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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

Normal Age-Related Forgetfulness

Posted by Helen Beamer on June 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM

You want to do some shopping – but you can’t seem to find your keys. After a few minutes of frantic searching, you spot them on the kitchen counter, next to a pile of junk mail. “Now I remember,” you say, “That’s right where I put them yesterday when I brought in the mail.”
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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Smoking and COPD: Living Life One Breath at a Time

Posted by Helen Beamer on June 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM

I love to watch black and white movies from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. However, a darker side of those entertaining musicals, dramas and screwball comedies is the way smoking features in the storyline.

That depiction of smoking was accurate for the time. According to a Gallup poll, about 45 percent of U.S. adults smoked cigarettes, cigars or pipes in 1954. Nowadays, people are more aware of the health risks of smoking. Recent statistics from the CDC indicate about 15.5 percent of adults smoke cigarettes.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Family Caregiving: How to Manage the Costs

Posted by Helen Beamer on April 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Caregiving for a family member is like taking steps into the ocean. At first, the water playfully splashes against your toes – it’s a quick errand or medical appointment with your loved one. Then the waves come with greater force and urgency – your loved one needs daily reminders for medications or has a fall and breaks a hip. Before you know it, the water is nearly up to your head – your loved one has advanced Alzheimer’s or another chronic health condition requiring around-the-clock care.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances

The Merits of Moving (Around)

Posted by Helen Beamer on April 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

My office has a sensor that turns the light off after a prolonged absence of movement. The light sometimes switches off while I am busily clicking my computer keyboard. Yes, I’m working but seemingly inert. My usual response to “lights out” is to wave my arms above my head. Sometimes I just keep working in the dark. What I really should do is get up and move.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

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

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