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Family Caregiving: Advocacy for Your Loved One and You

Posted by Helen Beamer on March 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

People often think of caregiving as mostly hands-on care. It involves tasks like bathing, feeding, transferring and toileting. However, caregiving is more than caretaking. Caregiving tends to the whole person and all their needs.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Staying Sharp: Water and Your Brain

Posted by Helen Beamer on February 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Staying hydrated is important for your body, especially your brain.Stay Hydrated_ Water Your Brain.jpg

Here are four reasons to fuel your brain with water throughout the day:

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Topics: Aging, 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

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

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

Getting to the Heart of Coronary Artery Disease

Posted by Helen Beamer on October 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Can you imagine working day in and day out without a vacation? That’s what your heart does. It doesn’t always work under ideal conditions either, and that can take a toll.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

You or your loved ones may have put away crayons and coloring books years ago. However, you may want to take up those old habits. Coloring is increasingly popular among adults. Here are four reasons you and your older loved ones should color: 

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Activities and Lifestyle

Arthritis: 100 Conditions and 5 Ways to Cope

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

My husband calls it Arthur’s disease – his version of “Arthur-i-tis.” That’s his attempt to make light of the pain and limitations of the chronic condition that affects nearly every move he makes – sitting, standing, putting on socks and shoes, using a computer or playing the piano.

In the United States, over 54 million people have arthritis – that’s approximately one in four adults. In people ages 65 or older, that number grows to nearly one in two (49.7 percent).

Arthritis includes more than 100 different diseases and conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis causes aches and pains as well as swelling and stiffness around the joints. Specific symptoms vary by the individual and type of arthritis.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

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