throughout the United States and… Continue reading
Falling is a problem for your senior not just because it can create an injury right then, but because falls contribute to future health problems for your loved-one. Helping your elderly family member avoid a fall can be as simple as going through this list and tackling each suggestion one at a time.
Talk to Her Doctor First
There are a few reasons that you want to make your first conversation a talk with your senior’s doctor. For starters, there may be medication side effects that you need to know about that could make your elderly family member more susceptible to falling. This conversation is also a good time for you to ask your aging parent’s doctor about her other risk factors related to falling.
Check Both Hearing and Vision
It might seem odd, but your aging family member’s hearing and her vision both impact whether she’s… Continue reading