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Posted: Oct 5, 2021

Dementia, Caregiving & Communicating

With SMH Geriatrics Program Coordinator Tanya Hofmann, MSN

As Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia progresses, communication becomes more and more challenging. What can caregivers do to improve communication and be more understanding of the dementia experience? Sarasota Memorial Geriatrics Program Coordinator Tanya Hofmann offers guidance.

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Posted: Jun 8, 2021

How To Talk about Hanging Up the Keys

With SMH Geriatric Medicine specialist Alan Grindal, MD

Whether the result of a chronic disease, such as Alzheimer’s, or just the product of normal aging, most of us will have to hang up our car keys eventually. Having a discussion about the eventual decision to stop driving is something that all families should do — just like drafting a will and making other end of life preparations. Here are some tips to help start the conversation.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2020

Managing Chronic Disease with Mindfulness

Written by SMH Rehab Clinical Social Worker Crystal Brooks, LCSW

If you or a loved one are living with chronic disease, then you know all too well the ups and downs that come with long-term disease management. Patients often ask what they can do to improve their recovery and wellness outcomes, and in every case, my advice is to be mindful. Try these tips to start being more mindful and enjoying better health. 

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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Running On Empty? Refuel with these Tips

Written by SMH Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, many of us are feeling overwhelmed, worn down and pulled in all directions. Here is a quick exercise you can do to relax and “refuel.” It takes only a few minutes, but the benefits are long-lasting, if you can do it regularly.

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Posted: Jun 8, 2020

Fall Prevention Amid COVID-19

Written by SMH Injury Prevention Coordinator Susan Williams

Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury and the main cause of death and disability in our senior population. But falls are preventable, not inevitable. Follow these tips from trauma nurse Susan Williams, RN, for a safe, smart, step-by-step approach to fall prevention in the age of novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

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