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    When caregiving becomes complex

    Posted 04/30/2021 by Fallon Health

    If your loved one's health declines, you may find yourself taking responsibility for complicated, difficult tasks that used to fall to medical professionals. "It's not unusual for caregivers to feel overwhelmed," said Linda Pellegrini, a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In her blog post, she explains which tasks are considered complex, how to find resources to help you and why it's imperative to take care of yourself.

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    The benefits of calling yourself a caregiver

    Posted 03/30/2021 by Fallon Health

    Talking about your role as a caregiver can be essential for maintaining clear understanding and communication between you and your loved one. By acknowledging the changes that are happening and the increased need for support, you can build a more effective relationship and a more mutually positive experience.

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    Managing the challenges of winter

    Posted 03/04/2021 by Fallon Health

    Many people find it hard to like winter. Add the challenges of caregiving in the age of COVID-19 to the cold, snow, ice and long nights, and this becomes a season that’s even harder to deal with.

    Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get through the cold months safely and even happily.

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    Interpreting puzzling behavior

    Posted 01/21/2021 by Fallon Health

    People living with dementia perceive their surroundings differently—and their perceptions can result in behavior that caregivers sometimes find hard to interpret.

    “If there’s someone in your life who is living with dementia, looking at their environment through their eyes may give you a better sense of how they feel and why they feel that way,” says Heather Dobbert, a Fallon Health Memory Specialist. “That can make a big difference in your ability to respond to how they’re acting."

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    Ideas for celebrating holidays during a pandemic

    Posted 11/23/2020 by Fallon Health

    How you can you enjoy the holidays when you can't be with your family and friends in person? Check out these suggestions for connecting with your loved ones to celebrate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    The value of early dementia diagnosis

    Posted 11/05/2020 by Fallon Health

    Even though a cure for dementia remains elusive, Memory Specialist Heather Dobbert always advises talking with a doctor if you think your loved one may be having symptoms. "There's so much to be gained by having a medical evaluation and discovering the specific reason for the symptoms," she says.

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    5 ways to prevent falls

    Posted 09/23/2020 by Fallon Health

    One in four people aged 65 and older fall each year. But paying attention to changes in health and mobility can help you reduce the risk of your loved one falling. 

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    Music program brings care partners closer even in a socially distant world

    Posted 08/27/2020 by Fallon Health

    As part of the Shared Voices choir, people living with early-stage dementia and their caregivers sing together in a fun, stress-free group. It's a good way to take time to appreciate each other’s company—while also developing friendships with people going through similar challenges.

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