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6 Surprising Facts About Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on April 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that develops slowly over time. About 10,000,000 people around the world (including 1,000,000 in the U.S. and 55,000 in Canada) live with Parkinson’s. This is a long-lasting condition (up to 20 years) that has no cure. However, medications and therapies are available to help people manage their symptoms better.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Healthy Living

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

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Medication Safety Week

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

While medications are created to help heal illnesses or manage the symptoms of chronic diseases, prescribed drugs can also be dangerous if not taken correctly. 
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Topics: Caregiving, Safety, Healthy Living

Communication and Dementia: Speaking Through the Silence

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Certain types of dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Lewy body, Parkinson’s and frontotemporal dementia) may affect language ability. People who have these conditions may forget the names of people and things. They could use words that mean something entirely unrelated. Sometimes, they speak in “word salad,” using a combination of words and sounds that seem to make no sense. Over time, many might stop speaking entirely.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

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

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act Is Signed Into Law

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 13, 2018 at 4:21 PM

RAISE (which stands for Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) focuses on providing relief to those who care for a relative or close loved one. Family caregivers don’t have to provide just personal care to qualify. The RAISE Act can help any family caregiver who provides housekeeping, financial and medical assistance.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Not All Memory Loss Is Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM

When you or someone you love experiences a memory lapse, you may worry it is the start of dementia. Yet, most of us who have memory challenges as we age are not experiencing dementia.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

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

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

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