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Articles by Nancy Kriseman

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

“When you know one person with Alzheimer’s disease, you know one person.” This statement is what most professionals that work with people with Alzheimer’s disease would say. Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone differently. Let me try to explain the defining characteristics...  read more

Understanding Palliative and Hospice Care and How It Can Help

Most caregivers don’t really want to think about planning for end of life care with their loved one. Yet, adding palliative care or hospice as a part of a caregiver’s circle of support can make a huge difference for both the caregiver and loved one who is ill. Let me explain ... read more

What You Need to Know About Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities, sometimes called ALF’s, provide housing for those with chronic illnesses, most often elders.  It is important to note that there is not a standard definition of what constitutes assisted living care.  Assisted living environments are  ... read more

When Does Your Loved One Need Memory Care? 

I often get asked, "When will my loved one need momory care instead of assisted living?" Memory care is a specialized program that is designed for individuals with demential who require more structured activity and hands on than .... read more

Keeping your Loved One at Home

​I am sure that many caregivers have heard, “I would rather be dead than move out of my home.” So how do you determine whether your loved one can remain at home?  Be mindful of the following issues...  read more

How to Be an Effective Advocate When an Elder is in the Hospital

You get the call you have always hoped you wouldn’t get -- your 80 year old father has fallen, broken a hip, and will need surgery.  Unfortunately, asudden change in health status among elders occurs far more frequently than most people expect...  read more

Aging is a Family Affair

As a geriatric social worker, I like to tell my clients that “Aging is a family affair.” What do I mean by that?  When elders become frail, many may not be able to care for themselves.  At some point, family members may need to create a support network and ... read more