How to Hang Out With Someone Who Has Alzheimer’s

By Paula Spencer Scott, senior editor My 87-year-old Dad, who has dementia, had nine visitors recently: his grandchildren, who ranged in age from 4 to 17. Four of my own kids and my six nieces and nephews made a lively parade as they threaded through the halls of the care facility where he’s doing stroke rehab. Their chattering and… Read more »

Blood test predicts Alzheimer’s disease

(CNN) — In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease.

Westgate Center for Rehab & Alzheimer’s Care Joins National Health Care

BANGOR, ME, – June 1, 2014 – National HealthCare Associates, Inc. announced the acquisition of Westgate Center for Rehabilitation & Alzheimer’s Care into its portfolio of 40 nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living programs and centers. All centers are located within the Northeast.

Many commonly prescribed drugs taken by older adults can raise risk of falls

Half of the 20 most commonly prescribed medications taken by older adults may raise the risk of falls, according to new research. Painkillers and antidepressants were most strongly tied to a greater likelihood of being injured in a fall, the study of 64,000 Swedes over age 65 found. Severe injuries were significantly more common with 11 out of the 20… Read more »

7th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day – September 23

The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on September 23, 2014—the first day of fall. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. Click here for some great information on preventing falls for you or a loved one… Since Falls Prevention Awareness Day was… Read more »

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