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  • "Not only have you built an organization based on intelligence and experience, your staff members have always been dedicated, professional and compassionate. If it weren't for Senior Alternatives I would have had to move my mother and father a long time ago."
    — Long distance adult child

    Wandering and Dementia

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

    The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 60% of people suffering from dementia will display symptoms of wandering. Wandering can be dangerous and will often require a variety of interventions or supervision to keep them safe. In this blog we explore the most common forms of wandering, possible remedies for wandering, and how to correctly respond.

    Wandering Aimlessly in the Home Environment

    When a person wanders aimlessly throughout his or her own home, it is often a sign of agitation or restlessness. For these individuals, providing regular exercise may help to reduce the restlessness.  Engaging them in pleasurable activities at which the person can feel successful and accomplished can also be helpful.

    Symptoms of a Heart Attack

    Monday, October 15th, 2012

    Despite what we often see in film, television, and other media, heart attacks do not always come with sudden, crushing chest pain. In fact, approximately 1/3 of people who have suffered from a heart attack reported no chest pain at all.

    The warning signs for a heart attack are not the same for everyone. Many heart attacks can start slowly with mild or no pain. In this blog, we will explore how the symptoms differ for men and women, and what to do if you experience these symptoms.

    Symptoms of a heart attack for men:

    When is Withholding the Truth Therapeutic?

    Monday, October 8th, 2012

    Mom, who has Alzheimer’s disease, asks you when you will be taking her back to her home in Portland.  The problem is, Mom now lives with you and her home in Portland was sold years ago.  How do you respond?  While most of us have been taught to “never tell a lie,” especially to our parents, this advice may be counterproductive when caring for someone who suffers from moderate dementia.

    Symptoms of a Stroke

    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

    Strokes are the fourth cause of a death in America, and a leading cause of adult disability.  A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, disrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Stokes can vary greatly in severity depending on the area of the brain affected.

    Symptoms of a Stroke:

    1. Sudden numbness, weakness, loss of movement ability in your face, arms, or legs. These symptoms will usually happen on only one side of your body.
    2. Vision changes and sudden trouble speaking or understanding conversation.
    3. Problems walking, keeping balance, and depth perception.
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