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All I Want for Christmas (Senior Edition)

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM

That familiar holiday tune expresses a simple wish of a child – not for the expected list of toys – but for front teeth to grow in quickly enough to properly say “Merry Christmas.” Some older adults might have just as much trouble saying “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Hanukah” as that wistful child, if not for the benefits of dentures, bridges and dental implants. However, if you asked most seniors to sing their holiday wish list, it might sound something like this:

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Topics: Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

Santa’s Secrets for a Joyful, Long Life

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 6, 2018 at 10:17 AM

You’ve heard about Santa’s list – the one with names of children, their behavior, where they live and what they want for Christmas. However, you might not be aware Santa has a list for himself of seven ways to age well and enjoy his best life possible. Here is a peek at his list:
 

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Topics: Holidays, Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Fall Prevention

Hospice Care Is Health Care

Posted by Helen Beamer on October 31, 2018 at 10:15 AM

When someone mentions the word “hospice,” people often cringe or change the subject, fearing that hospice care somehow means giving up on life. Others view hospice with a lack of respect, as if it isn’t real medical care. I know this firsthand. I used to be employed in hospice as a volunteer coordinator. 
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Topics: Hospice and Palliative Care, Home Care Planning

Physical Function, Food and Falls

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 5, 2018 at 11:10 AM

You’ve likely heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital takes that concept further by supporting the notion, “You become what you eat.” The study, which compared diet quality and physical function in over 50,000 women, found that those who maintained a healthy diet over the years were less likely to develop problems with physical function as they grew older.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Healthy Living

Making the Grade: The Link Between Elementary School Performance and Dementia

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 5, 2018 at 9:15 AM

The new school year is well underway and the first report cards will be out soon. Most children started off to elementary school with new backpacks, shiny three-ring binders and pencils sharpened in hopes of academic success. Parents also work to promote good learning, with the understanding that their children’s school performance can influence future co-curricular activities, college choices and vocation.

It turns out that those elementary grades may carry more weight than most parents realize. Some recent research suggests that how well kids do in school may be an indication of how their brains will function as they grow old.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

Reaching Out to Older Adults: How a Simple Conversation Can Be a Life Line

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 3, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Sometimes we avoid the most important conversations we should have with older adults. We think our deliberate silence may prevent hurt feelings, angry outbursts or uncomfortable, awkward moments. However, keeping quiet may pose serious risks to their health and safety.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

3 Effective Ways to Talk to Your Loved One About In-Home Care

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 3, 2018 at 9:45 AM

At times, we all need a little extra help. This is especially true for those who are full-time family caregivers. Perhaps you’re considering hiring an in-home care professional but are not sure what steps to take. You may feel hesitant about setting up in-home care because your loved one is reluctant to receive help from anyone besides yourself.

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9 Ways to Prevent Delirium in Older Adults

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Older adults are at increased risk for delirium, a serious medical condition with sudden onset that causes fluctuating changes in thinking and behavior. Infections, dehydration, medication effects, poor sleep, surgery and hospitalization are some factors that can lead to delirium. Delirium is a medical emergency.

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Topics: Healthy Living, Aging

Senior Safety in the Home: 8 Things to Check

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 2, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Home should be a place of comfort and safety. However, as time passes, those familiar surroundings may pose safety concerns for elderly people. Due to increasing age, older adults see and hear less clearly, their balance is less steady, and their reaction times are slower. Household and personal tasks that were once safe and easy to complete can become difficult and even dangerous.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Safety

Intergenerational Summer Fun: 7 Activities for the Kid in All of Us

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Summer days bring out the child in each of us. Whether you are young or old, or somewhere in-between, the hot days of summer can be filled with laughter, play and happy times together.

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle

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