To Manage Dementia Well, Start With The Caregivers

One of the most important aspects of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is understanding the diseases. The difficulty, Kales explains, isn’t the memory loss, per se, but the behaviors that accompany it — everything from anger to petulance to violence to depression.

“We think about dementia as a problem with memory, but it’s really behavioral. If you look at the medications being used, they’re all psychiatric and used to managed behavior: anti-psychotics, antidepressants, and sleep medication. Anxiety medication. We even use mood stabilizers.”

Yet despite the millions of dollars spent on these drugs, she says, study after study has shown that their efficacy in treating dementia is typically quite small.

FULL ARTICLE on NPR.org

Senior Helpers: About Us

At Senior Helpers®, our specialty is professional, warm and compassionate senior care that enables our clients to live independently in the comfort of their own home. Whether they need us for a few hours or around the clock, we’ll always provide the kind of quality and responsive care that lets them truly enjoy living independently at home. Our service schedules are flexible and we are non-contractual, so you don’t have to commit to a fixed length of time. After a thorough screening (more…)

Electronic Caregiver

Smart, Responsible, Convenient

Electronic Caregiver has been joining with families to protect the lives of their loved ones since 2009. Nearly 10 years of innovation has led to thousands of lives protected and saved.

Personalized Health Management

The Electronic Caregiver Company is proud to be the industry leader in innovation and technology, which enables us to provide features that help in the prevention of emergency use.

Features

Stylish Wrist-Worn Pendant

A fitness band style, submersible, emergency wrist alarm pendant with long range capabilities. This light weight, attractive safety device is worn 24/7 and provides reliable protection and because it doesn’t look like an emergency button, our clients love wearing it.

Activity Detection

Customized activity detection verifies you’re active. In the event you might be unconscious and unable to press a button, we’ll know something is wrong as an alert signals the emergency response facility.

Medication Management

Personalized, monitored medication reminders keep you on track with your care plan and if you don’t respond to the reminder, we can check to make sure you’re okay.

Family Caregiver Connection Apps

Both Android or iOS apps are available for family members who can be empowered with access to check on a loved ones whereabouts, check on system status or an event, or even send a personalized message or reminder.

EMT Operators

Our emergency response facility is staffed with licensed Emergency Medical Technicians. The most qualified operators in the industry will respond to your inquiries, notify responsible parties when a wellness check is needed, or notify emergency services during a crisis.

Stay-On-The Line Service

Our EMT operators stay on the line during emergencies, reassuring, advising and assessing, until a responder is actually kneeling at your side.

PocketMD

With PocketMD, you can connect with a doctor round-the clock 365 days a year. It’s easy, it’s affordable and like having a team of medical experts in the palm of your hand at all times.

For more information, contact Chris at SilverLink:
(512) 645-9423
chris@silverlinkusa.com

Live Well

by Standards Home Health

Guidance and support to maintain your health and well being on the journey of life. Healthcare support is provided by a core team of physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, and spiritual providers. Our clinicians are specially trained and certified. They are available 24/7 to provide support to you and your family.  Focused on Quality of Life.

5 Brain Fitness Tips to Help Slow Alzheimer’s

There is no surefire route to brain health, but research is pointing to some specific activities and behaviors as recommended components that help a brain-healthy lifestyle. Click below for a quick list of guidelines to help you live a healthier lifestyle and stack the odds in your favor of keeping your gray matter fit.

Care and Comfort at a Moments’ Notice

Caring for a loved one can be overwhelming, time-consuming and draining to your health – both mind and body.  Thankfully, there’s Senior Helpers non-medical in-home care.  With our responsive, dependable and personalized in-home care, you can feel secure your loved one is in good hands.

That’s Senior Care, Only Better.

  • Leading the industry in Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s Care
  • Committed to responding at a moment’s notice
  • Personalized daily plans that preserve senior’s independence and freedom
  • Care options ranging from full-time to occasional check-ins

For more information, contact Senior Helper’s Austin area Community Development Liaison: CGrant@seniorhelpers.com  (512) 645-9423

Austin Senior Health Home Care Event

Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm at Riverbend Church

Co-hosted by Alzheimer’s Texas and Riverbend. Responsible for the home care of a family member living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, or any other debilitating disease? Then this event is for you! Whether they’re living at home, in a facility, or far away, the journey can be daunting, and the responsibility overwhelming. We’re here to help!

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Senior Gems

Senior Gems® Helps Caregivers Assess and Provide Care for Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The Senior Gems® created by Senior Helpers®, is based on the Gems™, techniques, strategies, and overall approach to care which was created and developed by Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC. It is a method for identifying the characteristics of aging, from normal aging through the early and late-stage dementia with which many seniors are now facing.

More: https://www.seniorhelpers.com/centraltx/services/senior-gems

Power for Parkinson’s

ABOUT US

Parkinson’s disease doesn’t just affect the patients, it affects their family too. Our co-founders, Susan Stahl and Nina Mosier, have personally seen their families go through the pain.

They started Power for Parkinson’s® in 2012. In just 4 years, Power For Parkinson’s® has provided free exercise and dance classes to over 200 people weekly with class sizes ranging from 16-35 but some classes as large as 50. They believe our growth speaks to the need for these highly desired services in the Parkinson’s disease community. Power for Parkinson’s® participants have an improved sense of well being and report they are doing better physically, emotionally and socially. Once lacking motivation to exercise, our participants look forward to our weekly classes and social events.

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