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Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in Alzheimer's/Dementia, Anxiety, Counseling, Elderly, Family, News

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic and progressive disorder that mainly affects memory and retaining power of the brain. As the disease progresses, it interferes with everyday tasks, social skills and ultimately starts degenerating brain cells and tissue. It affects intellect, daily chores, social interactions and memory of the most basic learned activities. It is a part of a group of disorders known as dementia, and all of them cause problems with memory, intellect and social behavior. Although there is no known cure for the disorder, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of its onset. Signs and symptoms to look out for Alzheimer’s disease Although each patient is different and reacts differently to changes in the brain, there are some symptoms that are common to most Alzheimer’s patients. Confusion and forgetfulness in day to day activities. Trouble following numbers and working with simple calculations. Forgetting recent information like appointment dates, new chores or names of new people. Recent memories are affected the most at first. Inability or...

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Posted on May 27, 2015 in Counseling, Depression, Elderly, Family, News, Seniors

Depressed Elderly: How to Recognize the Symptoms

There are many misconceptions about depression. One myth is that real men don’t get depressed. The truth is, notions of masculinity have prevented men from speaking about their problems when they are depressed. Similarly, some people find it difficult to believe that elderly people can also be affected by depression. The elderly are more susceptible to depression than young people because many of them are retired, have lost their loved ones, are lonely or isolated, are in pain or not keeping good health. These conditions can lead to depression. If you see an elderly person suffering from sadness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, extreme weight loss, appetite loss, with no interest in hobbies, increased use of medications or alcohol, loss of self-worth, social withdrawal, it may be a sign that he or she is depressed. There are many reasons why an elderly person may start showing symptoms of depression. Symptoms of Depression in the Elderly Health issues: Chronic pain, disability, illness and cognitive decline can lead to depression. Reduced sense of...

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Posted on Apr 10, 2015 in Elderly, News, Seniors, Therapy

Benefits of Therapy for the Elderly

The elderly face later-life problems and the many changes brought about by this stage of life. Retirement, loss of a partner and health problems are some of the changes that are common in old age. These are changes that can result in complete turnaround of life as they know it. This can lead to sadness, depression and other physical illnesses. One way to ease the transition into the senior years is through therapy. Making sense of therapy for senior citizens Therapy is not necessarily only for the young. Now with better quality of life and advancement in medical care, more and more people are living well into the golden years. Why not live these years happily rather than suffering for lack of coping skills? Counseling sessions with an experienced therapist can greatly help those seniors who are struggling to cope with the pressures of a changing lifestyle or those who are battling depression. This is the first step in maximizing the therapy benefits. When you can accept that therapy...

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