Posts by Nancy Crowley, RN, BS

  • An Alzheimer’s diagnosis will have a profound impact on the individual and on the family system as a whole. The earlier the diagnosis, the earlier that treatment and planning options can begin to manage the symptoms of the disease.

    What You Need to Know About Alzheimers and Dementia

    By Nancy Crowley, RN, BS
    Published December 28, 2016 Alzheimer's & Dementia Care
    An Alzheimer’s diagnosis will have a profound impact on the individual and on the family system as a whole. The earlier the diagnosis, the earlier that treatment and planning options can begin to manage the symptoms of the disease.

  • Although Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, it is not the only cause. There are more than 50 documented causes of dementia. Alzheimer's disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Parkinson's disease can all cause dementia, and some vitamin and hormone deficiencies, and medication side effects can also look like dementia. It is essential that a medical diagnosis is obtained at an early stage when symptoms first appear to ensure that a person who has a treatable condition is diagnosed and treated correctly.

    What Can Cause Dementia?

    By Nancy Crowley, RN, BS
    Published January 18, 2016 Alzheimer's & Dementia Care
    Although Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, it is not the only cause. There are more than 50 documented causes of dementia. Alzheimer's disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Parkinson's disease can all cause dementia, and some vitamin and hormone deficiencies, and medication side effects can also look like dementia. It is essential that a medical diagnosis is obtained at an early stage when symptoms first appear to ensure that a person who has a treatable condition is diagnosed and treated correctly.

  • Signs of Dementia: While dementia affects every individual differently, there are some common signs that can be recognized. Should you see someone exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, be patient, communicate clearly, and listen.

    Recognizing the Signs of Dementia

    By Nancy Crowley, RN, BS
    Published November 30, 2015 Alzheimer's & Dementia Care
    Signs of Dementia: While dementia affects every individual differently, there are some common signs that can be recognized. Should you see someone exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, be patient, communicate clearly, and listen.

  • Starting January 1, 2016, Medicare will reimburse physicians for end-of-life care consultations with their patients. The final rule that created new billing codes for advance care planning as part of Medicare's physician fee schedule just went into effect on October 30.

    Medicare will Reimburse Doctors for End-of-Life Consultations

    By Nancy Crowley, RN, BS
    Published November 24, 2015 End of Life Care
    Starting January 1, 2016, Medicare will reimburse physicians for end-of-life care consultations with their patients. The final rule that created new billing codes for advance care planning as part of Medicare's physician fee schedule just went into effect on October 30.

  • Depression is a medical illness and as such has a wide variety of symptoms. Individuals with depression may experience some or all of these symptoms. As a caregiver have you recently experienced any of the following?

    Taking Care: Depression – The Major Side Effect of Alzheimer’s

    By Nancy Crowley, RN, BS
    Published October 14, 2015 Alzheimer's & Dementia Care
    Depression is a medical illness and as such has a wide variety of symptoms. Individuals with depression may experience some or all of these symptoms. As a caregiver have you recently experienced any of the following?

  • “End of life care” has been in the news more and more these past few years as journalists, researchers and healthcare professionals take on this formerly taboo subject. Raising the topic openly allows seniors to have frank discussions with their adult children and other family members, as well as their doctors, about what they want, and more importantly, don’t want as they near their final days. Here is a good overview of everything you need to know about Advance Directives to get started

    Everyone is Suddenly Talking about Death – and That’s a Good Thing

    By Nancy Crowley, RN, BS
    Published June 11, 2015 End of Life Care
    “End of life care” has been in the news more and more these past few years as journalists, researchers and healthcare professionals take on this formerly taboo subject. Raising the topic openly allows seniors to have frank discussions with their adult children and other family members, as well as their doctors, about what they want, and more importantly, don’t want as they near their final days. Here is a good overview of everything you need to know about Advance Directives to get started

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