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“Mom, You Forgot to Pay the Gas Bill….”

An expert says a decline in financial management skills might be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, and family may need to step in. What’s the most challenging topic to discuss with older loved ones? Family caregivers often name end-of-life wishes, driving safety and incontinence as tough-to-talk-about subjects—but according to many experts, money management is right at the top of the list. Most older adults view taking care of their financial affairs as a private matter, and pride themselves on doing a good job of it. Yet, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, seniors may have cognitive challenges that make it hard to keep track of money matters and could make them vulnerable to scam artists and financial elder abuse. […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Alzheimer’s|Comments Off on “Mom, You Forgot to Pay the Gas Bill….”

Keeping Nursing Home Residents Connected

As we age, our ability to maintain social relationships may wane. Friends and loved ones pass away, health issues may isolate us, and physical limitations may make it difficult to go out and meet people. […]

By |September 7th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on Keeping Nursing Home Residents Connected

Five Food Myths That May Be Harming Your Health

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom, either from our doctors or some random studies – fat is bad for you, fish is good, and eggs raise your cholesterol. Unfortunately, some of these food myths are not only inaccurate, but could be causing harm, as well as robbing you of high-quality nutrients. It could also be keeping you from enjoying some really delicious and satisfying meals. […]

By |August 24th, 2016|health|Comments Off on Five Food Myths That May Be Harming Your Health

To Older Women, Blueberries Are More Than Just a Delicious Treat

Thinking about topping your morning cereal with a cup of blueberries? Do it! Just one cup of blueberries per day could be the key to reducing blood pressure and arterial stiffness, both of which are associated with cardiovascular disease, said a recent study from Florida State University, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. […]

By |August 10th, 2016|health|Comments Off on To Older Women, Blueberries Are More Than Just a Delicious Treat
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Talking With Your Loved One About Incontinence

Seniors who are experiencing urinary incontinence often feel all alone. But they are not. Though the topic seldom comes up in conversation, it affects more than half of women past the age of menopause, and also affects many senior men. According to the American College of Physicians (ACP), over $20 billion per year is spent on incontinence, and it accounts for 6 percent of nursing home admissions. […]

By |July 27th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on Talking With Your Loved One About Incontinence
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National Institutes of Health Highlights the Benefits of Gardening

Have you started your summer garden yet? In a recent issue of NIH News in Health, the National Institutes of Health shared some information that might motivate you to rush right down to the nursery to pick up some seeds, seedlings and gardening tools! Is there anything more delicious and nutritious than vine-ripened tomatoes, just-harvested peaches and corn, or fresh herbs and spices? Growing your own edible plants—whether in a backyard garden or a few pots on your windowsill—can be fun, rewarding, and healthful. If you share your garden’s bounty with friends and neighbors, you might even expand your social connections and spread the health around. […]

By |July 13th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on National Institutes of Health Highlights the Benefits of Gardening

Financial Planning Tips for Working Caregivers

The millions of employed family caregivers in the United States lose a considerable amount of money when they take time from their jobs to care for their aging parents, and spend a good deal of their own funds to do so. The MetLife Mature Market Institute released a study, “The MetLife Study of Caregiving Costs to Working Caregivers: Double Jeopardy for Baby Boomers Caring for Their Parents,” which found that as of 2011, employed caregivers in the U.S. lost an estimated $3 trillion in wages, pensions and Social Security benefits over a lifetime if they left the workforce prematurely. The average losses were $304,000 per person. That does not include additional out-of-pocket expenses related to caregiving, such as travel costs, contributing to the parents’ household upkeep and purchasing items needed by the care recipient. […]

By |June 22nd, 2016|caregivers|Comments Off on Financial Planning Tips for Working Caregivers

Pain Often Untreated in Seniors With Dementia

Older adults are apt to suffer from a variety of painful health conditions, including arthritis, osteoporosis, urinary tract infections, diabetic neuropathy, tooth problems, constipation and many others. It’s important to address this discomfort and work with the person’s healthcare provider to arrive at the most effective treatment for pain. Treatments might include medication, exercise and managing conditions that cause the pain. But when a person also has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, it can be very challenging to realize that the person is in pain, and what is causing the pain. As Alzheimer’s and other dementias progress, patients lose the ability to communicate what they are feeling. Consequently, they may express pain in ways that aren’t readily understood by family or even by medical personnel—and their pain may go untreated. […]

By |June 8th, 2016|Dementia|Comments Off on Pain Often Untreated in Seniors With Dementia

Strength Training: Do Elastic Bands Work?

Strength training is an important component of a senior exercise program, helping older adults avoid age-related muscle loss, bone loss, and loss of flexibility. Lifting weights and using machines both provide benefits, but many seniors prefer to use resistance bands. Do these stretchy implements provide a good workout? Yes, if you use them correctly, say experts from The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR): […]

By |May 25th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on Strength Training: Do Elastic Bands Work?

A Positive Attitude Can Change Your World

Norman Vincent Peale, author of the book The Power of Positive Thinking, once said, “Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” Repetitive thoughts – such as “Life is hard,” “I’m a failure,” or “I’m not good enough” – form neural pathways in the brain. The more you think them, the more ingrained they become in your psyche, and your unconscious mind will continue playing these thoughts over and over until they become who you are. Fortunately, you can “rewire” your brain by actively thinking positive thoughts and focusing your attention on the good things in your life. Positive thinking doesn’t mean you are necessarily constantly happy or that you ignore life’s unpleasantness – it simply means you approach life’s challenges in a more positive and productive way. […]

By |May 11th, 2016|health|Comments Off on A Positive Attitude Can Change Your World