Driving with Dementia

The privilege to drive is a great symbol of freedom and independence—starting from the moment a teenager is granted their learner’s permit, and continuing through to an older individual being able to drive themselves to doctor’s appointments.  When a neurocognitive disorder affects changes in the brain, though, the risk of driving may outweigh the privilege to drive. This post is designed to help provide information and resources regarding making decisions on whether or not to continue ...

Alzheimer's Awareness

Each year, October 10th is designated as World Mental Health Day. It is an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage action. And while 2014’s theme was focused on schizophrenia, our focus on dementia and Alzheimer’s never ends.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are agonizing diseases; not only for the person diagnosed, but also for friends, family, and loved ones. And while each person experiences the disease in different ways, a universal norm is that that life can be significantly altered for everyone involved.

Whether you are the patient or the loved one, you should never feel embarrassed of the impact of Alzheimer’s on your life. If you are struggling, know you are not alone. These stories that we’ve discovered might give you the confidence you need to open up or reach out.

Fall Factors: Balance

Fall Factors: Balance...Both internal (body) and external (environment) factors contribute to falls. Body factors, consist of our sense of balance, muscle strength, flexibility, posture and muscle control. This post discusses our the sources of our internal sense of balance.

Fall Cause and Survival Introduction

In-home falls are often caused by hazards that are easy to fix. Unfortunately, easy doesn’t get done, and so these hazards are ignored and overlooked. Each year more than a third of adults over 65 experience a fall. Statistics collected by the CDC indicate that if you have one fall you are two to three times more likely to fall again. Falling is a slippery slope that could be easily avoided. To make matters worse, falls don’t just mean the minor pumps and bruises of youth. In seniors, falls ...