How to Deal with an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

—   Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia is almost always a devastating event – one that more than 7 million people around the world face every year. Both the patient and their family members are now faced with an uncertain future. Amidst the fears and anxiety, it may be hard... Read More

Staying Cool and Safe During the Heat of Summer

—   Tomorrow is the first day of summer and while this often marks a time of fun and relaxation for many, for some, summer means many days of uncomfortable heat and humidity. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related death in the United States, causing hundreds of... Read More

The Importance of Staying Engaged in Life

—   Numerous studies have shown that socialization is an essential element to healthy aging. Our need for connection is innate — humans are social creatures, after all. Isolation can lead to loneliness, which has been shown to have a serious negative impact on health, including increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke, and dementia. This... Read More

How Pets Can Increase Your Health and Well-Being

—   Most pet owners can tell you firsthand of the joys animals bring to one’s life. In fact, bring up the subject of their pet and many people will regale you with more stories than you probably were interested in. The connection between animals and humans has existed for millennia and research has confirmed that... Read More

How to Celebrate Your Mom on Mother’s Day When She’s Living with Dementia

—   Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Millions of Americans will be making brunch reservations, buying and sending flowers, and buying presents for their moms. But for someone whose mother is living with dementia, finding an appropriate way to celebrate the day may be a challenge. The day may no longer have any meaning... Read More

LifeCare Healthcare Highlight: Parkinson’s Disease

—   April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, nearly one million Americans live with the disease and another 60,000 are diagnosed with the disease each year. Despite extensive research on the subject, we still don’t know for sure what causes Parkinson’s disease. Many believe that it is caused by a combination... Read More

Elder Care: Retirement and Health Planning

— This is the first in a two-part series on key steps you or your family members can take to plan for a more comfortable living and financial experience in the later stages of retirement. Written by LifeCare Advocates’ CEO Kate Granigan, it originally appeared in Fiduciary Trust‘s online newsletter.  As most people are aware, life... Read More

Do Spiritual People Lead Healthier Lives?

—   The arrival of spring ushers in a variety of religious holidays – on March 31, Jews will celebrate their liberation from slavery during Pesach, or Passover. On April 1, Christians celebrate rebirth and renewal during the Easter holiday. Muslims begin a month of spiritual and physical cleansing on May 15, when Ramadan begins. While... Read More

Setting the Record Straight on Six Nutrition Myths

—   March is National Nutrition Month, so we thought it would be worthwhile to explore some of the “conventional wisdom” about the food we eat. We’ve all heard that fat is bad, we should eat more fish, and that eggs raise cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, much of this advice is just a part of the story... Read More