New Findings on Brain Plaques and Alzheimer’s

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If you have a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer's, you know just how damaging the disease can be. It can be difficult to watch a senior in your life lose their memory and their sense of self. You may feel that there is nothing you can do to help or slow down the process. While it may seem that all hope is lost, there are new medications and studies on Alzheimer's that are giving new hope to those who suffer from it. New Drugs for Alzheimer's Patients For years... Click to Read More

Choosing Our Exit

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A few days after our friend Jim’s* funeral, my husband and I took Helen*, his widow, out for lunch. Jim’s death was not easy. He had suffered through years of treatment for cancer that had started in his lungs and spread throughout his body. When I asked  Helen how long he’d been in hospice, I was stunned when she said, “Four days.” She must have read the surprise on my face, as she quickly added, “He refused to accept that he was dying, and whenever I tried to talk... Click to Read More

Navigating Difficult Discussions with Aging Parents

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Navigating Difficult Discussions with Aging Parents Taking care of an aging parent can be a difficult task. We all want our parents to be happy and comfortable, but that can be hard with the challenges of aging. As we age, sometimes stubbornness becomes a more significant part of our personality. Below are some ways to navigate difficult, but necessary conversations with seniors who you’re caring for. Insurance Most people don’t like talking about money, especially if they’re relying on other people for financial, emotional, or physical support. As a caregiver, it’s... Click to Read More

What You Need for Live-In Overnight Home Care

When it is time to consider more than companion care, then it is time for live-in overnight home care, but before you take this step there are a few things you need to have in place before bringing someone into your home. What You Need for Your Overnight Caregiver: Practical Aspects Before you have someone come to your home to provide overnight care for your loved one, be sure to have a few things ready for their arrival: A Room of One’s Own: First, and most importantly, you will need to... Click to Read More

Brain Injury in Seniors: Warning Signs to Watch For

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Regardless of your age, the leading cause of brain injury is the same: suffering a fall. But because about one-third of seniors will fall every year, seniors are at a much higher risk for a traumatic brain injury. Even without sustaining injuries from a fall, having suffered a couple blows to the head over a lifetime can take a toll on a person. Even a minor brain injury is still a brain injury, and all brain injuries can put you at risk later in life. That’s why it’s... Click to Read More

Breast Cancer in Men Over 50: What You Need to Know

Regardless of your gender, every person is born with some breast tissue. While men develop less breast tissue than women, the fact men have any at all means they’re vulnerable to breast cancer. While nearly one in eight women will face breast cancer over the course of their lives, a man’s risk of breast cancer is closer to one in 1,000. That may sound encouraging, but lowered risk has also meant lowered awareness of breast cancer for men, which can lead to a delayed diagnosis and a less... Click to Read More

Breast Cancer: 3 Different Types of Mastectomies Women Should Know About

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Breast Cancer: 3 Different Types of Mastectomies Women Should Know About If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer there is a chance you may require a mastectomy. While most women are familiar with the concept of a full or partial mastectomy there are actually several different types of mastectomies that you should be aware of before you and your doctor make a decision about what is best for you. Types of Mastectomies The traditional mastectomy removes the central breast skin. This includes the areola and nipple as well as the... Click to Read More

Seniors Living Longer: The Importance of Family

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Seniors Living Longer: The Importance of Family The importance of having a close connection with family members may seem obvious, but new studies show that, for seniors, it can mean the difference between life and death. Add in genetic factors and family plays a more important role in the lifespan of a senior than once was thought. Friends and Family: Which Are More Important For Seniors? While it is certainly a good thing to have a strong social network as an older adult, if it is made up solely of friends,... Click to Read More

Exploring the Link between Dementia & Depression in Seniors

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Exploring the Link between Dementia & Depression in Seniors Health care professionals who work with seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will tell you that depression is a common among those living with this debilitating disease. But interesting new research seems to suggest there might be more to it. Researchers are exploring the idea that depression that worsens over time might be linked to a higher incidence of dementia later in life. In their study, participants whose symptoms of depression increased over time had a 22% higher risk for developing dementia. This... Click to Read More

Seniors and Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription Drug Addiction
When you think of drug addiction, the first thing that usually comes to mind is usually illegal drugs. Further assumptions that spring to mind is that addiction is a young person’s disease. The truth is, there is a growing epidemic of seniors who are addicted to prescription drugs. And in many instances, their addiction happens not through recreational use of prescribed medication, but accidental misuse. Prescription Drug Addiction in Seniors Many older adults are prescribed painkillers for arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, and other chronic health conditions. These drugs are... Click to Read More
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