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By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on January 23, 2015

When it comes to dementia and depression, doctors have been having the age-old chicken and egg debate, trying to determine which comes first. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 40 percent of those with Alzheimer’s experience depression, indicating a link between the two. While some theorize that depression is an early…

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on January 16, 2015

In the last few years, a number of gadgets have hit the market, offering rehabilitative assistance for those who have experienced a stroke. These devices are primarily focused on returning stroke survivors to a higher level of mobility and independence as one major issue that many survivors contend with is…

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on January 9, 2015

Memory gardens are fast becoming a common feature in nursing homes and senior living facilities throughout the nation. A memory garden is a special, outdoor area that offers multiple forms of stimuli for aging populations. The visual, tactile, olfactory and auditory stimulation that these creations provide can be especially beneficial…

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on January 2, 2015

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Council on Aging, when seniors were asked what is the most important aspect of maintaining a high quality of life, staying connected to friends and family was the top choice, ahead of having financial means. The survey continues to support the…

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on December 26, 2014

While devoted family members often step up to provide Fairfield home care to their aging loved ones after an illness, hospitalization or advance diagnosis, the job can be quite overwhelming. In fact, because many caregivers selflessly focus all of their efforts on caring for aging loved ones, their health and…

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on December 19, 2014

During the holidays, the temptation for sweets and unhealthy foods is everywhere. For seniors that must adhere to a strict diet plan because of an age related illness or condition, this time of year can be especially frustrating for finding something healthy and delicious to eat on the holiday table….

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on December 12, 2014

As a family caregiver, you take on a lot of responsibility, including financial responsibility. In addition to meeting your loved one’s care needs, you may need to reexamine your finances and how you will be able to support your parent or loved one, especially if you have given up employment…

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on December 5, 2014

Unlike typical dementia that develops naturally as individuals age, Alzheimer’s disease is a specific disease process that targets the tissues of the brain. The presence of specific cerebral changes is the hallmark for a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. If you have an aging parent or loved one that has recently been…

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on November 28, 2014

The image of impoverished people in faraway lands who are malnourished is a staple of every ad for donations to overseas charities, but the problem is much closer to home than many realize and most notably afflicts the elderly in shockingly high numbers. A recent study in the Annals of…

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on November 21, 2014

Although most people assume that women most often care for elderly parents, an increasing number of men are providing assistance to meet the needs of their elders. In fact, some studies report that as many as 40% of family caregivers are men, a large increase that has slowly risen in…