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  • Holiday Check-In with Mom and Dad Going home for the holidays provides an opportunity to check in with your mom or dad and ensure that they are healthy, thriving, and happy. More than 7,000,000 Americans care for a loved from from a distance according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Take the ... Continue Reading
  • How to Handle Family Criticism During the Holidays You’re taking care of your elderly mother. Lately, your days seem to be an endless cycle of driving her to doctor’s appointments, buying her groceries, picking up her medications, and taking trips to her house to change a light bulb or fix the oven. You’re happy to do this ... Continue Reading
  • Adult Failure to Thrive: Diagnosis, Symptoms, Solutions It’s a bewildering situation, but not an uncommon one — grandma is losing weight, is withdrawn and unresponsive, and seems depressed. The doctor’s been called, but he doesn’t know what’s wrong. After a more thorough workup, he gives an adult failure to thrive nursing ... Continue Reading
  • HIV/AIDS in the Elderly: Educate Yourself Saturday, December 1st was World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to bringing people across the globe together to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and move forwards towards a cure. When people think of populations most affected by AIDS, older adults are often last on the ... Continue Reading
  • When to Consider Hospice Care: Home Care Hospice Services When should you begin to have a discussion about hospice care? Many people think that hospice care means everyone has given up and it is only meant for people who have a few days left to live. Because of these misconceptions, many people’s loved ones miss out on the benefits ... Continue Reading
  • Alzheimer’s Association: Come Behind the Scenes with Claire Day It’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and today we’re getting an inside look at what it’s like to work in the Alzheimer’s field. In this Q&A, we chat with Claire Day, the Vice President of Constituent Services for the Alzheimer’s Association. Founded in 1980, the Alzheimer’s ... Continue Reading
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need To Know November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness month. It is a time to honor and advocate for people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers. It is also a time to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease including symptoms of Alzheimer’s and ... Continue Reading
  • How Can You Help Your Elderly Loved One Deal With Depression? October is National Depression and Mental Health Month. In our last post, we talked about the symptoms of depression. But if your loved one is diagnosed with depression, what’s the next step? Your doctor may have prescribed antidepressants or other treatments, but is there ... Continue Reading
  • 6 Inspiring Ideas For Simple Senior Hobbies One great benefit of retirement is having more free time. Many seniors use their newfound free time to rediscover pastimes from their younger days, or even to find new hobbies. Arts and crafts for seniors can be therapeutic and relaxing, not to mention a great social ... Continue Reading
  • Breast Pain Over 50: 12 Symptoms of Breast Cancer in Female Adults October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of pink ribbons and fundraising walks around town to celebrate survivors and give support to women undergoing treatment for the disease! However, breast cancer awareness is more than just ... Continue Reading
  • High Cholesterol is No Joke- Read This Before You Eat Again September is National Cholesterol Education Month, so we’d like to shed light on what it means to have high cholesterol and show you six easy ways to lower it. According to the CDC, one in six Americans has high cholesterol. Having high cholesterol increases your risk of ... Continue Reading
  • Dangerous Foods for Senior Citizens: What to Avoid Every year, one in six people gets food poisoning, and 3,000 die from it, according to the CDC. Seniors are especially at risk. As we age, our immune systems weaken, and our bodies lose their ability to fight off disease caused by bacteria in our food. Certain foods are more ... Continue Reading
  • Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You You may have heard the term “atrial fibrillation” from your doctor or in drug commercials on TV–after all, it’s a condition that affects 2.2 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association. But what exactly is atrial fibrillation, and should you be worried ... Continue Reading
  • Mom’s Losing Weight- How Worried Should You Be? You walk into your mother’s house, excited to see her for the first time in months. As you give her a hug, you notice that her shoulders feel thin. You step back and see that her clothes are baggy, her wedding ring loose. For the first time, your mother looks frail. Should ... Continue Reading
  • 6 Tips for Senior Sun Safety Summer weather is great for relaxing with family and friends. Being outside for pool parties, barbecues, and beach trips are what make summertime so much fun. We’ve all heard that protecting skin from the sun will help prevent it from aging. But if you’re already older, is ... Continue Reading
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