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Medications Can Mimic Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on December 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Did you know many common medications can mimic dementia in older adults? Or, that these medications can make pre-existing symptoms worse in someone who has dementia? These medications include both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that could be in your loved one’s medicine cabinet.

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

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

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

There’s an App for That Part 6

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on October 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Diabetes is becoming more prevalent across the globe. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030. The majority of people around the world with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.

However, people can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes with physical activity, a healthy diet and maintaining a normal body, according to the WHO.

Part 6 of our popular series gathers apps created to help people manage their diabetes.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, 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

Dementia, Home Safety and Medications

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on October 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Elders too often are harmed at home due to inadvertently taking too much medication. This risk is greater with dementia because the person may not recall if or when they had their last dose. So, they take it again… and sometimes, even again. Or take the wrong medication or get confused about the instructions. Was it one pill every four hours or four pills every one hour?

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

10 Ways You Can Help Older Adults Prevent Falls

Posted by Anne Hein on September 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The statistics are startling – every year, a quarter of Americans age 65 and older fall. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for seniors and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. While it may seem inevitable every senior will fall – the truth is, falls are not a normal part of aging and most falls can be prevented. 

In honor of the 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day, here are 10 steps to share with older adults to help prevent falls.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

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

4 Ways You Can Help Older Adults Feel Less Lonely

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on September 5, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Loneliness, characterized by the state of feeling alone, is experienced by many people. So, you aren’t alone when you feel lonely.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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