Alzheimer’s care

How a Common Over-the-counter Drug Could Put an End to Alzheimer’s Disease

Neuroscientists are suggesting...    if started early enough, a daily regimen of ibuprofen can prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. By Diane Berardi Gerontologist and Radio Talk show host of Parents Are Hard To Raise Available on demand on iHeart Radio A Vancouver-based research team led by Canada's most cited neuroscientist, Dr. Patrick McGeer, has

#44 Emotional Contagion

Have you ever noticed that you feel happy around happy people, sad around depressed people, or uneasy around anxious people? Research shows that if you spend enough time with people, their emotions will actually rub off on you. It’s called emotional contagion. And this week Diane shows how it affects caregivers and their

Diogenes Syndrome — Elder Hoarding

Diogenes Syndrome AKA: Elder Hoarding By Diane Berardi, Gerontologist Eldercare Expert   There’s something in our human nature that causes us to want to collect things. Some collect autographs, some collect coins, stamps or other memorabilia. Collecting can be fun. But as we grow older, there’s a chance our innocent pastime can turn into

Beginner’s Guide to Podcasts

What is a Podcast? Think of a Podcast as radio on demand. A podcast is essentially a radio show that you can get on the Internet, so you can listen anytime you want. Podcasts really aren’t that different than any other kind of radio program. The only difference is that

#41 Hypothermia and the Elderly

Do you remember how your mom could tell you were sick just by looking at you? This week on Parents Are Hard To Raise… Learn the subtle signs scientists are now saying can tip us off that a person is about to fall ill. Plus… learn why our aging parents might truly feel

The Dangerous Facts About Hypothermia and the Elderly

The cold hard facts about hypothermia is that our aging parents face this danger every winter. by Diane Berardi, Gerontologist  Older adults are especially vulnerable to hypothermia because their body's response to cold can be diminished by underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, some medicines including over-the-counter cold remedies, and aging itself. As

Prevention Of Pressure Sores Due To Incontinence

Prevention Of Pressure Sores Due To Incontinence By Diane Berardi, Gerontologist Incontinence is a common risk factor for pressure ulcers, especially in bed-bound and elderly. Urine and feces are caustic to the skin. Warm, moist skin is the perfect breeding ground for disease and can lead to rapid skin breakdown and the development of