Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Self Employment Tax and Tax Breaks

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Self Employment Tax and Tax Breaks

Workers who perform in-home services for disabled or elderly individuals have special rules when tax time rolls around. But, understanding who the IRS considers the caregiver’s employer is one critical part of these tax rules that confuses many caregivers. If the caregiver employee is a family member, the employer might not owe employment taxes — […]

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10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients

10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients

Dementia can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family and friends. But maintaining those relationships and interests reduces the effects of severe cognitive impairment, leading to a better quality of life. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease impairs behavior, memory and thought. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s accounts for 50-80% of dementia cases. […]

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Aquatic Exercise for Dementia

Aquatic Exercise for Dementia

Today’s memory care communities strive to engage seniors with Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia on a variety of levels. One way to engage residents and keep them active is through aquatic exercise. More than having fun in the pool, water exercise classes can actually be therapeutic and beneficial for people living with neurodegenerative conditions. […]

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Pros and Cons of Doll Therapy for Alzheimer’s

Pros and Cons of Doll Therapy for Alzheimer’s

Doll therapy is one way Alzheimer’s disease caregivers try to ease anxiety and bring joy to loved ones with dementia. Learn more about how many caregivers have found doll therapy to be a good way to engage loved ones with a purposeful and rewarding activity, while other caregivers and health care providers are hesitant to use […]

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How Positive Environments Dramatically Affect Alzheimer’s

How Positive Environments Dramatically Affect Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease changes how seniors interpret their environment. Names, places and people they know become unfamiliar, leading to disorientation, stress and isolation. But creating a positive environment, conducive to a senior’s comforts and needs, can help reinforce well-being. Creating a Positive Environment for Seniors with Alzheimer’s As the Victorian Department of Health explains, Alzheimer’s makes […]

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A Sensory Room for Dementia

A Sensory Room for Dementia

Sensory rooms are special places for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to safely explore and stimulate all five senses. The rooms can be used for calming or stimulating, depending on the needs of your loved one. Read more about the benefits of sensory room therapy and how you can create your own sensory room […]

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How Sensory Stimulation Can Help Alzheimer’s

How Sensory Stimulation Can Help Alzheimer’s

Originally used as a therapy in Europe, sensory stimulation has gained prominence in the United States as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Using everyday objects, therapists can trigger emotions and memories in seniors who have lost their ability to connect with the world around them. Sensory Stimulation Therapy Sensory stimulation uses everyday objects to arouse one or […]

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5 Reasons to Make a Memory Box for Alzheimer’s

5 Reasons to Make a Memory Box for Alzheimer’s

For loved ones, parents or seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, a memory box can help recall events and people from the past. These memories can stimulate the senior, prompting conversation with loved ones.  Whether a family photo, newspaper clipping or other prop; memory boxes hold items that bring us back to a moment in time that we […]

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Dementia: The Memory Thief

Dementia: The Memory Thief

The dementia epidemic is looming. With no cure or effective treatment method on the horizon, researchers are looking back at what we have learned over the last 100 years since the first disease diagnosis, and looking ahead into preventing dementia — the memory thief — for future generations. Learn more about what we know about the […]

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