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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

Airline Travel and Older Adults – What to Know Before You Go

Posted by Anne Hein on November 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Flying can be stressful for anyone. However, for older adults who are more likely to have health issues and physical limitations, the airport can be even more taxing.

If you’re a senior (or traveling with one), here are some tips to make airline travel a little easier.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle

Happy Holidays and Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on November 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

When there is dementia in the family, we encounter new challenges with holiday gatherings. Dad wants to tell his World War II story many times over Christmas dinner. Mom gets overheated from the cheerful fire in the fireplace and removes her shirt. 

Where you had hoped for smiles, hugs and happy chatter, instead there are shouts, tears and toileting accidents.

With the right approach, everyone can enjoy the holidays, especially the person with dementia. Keep these three important ideas in mind:

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Respecting Preferences Makes a Difference

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on November 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

How do you make a parent’s birthday special? Maybe Mom or Dad has their favorite breakfast in bed. Maybe there’s a special card, gift or places to go together. Everything is meant to say “You’re important to me, I know what makes you happy and I love you.” This is communicated through the choices made: Mom’s favorite coffee. A shirt for Dad in his favorite color. Specially chosen sights and sounds that hit them right in their “Ahhhhh!” spots as we try to make them feel happy and honored.

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

Preparing Your Aging Parents’ Home for Cooler Weather

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on November 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Depending on where you and your older parents live, the first touches of fall are likely happening: heavy rainfall, brisk temperatures, brilliantly hued leaves or snow dustings. Whether your parents are traveling to warmer areas or staying to enjoy the season, it’s important to ready their home against the elements.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

Fear of Falling – How to Help Older Adults Ease Their Anxieties

Posted by Anne Hein on October 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Arachnophobia. Coulrophobia. Claustrophobia. The fear of spiders, clowns and small spaces are some of the more common and well-known phobias. However, for older adults, there’s one fear many don’t talk about – the fear of falling. 

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

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