By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? People who experience a fear of falling often limit their physical activities, which can result in loss of strength, reduced muscle tone and balance problems, making the risk of falling greater.

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans? Falls are costly, in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.

By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health                                

Caring for someone with dementia presents many challenges. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive biological brain disorder that makes it difficult for them to take care of themselves, think clearly, remember things, or communicate with others. The following are some useful communication strategies to use when caring for a person with dementia.

It feels like during the winter all we want to do is stay cozy in our houses and hibernate. But how can you tell if a loved one is exhibiting normal winter sloth or if there is something more occurring inside? And if something more is occurring, what can you do to help them as they begin to enter a new stage of life. Our February workshops will teach you what warning signs you should be on the lookout for, and what behaviors might be abnormal. Read more about them below. 


Alzheimer’s disease accounts for about 60-80 percent of all cases of dementia. There are about 47.5 million people worldwide who suffer from dementia, with the number expected to continue to rise in the coming years.

Imagine a speaker so talented that she can speak for two hours to a mostly senior citizen-aged audience of 300 about a subject as depressing as dementia and keep them laughing most of the time, and at all times fully engaged in her message.

Teepa Snow was invited by Park Ridge Health and Mountain Home Care to do just that in two presentations at the Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden, “Learning the Difference Between Confrontational and Supportive Communication,” and “Understanding Yourself as a Caregiver: What Do You Need to Keep Going?”

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