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Ways Caregivers Can Avoid Elderspeak with Seniors

Elderspeak occurs when someone in a senior’s life, whether well-meaning or not, uses language that talks down to an older adult by focusing on their age and ailments instead of what they can do and who they are. While elderspeak is often used unintentionally by healthcare professionals, it can have huge negative effects on seniors, particularly those who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Here are five ways caregivers can try to stay more aware of what they say and do so they can avoid elderspeak. Continue reading

Forgetfulness vs. Dementia

As we age, our bodies change. We lose some of our physical abilities, and our responses to certain things become slower. Loss of hearing or eyesight, decreased strength and stamina, and even some forgetfulness are all normal processes of aging. But when are these changes a sign of something more serious? What is the difference between simple forgetfulness and dementia? Continue reading