Alzheimer’s Disease Recognition

Very often the initial symptoms appearing in a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease are examined in hindsight. It can be a little like viewing a car accident in the rearview mirror.  At first, his/her difficulty in recalling words may...

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Alzheimer’s, Family Members and Holiday Gifting

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, almost 15 million family members now serve as unpaid caregivers for the 5.4 million people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States today. This means that most of us know someone...

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Seniorities with Rep. Patrick Kearney

“Seniorities” is a bi-monthly cable TV program discussing/highlighting issues of importance to our aging population. As Chairman of the Board, Scituate Council on Aging, I co-host with Linda Hayes, Executive Director of the Council on Aging. Our guest...

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Benefits to a Good Night Sleep

When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, it's a question of both quantity and quality. People of all ages need to get a certain amount of sleep in order to function well, but how well they sleep can...

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Sensitive Family Planning with Elderly Parents

It may be a difficult task to broach sensitive subjects involving your elderly parents. They may be extremely private on such subjects as end-of-life decisioning, asset distributions, and designated beneficiaries. Above all… Respect your parents’ feelings if they make it...

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Family Privacy Issues: Be Patient with Elders

How and when to approach your elderly parents to discuss “private/personal issues” can be a task easily put-off. Initiating that talk is often the most difficult part. Don’t put it off any longer. Try to remember where they are in the...

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Socialization is SO Important for Elderly

Is social engagement important for elders as they age? On the surface, this appears to be a simple question to answer. Generally, most people prefer some companionship or occasional company. Even when self-sufficient, most seniors will enjoy another face...

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Social Security Cost of Living Increase for 2020

The cost of living adjustment (COLA) will increase Social Security benefits by 1.6 percent in 2020, an average of about $24 per month for individuals, the Social Security Administration announced on October 9, 2019. The increase for 2020 is notably...

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Elder Exercise Will Improve Overall Health

Aerobic exercise or cardiovascular conditioning is extremely beneficial for seniors. This can include using cardiovascular machines (e.g. treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent and upright stationary bikes, step machines), yoga and stretching classes, pilates, gardening, swimming, bicycling, walking, golf, bowling, tennis, dancing...

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Elder Exercise: Getting Started

Exercise for seniors can be fun, social, and provide health benefits to body and mind. Getting started, or urging your elderly parents to commit, may be the most difficult hurdle to pass. Each individual will have to make...

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