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6 Fall Prevention Strategies for Seniors

6 Fall Prevention Strategies for Seniors

Did you know falling is the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans?  Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements, affecting their independence and quality of life. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and…

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The Right Time to Ask for Help!

The Right Time to Ask for Help!

For families who have an aging or disabled relative, it can be difficult to know when to ask for help and who to turn to. Sometimes asking for help is often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, panic and uncertainty. When is the right time to seek out assistance? The signs the time is right will manifest themselves in a number of ways —Chronic…

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Is It Time to Take Away the Car Keys?

Is It Time to Take Away the Car Keys?

Aging seniors view the ability to drive as one of the key factors to maintaining their independence. But with modern medicine increasing life expectancy, many seniors are outliving their ability to drive safely. Deteriorating health, vision and hearing impairments, and medication interactions can all contribute to unsafe driving conditions. You should encourage your aging parent to stop driving when you…

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The Four Types of Dementia You Should Know About .

The Four Types of Dementia You Should Know About .

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Often times, people use both terms interchangeably but there is, in fact, a profound difference. In fact, Alzheimer’s is but one of four types of dementia.  Alzheimer’s Disease  Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative condition that attacks the section of the brain controlling thought, language, and memory. By far the most well-known type…

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Aging in Place: 4 Smart Tips for Seniors.

Aging in Place: 4 Smart Tips for Seniors.

Dorothy Gale from the “Wizard of Oz” said it best…“There’s no place like home!” When faced with the prospect of moving to an assisted living facility or aging in place, seniors overwhelmingly choose to stay in the comfort and privacy of their own homes as they age.  According to an AARP survey, nearly 90% of those over age 65 want…

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“I don’t need any help!”–Convincing Your Reluctant Parents It’s Time for Home Care

“I don’t need any help!”–Convincing Your Reluctant Parents It’s Time for Home Care

“I’m perfectly capable of managing my own affairs!” “I don’t need a babysitter!” “The house is already clean!” “I can bathe/dress myself, thank you very much!” You’ve probably heard these lines a hundred times by now. Your aging parents are perfectly fine and don’t need you or anyone else to help them with their activities of daily living. But their living…

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Dementia Denial: When Families Refuse to Accept a Dementia Diagnosis.

Dementia Denial: When Families Refuse to Accept a Dementia Diagnosis.

Imagine being told you have a chronic and incurable condition and that there is little you can do to halt its progression. This is what it’s like when a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia and the aftermath can be frightening for that person and their family members.  But sometimes, it isn’t only the person suffering from dementia who refuses to…

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Sundowning: A Guide for Caregivers and Families

Sundowning: A Guide for Caregivers and Families

You check the clock for the hundredth time. It’s nearly 5 o’ clock and you’re looking forward to leaving another busy day at work behind. The approaching evening holds promise for a bit of relaxation and unwinding from the day’s stress. But for many elderly people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, the onset of evening hours can be a…

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The Benefits of Using Home Care in a Nursing Home Setting

The Benefits of Using Home Care in a Nursing Home Setting

The phone rang again at it’s usual time…11:30 a.m. It was my grandmother’s nursing home calling. She had ended up throwing most of her lunch down on the ground and what little was left ended up on her clothes as she tried to feed herself. She was losing weight and her behavior was getting worse. See, my grandmother has end stage…

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