The Mental and Physical Impact of Isolation on Seniors

If a senior you love lives alone and doesn’t venture out into their community very often, researchers say they are at higher risk for developing health problems. Isolation has been identified as a serious health risk for elderly adults. While it’s easy to understand how elderly isolation leads to depression, the health risks extend beyond that. Lonely seniors experience greater incidences of cardiac disease, obesity, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes than their more engaged peers. Isolated seniors are even at higher risk for becoming a victim of fraud... Click to Read More

Alzheimer’s Breakthroughs Give Hope for a Cure

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As the most complex organ in the body, the intricate workings of the human brain are far from understood. That’s why brain disorders like Alzheimer’s are so difficult to treat. After decades of research, our best treatments are still unable to halt or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s. But all of that may change soon, thanks in large part to two of the latest groundbreaking developments in Alzheimer’s research. Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease As a degenerative disease, Alzheimer’s disease causes a gradual loss of brain function as synapses... Click to Read More

How Adult Children Can Prepare Parents For Healthy Aging

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For many of our parents, the idea of working out or being health-conscious is a relatively new concept. In the last 20 years, we have seen a rise in the amount of senior-focused programs to accommodate the growing interest in senior health.   As an Older Adult Specialist, I often get calls from children who want to get their parents in better health -- but are unsure where to start.  When I give advice to people for their parents, I usually base it on the seniors that I work... Click to Read More

Toys For Seniors

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Ever struggled to find the right birthday or holiday gift for your senior loved ones? Why not consider toys for seniors? While it may not be second nature to associate toys as gifts for the elderly just yet, we could be very close to it as their popularity increases. The current senior toy marketplace contains products that range in utility from providing companionship, to increasing cognitive skills, to facilitating communication. Here are some categories of elder toys that could improve your senior loved one’s quality of life. Lifelike Electronic... Click to Read More

Considerations for Caregivers: Legal Protections & Easing Transitions

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Family caregivers are the backbone of most families. It’s a challenging job, especially as many family caregivers juggle it alongside a professional career. Sometimes there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to devote equal attention to both. If you’re a family caregiver contemplating hiring a professional caregiver to help support a loved one, there are some issues you’ll want to consider. You want to ensure your loved one gets the quality, compassionate help they need while you breathe a little easier. From caregiver laws and legal rights to... Click to Read More

Ways You Can Help Older Adults This Winter

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Every year, approximately 1,200 Americans will die as a result of cold weather. Natural disasters may get far more media attention, but the winter cold is nearly ten times as deadly as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, lighting, and severe storms combined. Colder temperatures come with a variety of health risks and hazards that you should be aware of -- especially for seniors. Below you can learn about the annual dangers brought about by colder temperatures, and what senior winter safety precautions you can take to help older adults stay... Click to Read More

Reducing Diabetic Risks for Glaucoma

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Few things are as precious to us as our sight. A huge part of our day-to-day experience depends on our vision, which is why blindness consistently ranks among the most feared medical conditions. That’s why it’s critical for anyone who suffers from diabetes to understand that they’re also at a much higher risk for glaucoma. Because glaucoma shows virtually no warning signs  until significant irreversible damage is done, early diagnosis and treatment is the only way to ensure the health of your eyesight. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma... Click to Read More

Living Wills, Advance Directives, and DNR Orders: What Are They and Why Is Each Important?

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Remember that super awkward birds and the bees talk you had with your parents as a child? Chances are they’d known for some time you needed it and after it happened one or both of you was uncomfortable. As our loved ones move into their senior years, it is once again time to have one of those uncomfortable but necessary conversations - this time about end-of-life care. Some of the questions to ask your loved one include; why do you need a living will, why are advance directives important... Click to Read More

Star Wars: Redefining Aging Icons

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WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Please proceed with caution. A long time ago in a galaxy far away, the original Star Wars trilogy hit theatres and became a cultural phenomenon. Okay, it wasn’t all that long ago -- just nearly 40 years ago. Since that time, the saga of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia have firmly entrenched themselves in the hearts and minds of fans of all ages. These characters have returned to the big screen -- 40 years older and dealing... Click to Read More

The Dynamics of Caregiver and Senior Relationships

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The relationship between seniors and caregivers is a unique one; it relies on mutual trust and respect. It is not simply about caring for an individual by assisting them with ADLs, but about building a relationship with each other. Often, caregivers and care receivers develop a deeply affectionate relationship. This comes as no surprise, given the intimate nature that caregiving entails. Yet, sometimes, the care giver/receiver relationship sparks some jealousy between the care receiver’s family and the caregiver.  While the caregiver provides care and support for a loved one,... Click to Read More