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How to Better Communicate with a Person with Dementia

Occasionally in the early evening, my phone will ring with my mom asking if I can take her home. These occurrences seem quite strange because she is at her home, the same home that she has been living in for the last 65 years. Each of these phone calls consists of my mother insisting that [...]

Getting Sick Can Worsen Dementia

Over a year ago, my mother’s dementia dramatically worsened after back to back illnesses. She developed a cold but recovered in about two weeks. A few days later, I found her extremely weak, confused, and short of breath. Thinking she may have pneumonia, I decided we needed to seek emergency attention through an ER evaluation. [...]

Is it Delirium or Dementia?

Before the start of my business as a health advocate, I was a physician assistant for the department of internal medicine. One of my responsibilities was to provide medical consultations to all patients admitted to the geriatric psychiatry unit. Many of the patients arrived at the unit experiencing significant behavior changes. Many patients displayed signs [...]

Men Can Be Great Caregivers Too

Over the last four years, I have been fortunate to witness some incredible acts of love by husbands and sons who have stepped up to become an amazing caregiver. They have taken care of their spouses with dementia and their mothers with cancer. Men have not often been raised to be the primary caregivers in [...]

Everyone Needs Time Off

There is nothing better than sitting on the beach, your toes in the sand, and good friends or family to share your day. So, take the time to plan ahead and enjoy your next vacation. If you find that putting together that plan is too overwhelming, reach out to Severino Health Advisors to help. The [...]

Five Traits of Surfers and Caregivers

Last week, I discussed the similarities between surfing and caregiving. This week, let’s take a look at the traits that I have found to be similar in both surfers and caregivers. To be a surfer or a caregiver, you need to have the following characteristics: Patience  Surfers have to be willing to wait for the [...]

Riding the Wave of Caregiving

I recently saw a video of a Brazilian surfer who broke the world record for the largest wave ever to be surfed. The wave registered 80 feet and his achievement set a Guinness World Record. The video was both exhilarating and frightening at the same time. I can’t imagine the courage required to attempt such [...]

Stroke Awareness: A Timeline for Acting FAST

Last week, I wrote about a client who had a stroke and needed my assistance. Mary, age 64, developed a sudden loss of speech and had some weakness on her right side. She had been visiting with friend in Atlanta, Georgia and was taken to a nearby emergency room. Over the course of the next [...]

Stroke Awareness Month: the Guidance You Need

*The names and identifying details in the following blog post have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.* Two years ago, I got a call over Labor Day weekend from a colleague who was visiting his wife in Atlanta, Georgia. His wife had been in Atlanta to visit a friend, and as he was [...]

May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month! Strokes kill more than 133,000 Americans every year. Having a stroke is also the leading cause of long-term disability. So, during the month of May, we bring awareness to the prevention of strokes, as well as the signs and symptoms of a stroke. A stroke occurs when a clot forms [...]