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Wandering and Behavioral Changes in Older Adults

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Santa Ynez Valley News on 6/17/2021 One of the toughest challenges of caring for an aging loved one is behavioral changes. Just as everyone ages, people also will change behaviors over time. These changes...

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Identifying dysphagia, seeking care

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Santa Ynez Valley News on 4/28/2021 The English language is filled with both simple and complex words. When someone uses an overly complex word in ordinary circumstances, they’re sometimes accused of...

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Learn a new hobby, stay sharp

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in Santa Ynez Valley News on 3/25/2021   These days, almost everyone does the “social” thing. Instagram this. Twitter that. Facebook the other thing. Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Skype, Whatsapp,...

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How to Avoid a Fall

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in PV News on 3/10/2021   I love watching little kids playing. They’re inquisitive. They haven’t yet developed the filters of political correctness. Most of all, they’re fearless. They run, jump, and...

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Names, Faces and Other Memory Challenges

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in PV News on 2/10/2021   I’m just settling into an easy chair in a private room with two clients. I open with a question, “Marjorie, do you know who I am?” “No,” she replies without hesitation. “But...

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Getting loved ones (and ourselves) the coronavirus vaccine

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in PV News on 2/4/2021 Each week I hold a support group meeting, founded to help local residents find direction and help with caring for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. I lead the...

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How to deal with the pandemic isolation blues

By Lauren Mahakian Contributing writer. Originally published in PV News on 1/13/2021 Borrowing from a famous quote by Mark Twain, the running joke is that reports of the death of the year 2020 have been greatly exaggerated. Sadly, the joke is laced with more truth...

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