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Hygge: Embracing the Cozy Little Moments of Life

Posted by Anne Hein on February 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

For many parts of the country, bitter cold temperatures and icy roads keep us hunkered down at home this time of year. We may find ourselves sitting in front of the fireplace wrapped in warm, fuzzy blankets sipping mugs of steamy hot cocoa. If you’ve indulged in simple pleasures such as these, you’ve experienced “hygge.” hygge: popcorn and hot chocolate

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

When Night Falls: Eight Ways Older Adults Can Avoid Nighttime Falls

Posted by Helen Beamer on February 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM

When night closes in, keep your guard up. However, don’t waste time looking for monsters who lurk under the bed. Or, wait for restless ghosts to prowl the halls. Rather, be aware of the potential hazards that might cause nighttime falls. Nighttime falls.jpg

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

What You Need to Know About Heart Failure

Posted by Helen Beamer on February 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Although heart failure sounds like it could be another name for cardiac arrest, where the heart suddenly stops beating, heart failure is not cardiac arrest.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

6 Ways to Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease in Older Adults

Posted by Helen Beamer on January 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes get a lot of attention, but you don’t hear enough about kidneys and how essential they are to good health. You have two kidneys – small, multi-purpose organs located in your lower back.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

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

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