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Holidays with Dementia

Holidays with Dementia

By Dr. Nicole Didyk

Posted Oct 23rd, 2019 in Caring for Others, GERI-Minute, Planning Ahead

Holiday time can present a challenge when you have a family member living with dementia. Here a re a few tips.

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Should I Stay or Go?

Should I Stay or Go?

Posted Dec 31st, 2019 in Caring for Others, Legal

It may be selfish of a care partner to continue pushing their limits. Taking a break gives people the energy to keep going for the long haul that is dementia care.

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Driving While Royal

Driving While Royal

Posted Dec 17th, 2019 in Caring for Others, Legal

Losing driving privileges can result in anger, depression, interpersonal conflict, and lifestyle change.  It can disrupt the doctor-patient relationship and can strain family bonds. 

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Never make your family promise not to place you in long-term care!

By Dr. Nicole Didyk

Posted Dec 15th, 2019 in Caring for Others, Legal, Planning Ahead

It is natural to want to extract a promise from a family member who may be making decisions for you in the future, such as never placing you in long-term care. But is that fair, or realistic? How does the family member feel if they have to leave a promise unfulfilled?

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Intergenerational Housing and the Loner

Intergenerational Housing and the Loner

Posted Dec 3rd, 2019 in Caring for Others

There is a lot of research going on about housing for seniors and how we can provide optimal care.

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How to be a Geriatrician

How to be a Geriatrician

Posted Nov 19th, 2019 in Caring for Yourself, Caring for Others

A geriatrician can gather and synthesize relevant data to develop a diagnosis and treatment or discharge plan.

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Doll Therapy

Doll Therapy

Posted Nov 5th, 2019 in Caring for Others

Doll therapy involves giving a realistic baby doll to a person living with dementia, sometimes along with accessories and clothing. 

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Parkinson's Disease: More than Movement

Parkinson's Disease: More than Movement

Posted Oct 23rd, 2019 in Caring for Yourself, Caring for Others

Parkinson's disease is described as a movement disorder, but the symptoms can include more than just movement issues, such as sleep disturbance, changes in mood and thinking and autonomic nervous system changes.

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Flu shot facts

Flu shot facts

By Dr. Nicole Didyk

Posted Oct 23rd, 2019 in Caring for Others, GERI-Minute, Prevention

Think the flu shot is ineffective? That it can give you the flu? Get the facts!

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Why is gout so painful?

By Dr. Nicole Didyk

Posted Oct 23rd, 2019 in Caring for Yourself, Caring for Others, GERI-Minute, Aging Successfully

Gout is a crystal-induced inflammatory arthropathy, which is a fancy way of saying joint pain due to tiny crystals.

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