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Taking medications when you’re older: Common problems and simple solutions

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The older you are, the more likely you take several medications. According to the American Geriatric Society, people over 65 buy more than 25 percent of all prescription medicines and 30 percent of all nonprescription medicines.

For many reasons, elderly people often have difficulty taking their medications as prescribed but we have some simple solutions that might help.

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How to Handle Family Conflicts When Caring for an Elderly Relative

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John was blessed with a large family. He would be the first to tell you so. Now that he is elderly and has dementia, his children are committed to seeing that he gets the best care possible. The primary responsibility for managing his caregiving falls to those who live nearby. For the most part, there have been few family conflicts.

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Finding Transportation For An Elderly Parent

Finding transportation for an elderly parent

When Bruce’s dad couldn’t drive anymore, it was a big problem for him and his family. Everyone either lived out of state or worked full-time. No one could provide regular transportation. They turned to an agency similar to Advantage Home Care to find transportation for him. The agency was able to provide a variety of services for Bruce’s father, including rides to the store and the barber, and sometimes just a pleasant drive to nowhere in particular, which he always enjoyed.

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You Can’t Argue with Someone Who Has Alzheimer’s

Diane with her mother and sister

By Diane Atwood, who writes the Advantage Home Care Blog.

My mother has Alzheimer’s. I try to learn as much as I can about the disease and how to handle the myriad issues that are always coming up. I know, for instance, that you can’t argue with someone who has Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia.

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How to respond when someone with dementia begs to go home

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It was heartbreaking. The moment he saw his wife, John would begin pleading with her to take him home. He had dementia and was living in a memory care facility. His wife visited him every single day. Listening to his repeated pleas to go home left her feeling guilt-ridden and exhausted.

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Meet Arleen DeNutte, Caregiver

Arleen Denutte, Caregiver at Advantage Home Care

During an 18-month period in the mid-90s, Arleen DeNutte and her husband lost all four of their parents. Together, with the help of other family members, they became loving caregivers for each parent during their final illnesses, one after the other. None of the experiences was easy. In fact, Arleen says they often felt overwhelmed, “but we were able to fulfill their wishes to stay home and I’ll always be grateful we could do it. I have memories I’ll never let go of.”

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