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Noticing Changes in Your Loved Ones After the Holidays

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM

The whirl of the holiday season is behind us, and while you’re left with happy memories, you may looking back and paying more attention to the irregularities you noticed in your older relatives’ home or behavior. Maybe you are starting to wonder if they need some help with everyday activities.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

6 Easy, Healthy Meal Ideas for Older Adults

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Adequate nutrition can help older adults maintain muscle mass, increase their energy levels, reach an appropriate weight and much more. Make it easier for your older loved one to eat well and be well: Try out these simple meal ideas that follow the guidelines of MyPlate.gov and the National Council on Aging. Be sure to talk to your loved one’s dietitian or doctor before they start a new diet or new foods.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Medications Can Mimic Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on December 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Did you know many common medications can mimic dementia in older adults? Or, that these medications can make pre-existing symptoms worse in someone who has dementia? These medications include both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that could be in your loved one’s medicine cabinet.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

Santa’s Fall Prevention Measures

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 19, 2017 at 10:13 AM

By The Elf Consortium – including Michael, Bernard, Jingle and others who wish to remain nameless

Santa is old. Being old is a risk factor for falls. However, Santa takes steps that help protect him from falls on steep, icy roofs. Falls are a constant occupational hazard for Santa, but he takes extra care. Here are some tips you can learn from Santa to reduce winter falls.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

5 Questions to Ask a Home Care Agency

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Finding a home care agency to watch over a parent, grandparent, spouse or another older loved one is a serious responsibility. Do you know what to look for in a home care agency to ensure you’re choosing the best for your loved one?

Here are five questions to ask when selecting an agency:

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances

What to Look for When Visiting Older Adults During the Holidays

Posted by Anne Hein on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM

For many families, the holidays are the only time they spend face-to-face. While phone calls and emails are a great way to connect, it can be hard to notice changes in a person’s appearance or home that could indicate they need help.

If you visit older parents, grandparents or other relatives this holiday season, pay attention to:

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Holidays

Holiday Hacks for the Busy Family Caregiver

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 4, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Recently, my mom and I were watching the Hallmark channel and discussing upcoming gatherings and parties. By the time we started listing our to-dos for the season, we weren’t feeling the holiday spirit. It seems as you get older, the holidays become less joyous and more laborious -- cooking, cleaning, shopping, decorating, etc. Plus, if you are a family caregiver, then you’re doing the same on behalf of or for your older loved one.

This year, though, I’m going to hack the holidays and beat the system. I want my family to make memories and have fun without everyone being stressed. I can hear you shouting, “Yes, me too!”

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

Getting Older Can Increase the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by Helen Beamer on November 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

As your age increases, so do your risks for various health conditions, especially if you are overweight and underactive. Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can silently creep up on you along with unwanted pounds, wrinkles and gray hair. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in four people with diabetes are not aware they have this chronic medical condition.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Malcolm Young, David Cassidy and Young Onset Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on November 21, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Both Malcolm Young, guitarist with the band AC/DC, and David Cassidy, 1970s teen musical sensation, have been in the news lately due to their  young onset  dementia. Young, 64, died Nov.18, and Cassidy, 67, died Nov. 21.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

7 Ways Hospice Helps Families

Posted by Lou Sirignano on November 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The old adage that families only get together when there is a wedding or funeral really is accurate. The end of life, sad as it is, tends to unite families and bring them closer through their shared grief.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Hospice and Palliative Care

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