Simple Solutions for Diminishing Anxiety Levels in Dementia Patients

Nearly 90% of dementia cases exhibit behavioral changes such as apathy, agitation, anxiety, delusions, and to a lesser degree hallucinations. Managing these behaviors is difficult and stressful for family members to resolve and heartbreaking to witness. There are many family caregivers in need of and searching for any solution, permanent or temporary, that will help family members with dementia....


Medication Management: Creating a Consistent Medication Process

Taking prescribed medicine seems like a no-brainer. The instructions are right on the packaging and you create a habit of taking it at the same time every day- perhaps with a meal. That certainly is manageable for someone who takes one pill daily and needs no reminders. But add multiple prescriptions medications, taken at different times of the day and add cognitive impairment to the mix, and you...


EmpathiCare Village: New Vision for Patients with Dementia and other Neurocognitive Disorders

You may have read about the recent groundbreaking of the new S. Donald Sussman EmpathiCare Village, a innovative Memory Care Facility on the campus of Miami Jewish Health. After attending a preview there last week, I hesitate to use the word facility because it will be a real home to 99 dementia patients and a community for them and their family members. It’s a very exciting concept...


Meet Christine King: South Florida's Own Exercise and Health Guru

We know that remaining physically active as possible, no matter any physical limitations, is crucial to our total well being. There's a plethora of compelling evidence demonstrating that staying physically fit prevents or delays many chronic diseases, while at the same time, improving mood and reducing depression and cognitive decline. Introducing Christine King, of Your Best Fit,  a...


Tips for Visiting Parents In Long Term Care Facilities and Other Good Caregiving Tips

The Association of Long Term Care Planning ( has put together a list of tips for visiting parents in Long Term Care Facilities.  Their list was generated by 20 "experts" in the field and I'm thrilled to be part of this group. The tips range from communicating with your family member, to understanding the nuts and bolts of the facility. I think you'll find each and every tip...


GreyMatters: A Great Way To Share Memories With Older Family Members

If our childhood friend "Old McDonald" ran the iTunes store instead of his farm, he'd probably sing, "Here an app, there an app, everywhere an app-app!"  Today, there are hundreds of great Apple and Android applications that you can download for a better lifestyle. In my ongoing search for great applications and other resources for seniors and caregivers, I ran across GreyMatters. It's an...


Vitas Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Groups In Miami-Dade County

Here's an updated list of Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups (English AND Spanish) in Miami that are offered by Vitas Healthcare. For more information and to reserve to attend, please contact Norma Trabanco at 786-306-8450. VITAS: Kendall Office: 11731 Milles, Drive, Suite 400, Miami  33183: Spanish Support Groups: 2nd Tuesday of the month, English Support Groups: 3rd Tuesday of the...


What I Wish I Knew: The Importance Of Having A Trusted Resource While Being A Caregiver

It’s been nearly two years since my father died, and I ceased being an active caregiver. When I look back on my own caregiving experience, there are still things that make me very sad. Yet I’ve never been able to pinpoint what it is that disturbs me so. Until now, that is. Recently Lisa Huening of the The Shifting Path, a company in Northern California that provides guidance and coaching to...


Meet Elaine Ortiz, RN, And The New Adult Day Center Of South Florida

I receive many calls from Caregivers asking about Adult Day Care services for their loved one. And now, if you live in Miami, you’re in luck.  Elaine  Ortiz, RN has recently opened the Adult Day Center of South Florida in Palmetto Bay. The center offers a range of services and activities from nutritional snacks and meals, daily exercises, and games and puzzles, to Alzheimer’s...


The Benefits Of Exercise For Alzheimer's Patients

The other day I went to visit a friend who has Alzheimer's Disease at her Assisted Living Facility. She appeared to have declined since my last visit. She was walking very slowly and tentatively, she shut her eyes several times and had to be prompted to open them, and her voice was almost inaudible. So I went into trainer mode...we walked, climbed stairs and did chair squats for almost one and a...


The Difference Between Alzheimer's Disease And Dementia

I am often asked to explain the difference between Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Dementia. In a nutshell, dementia is a symptom, and Alzheimer's Disease is the cause. But the question deserves a much more thorough response, and Dr. Robert Stern, Director of Boston University's Alzheimer's Disease Center's Clinical Core (photo, left) provided this response to the question on their website.  ...


South Florida Easter Seals: A Gem For Alzheimer's Patients & Their Caregivers

We get many calls from Caregivers inquiring about Adult Day Care services for their family members with Memory Disorders. Our mission at Seniority Matters is to arm you with as much information as possible so that you can make good and informed decisions. So yesterday I visited the South Florida Easter Seals to learn more about the programs and centers they operate throughout South Florida for...


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