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  • Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Social Strategies for Family Caregivers As we enter the holiday season, we’re reminded of how family and friends brighten our lives. Their love and presence amplifies our joy during happy times. Their support eases our burden when life is difficult. When I think of support I think of my sister, Wendy. Neither of ... Continue Reading
  • The Gift of Saying Goodbye to a Loved One In mid-December of 2001, my mother suffered a small stroke. After being discharged from the hospital, she was sent to a skilled nursing facility for observation and short-term rehab. In addition to this new problem in her brain, her doctor said that due to her congestive ... Continue Reading
  • 5 Tips for Senior Driving Safety Most people take driving for granted, but as they get older, driving can become more dangerous and a topic for discussion. Keeping older adult drivers on the road longer should be a goal as long as they can drive safely. With the following tips, you can help keep your ... Continue Reading
  • Hospice Services: Understanding the Stages of Hospice Care Hospice care was once associated with people that were at the end stages of cancer. This is no longer the case. Today, hospice care may be an option for any person with six months or less to live, regardless of their condition or age. In fact, many hospice patients are ... Continue Reading
  • Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease That May Surprise You While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, being able to recognize the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and its stages can help the patient and family caregiver better understand what to expect and when to expect it. This knowledge will also give them the time to plan and ... Continue Reading
  • Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease: Tips for Family Members When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the effects are felt throughout the entire family. While your loved one may be facing the disease’s symptoms, you will also be feeling the sadness that comes with watching someone you care about no longer remember the details ... Continue Reading
  • Seniors & Stage 4 Breast Cancer: What to Expect Any diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming, but a diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer can be heartbreaking. However, with advances in modern medical technology and treatments, many women and men, are living with chronic breast cancer for longer periods of time. What ... Continue Reading
  • Early Signs of Breast Cancer in Seniors That May Surprise You Like most cancers, the sooner you discover and begin treatment of breast cancer the better. In fact, during stage 1, there is about a 100% survival rate of five years. This is why it is important for seniors to always be on the look out for warning signs and risk factors of ... Continue Reading
  • Building Caregiver Resilience: Nutritional Strategies for Caregivers Roger is so worn-out by caring for his wife who has dementia that hot dogs or canned soup are about all he can put on the table for dinner. Sandy stops by to make dinner for her disabled parents after work each night, but usually skips dinner when she gets home. Lois is so ... Continue Reading
  • Seniors & Afib: What Caregivers Should Know For most people, a heartbeat happens without much thought. In fact, on average, your heart beats about 100,000 times per day. When everything is working properly, these beats go unnoticed; however, when an elderly person has an irregular heartbeat, he or she should certainly ... Continue Reading
  • Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day When Tom Brokaw published a book in 1998 titled “The Greatest Generation,” he was referring to the population who grew up during the Great Depression, who went on to become the parents of Baby Boomers and the Grandparents of Millennials. Brokaw coined this term for a reason; ... Continue Reading
  • The Facts About Spinal Muscular Atrophy in Seniors For many, spinal muscular atrophy begins in early childhood or even at birth; however, there are forms of the disease that begin in early to middle adulthood. The age of onset can play an important role when it comes to the severity of the disease, but regardless of when an ... Continue Reading
  • 10 Home Safety Tips for the Elderly While home may be where the heart is, it is also where most accidents happen. Anyone can have an accident, but for the elderly, a small accident can have serious and lasting consequences. The best accident is one that never happens. With this in mind, please read the ... Continue Reading
  • Caregiver Resilience: What It Is and Why It Matters for Family Caregivers A young couple’s baby has Tay–Sachs disease that has no treatment or cure, and a life-expectancy of four years. A veteran’s wife struggles to cope with her wounded warrior’s traumatic brain injury and PTSD. A middle-aged woman tries to balance the needs of her aging parents ... Continue Reading
  • Finding the Right Fit: Walker, Scooter, & Wheelchair Options for Older Adults Limited mobility and social isolation often go hand in hand. Elderly adults are particularly vulnerable to depression following losses in mobility, which can lead to isolation and poor health. Thankfully, there are a number of assistive devices that can help the ... Continue Reading
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