Aging

health and cognition changes

Keeping an eye out for changes in health and cognition

By Miles Hurley | December 20, 2022

Many of us have family spread throughout the country who rarely get to see each other throughout the year. The holiday season often brings us together from near and far to celebrate. Unfortunately, this reunion can also be unsettling and cause for concern due to noticeable health and cognition changes in our loved ones. What…

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Blue Christmas

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…. or a Blue Christmas?

By Miles Hurley | December 13, 2022

The Holiday Season should be a time for celebrations, parties, and get-togethers. Sometimes the holidays can also be a source of sadness and “the blues”, especially for older people, who may find themselves thinking about how quickly time has passed and missing loved ones. Health conditions or concerns about money can also make it harder…

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Holiday gift ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas for Aging Adults

By Miles Hurley | December 6, 2022

Santa Claus will soon be coming to town! What are some holiday gifts that are especially appreciated by aging adults? Many aging adults have a bunch of ‘stuff’ already so what holiday gift ideas can make their life easier and more fun? Hot gifts for seniors Last year we posted a blog on technology gifts…

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music and Alzheimer's

Music and Alzheimer’s: What is the link?

By Miles Hurley | November 29, 2022

Eighty-eight-year-old Alice has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. She is non-verbal and lives in a memory care community. The community invited a pianist to play holiday songs for the residents. To everyone’s surprise, when the first few chords of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” began, Alice clapped her hands and hummed along!  How can this be?…

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Avoid holiday stress

Caring for someone with dementia? The best way for both of you to avoid holiday stress

By Miles Hurley | November 22, 2022

It’s Thanksgiving week and we have started feeling the excitement of the holiday season. We’re ready to gather with family and friends and enjoy parties, cooking, decorating and more. It’s supposed to be a joyful time but unfortunately, it can bring extra stress for many including those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and their caregivers.…

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Alzheimer's or dementia?

Is it Alzheimer’s or Dementia???

By Miles Hurley | November 15, 2022

Most of us know someone who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. The Hurley Elder Care Law team has all been touched by this disease…either through our relationship with a client diagnosed with dementia or caring for our own family members living with Alzheimer’s. Nationally, November is known as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. The aim is…

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Pet and animal assisted therapy

Pet and animal assisted therapy

By Miles Hurley | September 27, 2022

As we close out September and World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we will discuss a subject that will bring a smile to your face, pets. For those of us who have dogs as pets, there is no secret as to why they are often referred to as man’s (or woman’s) best friend. In addition to their…

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music therapy

Benefits of music therapy

By Miles Hurley | September 20, 2022

September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Hurley Elder Care Law works with many families with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s, and we have heard uplifting stories of therapies which have worked to comfort and help trigger happy memories for these clients. This week’s blog will examine the benefits of music therapy. Cognitive Benefits of Music…

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Engaging learning for retirees

Engaging Learning for Retirees

By Miles Hurley | September 13, 2022

Aaaah, retirement. For some, the mere thought of it conjures up visions of relaxing on the beach with a pina colada in hand, but for others it invokes feelings of dread. In reality, getting the most from retirement is hard work. It requires us to take a long, hard look at ourselves and decide how…

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Level the playing field

Level the playing field for women

By Miles Hurley | September 6, 2022

In last week’s blog we shared some surprising statistics showing women the importance of planning ahead for their long-term care needs. Some obstacles to proper planning we discussed are gender gaps, caregiving responsibilities and gray divorce. We have learned in recent years how important it is to pay attention to current and future legislation. There…

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