Dealing with disgust

February 26, 2024 — The emotion of disgust is a natural response. It evolved to protect us from potentially dangerous, scary, or infecting situations. But when it arises in the course of caring for a loved one—you involuntarily gag, for instance—it may cause you both distress. Getting to the other side of the disgust response can lead to deep... Read More

Maybe it’s not Alzheimer’s

February 19, 2024 — “Dementia” is not a diagnosis in and of itself. It describes a collection of symptoms that involve memory and thinking that are enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause, but there are many other reasons a person might have dementia symptoms. Most of the conditions that cause dementia cannot be... Read More

Tech support for your relative(s)

February 12, 2024 — Technology has done wonders to help us stay connected with family members. But beginning users have to learn new terms and skills. In-person classes are often available through senior centers or the library. And AARP’s AgeTech Collaborative offers online video tutorials and classes through Even if you seek to provide less complicated devices, it’s... Read More

Burn and fire safety

February 5, 2024 — Persons over age 65 are 2.6 times more likely than the general population to die in a home fire. That’s alarming! Older adults most often incur burns at home, typically when cooking or bathing. The most common burn injuries are from scalding hot water or flames. Many factors contribute to an older adult’s high susceptibility... Read More