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Thoughtful Design to Help Those with Alzheimer’s Age in Place

A recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer quotes an interior designer who shares information she has applied to make it easier for her father who has Alzheimer’s to live comfortably and safely in his home. Mary McCreesh is not only a designer, but is also an aging-in-place specialist. What she has learned in her line […]

Safety and Communication – Two Reasons to Find a Solution for Hearing Loss

Many of us have friends or parents who are hard of hearing. It is not only a challenge in everyday communication and personal safety, but recent studies have shown that hearing loss can exacerbate the development of dementia. This is another reason why solutions should be pursued to improve hearing if possible. Hearing aids work […]

Caregivers Can Help Keep Wanderers Safe

There are many challenges that come with Alzheimer’s disease, and wandering is one of the most disconcerting for families and caregivers. When loss of memory and the resulting confusion sets in, those with Alzheimer’s may find themselves lost and unable to find or receive help, even if the surroundings were at one time familiar. According […]

Osteoporosis Risk Factors & Prevention

Few of us worry about our bones’ fragility until a fracture occurs. While osteoporosis cannot be cured, new treatments are being developed and approved as this disease increasingly affects our aging population. Dr. Maja Visekruna, MD, CCD, makes the point in a recent article in the Minnesota Health Care News that the more we build […]

Is Multi-Generational Living Right For Your Family?

In recent years, more and more families have found it to be advantageous to include several generations under one roof. In addition to one or two parents, the household may include younger children, children who have graduated from college and/or are working, as well as grandparents. There are pros and cons to combining multiple generations […]

Thinking ahead – Bathroom accessibility alterations

As the baby boomer generation gets older, many are thinking ahead to the future. An accessible bathroom may make the difference between being able to stay in a long-time home, or having to move to somewhere more functional for changing needs. Remodeling a bathroom before it’s needed can make a bathroom work better not only […]

Knowing Your Meds – Helpful info for Parkinson’s Patients

On August 20th the New Mexico Parkinson’s Coalition sponsored a very informative workshop for Parkinson’s patients and caregivers, hosted by the Highland Senior Center in Albuquerque. The two pharmacists who shared their time and expertise were Emily Reynolds and Doreen Rosenberg. Ms. Rosenberg has personal experience with Parkinson’s herself as well as her experience as […]

Falls are the Biggest Reason Elders Lose their Independence

Falls by older adults are the main reason why seniors lose their independence. New Mexico has one of the highest fall-related death rates in the U.S. Only 25% of those who are hospitalized due to falls return to their homes. However, falls do not have to be a ‘normal’ part of aging, according to fall […]

Fall precautions for seniors can save lives

In the newest issue of Prime Time Monthly, Eugene Sun, MD, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, talks about the importance of fall prevention, particularly for the elderly. People of all ages can fall but the risk of falls for seniors can have especially serious consequences. A bone fracture is the […]

Beginnings of Companion Care – Serving Holocaust Survivors

The first Companion Care was founded in Lafayette, California in 1997 by Jan Schuh’s daughter, Barbara.  She had developed an interest in Judaism and made several visits to a nearby Jewish synagogue.  On one of her visits, she befriended Ruth Steiner, a Holocaust survivor.  Ruth had become a philanthropist and initially hired Barbara as a personal assistant […]

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