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Asthma

Asthma

Did you know that, while our brain is only about 2% of our body mass, it consumes 20% of the oxygen that we breathe in? Just 5 minutes without oxygen can cause noticeable brain damage. Asthma is often characterized by coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest...

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New Year’s Goals

New Year’s Goals

For older adults, making a New Year’s resolution can be a symbol of hope. Calling a resolution a goal might help get out of the mindset that they are things you start on January 1st and break on January 2nd. Here are some ways to help set and achieve personal, health,...

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PNEUMONIA

We're all aware of the precautions to take for virus and flu season. However, an additional danger is that any of these other conditions can morph into pneumonia. Pneumonia claims the lives of about 50,000 Americans each year. Pneumonia is an infection that inflames...

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DANCE FOR HEALTH

“We should consider every day lost inwhich we have not danced at least once.”– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche As we know, exercise is a key component for staying healthy. Movement is important for older adults, especially those for whom a sedentary lifestyle poses health...

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What Topics Should I Discuss With My Aging Parents?

What Topics Should I Discuss With My Aging Parents?

Has the time come for having The Talk with your elderly parents? You know the one we’re talking about – that uncomfortable conversation you’ve been putting off for far too long? Whether it makes you feel nervous or not, discussing important issues regarding your...

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Help for Caregiving Spouses

Help for Caregiving Spouses

A recent report by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital Fund discovered that family caregivers caring for a spouse or partner struggle to get by with significantly less help in the home than other types of caregivers. Although caring for a spouse...

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The Health Risks of Obesity in Seniors

The Health Risks of Obesity in Seniors

In years past, the majority of seniors were more concerned about being underweight than overweight. However, as the number of elderly obese continues to rise, this trend is clearly changing. According to estimates from the Congressional Research Service, if current...

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Caring for Aging Skin

Caring for Aging Skin

Our skin is the main thing other people see and is the first thing that most people are concerned about displaying signs of aging. As our skin ages, it becomes thinner, which can add to the appearance of wrinkles. We lose fat, elasticity, and moisture. Scratches and...

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Hallucinations in the Elderly

Hallucinations in the Elderly

A hallucination is defined as an abnormal sensory perception – typically auditory or visual - that occurs when a person is awake and conscious. Basically, a person experiencing a hallucination sees or hears something that is not there. A hallucination can also involve...

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Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination

While we often think of age discrimination in the context of employment, it is so much more insidious as our loved ones age. No matter how alert or competent they are, they may be increasingly seen as unable to make decisions for themselves, handle routine physical...

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The Newfoundland Ladies

The Newfoundland Ladies

The caring nature of the people of Newfoundland was beautifully portrayed in the hit Broadway musical, “Come From Away” which tells the true story of locals housing and feeding stranded airline passengers following the 9/11 attacks. The truth is, Newfoundlanders have...

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Keeping Seniors Safe on the Road

Keeping Seniors Safe on the Road

December 2 to 6 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. Given 18% of all traffic fatalities are people who are 65 years of age or older, it is important to learn about senior safety on the road Changes Influencing Seniors on the Road Given how experienced most of them...

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LONELINESS AND ITS EFFECT ON MENTAL HEALTH

LONELINESS AND ITS EFFECT ON MENTAL HEALTH

“But there are other words for privacy andindependence. They are isolation and loneliness.”– Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia Being alone does not necessarily herald loneliness,and living with someone may not stave it off. However, beingalone can lend itself...

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Staying connected online

Staying connected online

The Next Best Thing to Being There What many of us most want to do right now is give our loved ones a big hug and sit down for some intimate heart-to-heart conversation. Unfortunately, that’s just not as possible these days, even if we live nearby. So, how should we...

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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse

Protect our loved ones by knowing the signs and what to do if you see them. Around 1 in 10 senior Americans experience some form of elder abuse. Some estimates show as many as 5 million seniors are abused each year. One study estimates that only 1 in 14 of these are...

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Eye Conditions

Eye Conditions

As we age, vision impairment is one of the most common physical losses. Many eye conditions that cause sight loss and blindness are insidious and aren’t diagnosed until extreme measures are necessary.Vigilance about your senior’s eyesight is important to catch...

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Health Advocacy

Health Advocacy

How to Help Seniors Get The Care and Advocacy They Need We all know how difficult it can be to keep track of doctor recommendations, medications, advice, insurance, and costs when we’re dealing with our own medical care. Compound that with the confusion of dementia or...

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Loss and Grief

Loss and Grief

Helping Seniors Cope with the Loss of a Loved One During this time of their lives, a lot of your senior’s experience may be punctuated by loss: loss of health, independence, mobility, routine, and more. The most acute loss is that of family and friends. Here are some...

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