Is It Dementia, or Just a “Senior Moment?”

 November 5, 2020 by Dean Bellefeuille


You completely forgot about the doctor’s appointment scheduled for last Wednesday, misplaced your glasses for the umpteenth time, and can’t recall the name of your new neighbor for the life of you. Is all of this just a normal part of growing older, or could it be the start of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia? (more…)

How to Safely Dispose of Expired/Unwanted Senior Medications

 October 20, 2020 by Dean Bellefeuille

Senior Medications

With many seniors taking multiple prescriptions, and with doctors adding and changing medications and dosages to determine the perfect solutions, it is critical to know what to do with medications that are no longer needed or which have expired. There are several options: (more…)

Dealing with Dementia Behaviors: Refusal to Change Clothes

 October 14, 2020 by Dean Bellefeuille

Dealing with Dementia

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia requires creativity, patience, and empathy, being able to step away from your individual logic and reasoning and realize why a specific behavior is occurring, and then to know just how to effectively deal with dementia behaviors. That is certainly the case with an older adult who will not change his or her clothing, no matter how dirty or unkempt an outfit has become. (more…)

Is Home Care Safe for Seniors Now?

 October 8, 2020 by Dean Bellefeuille

Safe for Seniors

Looking at the past several months, family caregivers have had to manage seemingly unsurmountable challenges associated with the care of the older family members they love. With COVID-19’s specific dangers to seniors and people with underlying health concerns, such as COPD, diabetes, heart problems, and others which can be common in older adults, families have struggled with how to best protect and keep their older family members safe. (more…)

Your Guide for Responding to the Disinhibited Behaviors Common with Alzheimer’s

 September 18, 2020 by Dean Bellefeuille


Disbelief. Shame. Awkwardness. Discomfort. Each one of these feelings can cycle through a family caregiver’s mind when a senior with dementia showcases disinhibited behaviors, such as:

  • Rude or tactless comments
  • Inappropriate sexual remarks or advances
  • Removal of clothes at improper times
  • Other socially unacceptable actions


Fall Prevention and Building Confidence Go Hand-in-Hand. These Tips Can Help.

 September 14, 2020 by Dean Bellefeuille


While circus clowns and comedians may stir audiences to laughter over such stunts as slipping on a banana peel, there is nothing funny about falling when it comes to the elderly, who are at an elevated risk for serious injuries which could bring about a lengthy rehabilitation process. Not only that, but there’s a lesser known complication that typically arises from a senior’s fall: a fear of falling again which can be extreme enough to impact quality of life and health. (more…)

Is Now the Right Time for that Postponed Elective Procedure?

 September 8, 2020 by Dean Bellefeuille

masked senior man talking with healthcare professional

The COVID-19 pandemic put our world on pause, including, among a great number of other activities, medical appointments and procedures. In fact, approximately one-half of all adults either canceled or put off routine medical care and elective procedures since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, leading physicians to grow concerned about the effects. (more…)

The Accidental Discovery That’s Curing Mice of Parkinson’s Disease

 August 27, 2020 by Dean Bellefeuille

Parkinson's Disease

Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine who thought they were examining connective tissue cell protein got quite a shock when they instead stumbled upon a treatment to eradicate the observable symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in mice. Not only that, but the treatment could potentially be useful in many different conditions that call for the need to replace damaged tissue: diabetes, spinal cord injuries, even coronary disease. (more…)

Family Caregiver Tip: How to Manage Delusional Behavior in Loved Ones with Dementia

 August 20, 2020 by Dean Bellefeuille

Concern for Dementia

It can come seemingly out of the blue: you put your loved one’s favorite tuna sandwich on the table – light on the mayo, no onions – something which usually brings her happiness. But this time, she pushes the plate away and refuses to take a bite, insisting that you’ve poisoned the meal. (more…)