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It is a natural instinct to jump into the caregiving role. What else would you do for someone that you love? If it is a parent, what better way to return the favor for them raising you? If it is a spouse, you vowed to take them in sickness or in health. Yes, you should…

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Brain Change Model This is the continuation of our series about connecting with a loved one, living with dementia, during the holiday and winter season. In the previous article about Diamonds, we discussed someone exhibiting the first signs of dementia. About half the time, the person and/or their loved ones, may not know they are…

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Brain Change Model This is the continuation of our series about connecting with a loved one, living with dementia, during the holiday season. In the previous article about Sapphires, we discussed someone exhibiting signs of dementia, but not actually suffering from the disease. Depression, as well as other possible culprits, are mostly curable. Dementia is…

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Brain Change Model NursePartners’ approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care is based on The GEMS™: Brain Change Model created by Teepa Snow. NursePartners recognizes the Teepa’s Positive Approach™ to Care as an effective method to provide care for loved ones affected by dementia. This approach categorizes dementia stages with six different gemstones, defined by unique…

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Give your thanks by showing them you care   This day each year, we gather to give thanks for another year. We are seeing some relatives for the first time in a while. At these reunions we usually put our best face forward. This is no exception for older adults.   The Positive Approach to…

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When is the right time for hospice? Many families wait too long to take advantage of this free benefit that complements home care services. Below we debunk a few of the common misconceptions: 1) Your relative is actively dying. False. Two physicians must determine that your loved one has less than six months to live,…

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The following excerpt is from the Alzheimer’s Association’s article about Food & Eating.  The complete article and webpage can be found here. During the middle and late stages of Alzheimer’s, distractions, too many choices, and changes in perception, taste and smell can make eating more difficult. The following tips can help: Limit distractions. Serve meals in…

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The most effective care begins with forming a connection, which includes meeting clients where they are in the disease process. The Tailored Activities Program (“TAP”) aims to reduce behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (“BPSD”). This is often what we struggle with as family members and caregivers. How do we engage the person with just…

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NursePartners offers a LGBT sensitivity training in additional to our base dementia (“GEM”) training. Why is the LGBT sensitivity training important? According to SAGE, there are 3,000,000 people in the U.S., aged 55 and older, that openly identify as LGBT. When providing care to this community, there is a distinct set of challenges and way…

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Healthcare Costs Attributed to Falls: The Pennsylvania Department of Health collects statistics for injuries that result in hospitalizations, per cause, per age group. In 2014, these injuries increased greatly for ages 45 to 64, decreased slightly for those 65 to 74, and increased again greatly for those over 75. Below are the results for three…

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