Vascular Dementia

Grace Smith RN, BSN What is Vascular Dementia, one may ask, but it is not a specific disease per se, but a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a persons ability to perform everyday activities. Vascular dementia can also be described as problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes caused by brain damage from impaired blood flow to the brain, which means that part of the brain does not get enough of the blood carrying the oxygen and nutrients it needs because the vessels that carries the blood are narrowed or blocked. Vascular dementia is… Read More Continue Reading

Tips On Dementia Care at Home

By Grace Smith, RN, BSN Some dementia causes are irreversible but there is still some things that families can do to help their loved ones continue to function as much as possible. Creating a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for someone with dementia is of utmost importance. The following are tips that families of persons with dementia can use to help reduce some of the stress that they may have: Techniques for Dementia Care Daily Routine Following a daily routine pattern can be especially helpful for those dealing with general confusion; plan major activities around that time of day when your loved one is less confused or is more cooperative;… Read More Continue Reading
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Dementia Can Somehow Drive Friends and Family Away

It was approaching Christmas time when Darrell and his wife Melinda decided to just get away. This would be the first Christmas they weren’t home since their children were born. Both of their kids were done with college now with one of them married with their own child, and they lived a long distance away. For the past year, though, Darrell and Melinda had been trying to help her father who had been diagnosed with dementia two years ago. Melinda’s father had remarried and she didn’t have a very strong relationship with his spouse. However, Melinda understood there were going to be extreme challenges in looking after her father, but… Read More Continue Reading
Caring for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Caring for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

When Ronald Regan announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994, he joined one of approximately 2 million American’s suffering from this degenerative brain disease (Rothman, 2016). A little over twenty years later, we now have more than 5 million people who have been diagnosed and are in various stages of the disease process. Prolonged life expectancy, the number of baby-boomers reaching an older age, and the advances in science and early detection has all contributed to this increase. While scientists did not used to know nor understand what was happening throughout the process of this disease, Alzheimer’s is now known to be an excess… Read More Continue Reading
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Fall Prevention

FALL PREVENTION By Grace Smith, RN, BSN Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults 65 years and older. According to the CDC, 2.8 millions of older adults are treated in the emergency room each year, from injury due to a fall. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or head injury. When an elderly person falls, they may suffer from a broken arm, ankle, wrist or hip fracture. Head injury can also be fatal from a fall; it is also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). One of the main problems that we face when an… Read More Continue Reading