Medications: A Double-Edged Sword Posted By Nannys For Grannys Senior Companion Care “Any symptom in an elderly patient should be considered a drug side effect until proved otherwise.” Brown University Long-term Care Quality Letter, 1995. Modern medicines have contributed to longer life spans, improved health and better quality of life. Medications are the most common […]

Nannys for Grannys Senior Companion Care Serving our Seniors with Qualified Certified Caregivers From Montauk to Manhatten and all of Long Island and throughout NewYork and the Five Boroughs Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person with Dementia We aren’t born knowing how to communicate with a person with dementia—but we can learn. Improving your […]

What to look for? Incontinence | Common Signs Wets the bed at night Has difficulty finding the bathroom. Cannot get to the bathroom on time Mistakes other objects for toilets (e.g. wastebaskets) Forgets where the bathroom is Loses control of their bladder Loses control of their bowels Incontinence | General Description As Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s […]

Eating disorders What to look for? Eating (problems with) | Common Signs Refuses to open their mouth Refuses to chew Refuses to swallow Has difficulty chewing Has difficulty swallowing Needs assistance with feeding Needs prompting when eating (e.g. to pick up utensils, put food in their mouth) Has difficulty telling temperature of food (e.g. hot […]

What to look for? Balance | Common Signs Can sit unsupported but cannot reach for something, or withstand a nudge Can stand unsupported but cannot reach or bend Cannot sit unsupported Cannot stand unsupported Loses balance Balance The ability to sit or stand upright without falling over or slumping into a potentially dangerous position. when […]

The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is a very common question and a source of a lot of confusion since the two terms are often used interchangeably. They aren’t interchangeable. Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are two very different things. The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s is that Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia. Dementia […]

What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as […]

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Social Security is part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker. If your elderly parent was in the workforce (even part time for very low wages) for at least 10 years, they are likely eligible for some Social Security retirement benefits. And if either spouse in a married couple worked for wages, or […]

There are several reasons seniors look to make a change in their living arrangements. Many seniors are often house rich and cash poor and unable to maintain their home financially anymore. In addition, many find they lack the physical stamina needed to run their home the way they used to. Seniors may feel the need […]