Warning Signs of Dementia, pt. 2

Continuing with part 2 on our series discussing signs of dementia... According to 2023 figures from the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 6.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. This accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases,...

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Warning Signs of Dementia, pt. 1 

What is dementia?  Dementia is a catch-all term for changes in the brain that cause a loss of functioning that interferes with daily life. It can diminish focus, attention, language skills, problem-solving and visual perception. Dementia can also make...

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Too Old to Receive Treatment? Diagnosing the Elderly

Is our advanced medical system, driven and supported by the technical advancements of science, overly biased toward prolonging life? There are many arguments pro and con on this issue, and all are with merit (and may be completely subjective). However,...

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Managing Elderly Parents and Their Medical Needs/Appointments, pt 2

Managing an elderly parent, or senior, and their medical needs requires organization, preparation and a lot of compassion. Below, we continue with some reminders and tips to help make this process easier. -- Build a Support Network: Establish...

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Managing Elderly Parents and Their Medical Needs/Appointments, pt 1

Caring for a senior, or elderly parents, can be rewarding but challenging. It can get crazy calling doctors, managing their medical needs, and scheduling appointments. As a caregiver, whether you are a family member or a spouse, keeping...

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Senior Nutrition, pt 7

Continuing our series on senior food and nutrition, we are pleased to welcome content submitted by Caring.com, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents. ***************************************************************** Some elderly may be committed...

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Senior Nutrition, pt 6

Continuing our series on senior food and nutrition, we are pleased to welcome content submitted by Caring.com, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents. ***************************************************************** Seniors should be conscious of...

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Senior Nutrition Guidance, pt 5

Continuing our series on senior food and nutrition, we are pleased to welcome content submitted by Caring.com, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents. ***************************************************************** -- Stay Hydrated: Hydration...

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Senior Nutrition Guidance, pt 4

Continuing our series on senior food and nutrition, we are pleased to welcome content submitted by Caring.com, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents. ******************************************************************************* Health Conditions: Unfortunately, seniors...

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Senior Nutrition Guidance, pt. 3

Continuing our series on senior food and nutrition, we are pleased to welcome content submitted by Caring.com, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents. ******************************************************************************* Issues with your appetite should...

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Senior Nutrition Guidance, pt 2

Continuing our series on senior food and nutrition, we are pleased to welcome content submitted by Caring.com, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents. ******************************************************************************* Some of the more common...

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Senior Nutrition Guidance, pt. 1

Continuing our series on senior food and nutrition, we are pleased to welcome content submitted by Caring.com, a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents. ******************************************************************************* Nutrition is a vital part...

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Elderly and Superfoods, pt 6

In general, eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats is the most scientifically sound approach to nutrition. Superfoods can be part of that approach. However, not all superfoods are created equal, and their benefits...

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Elders and Superfoods, pt 5

One of the most frequently mentioned benefits of superfoods is their antioxidant content. Antioxidants are compounds that help neutralize free radicals—unstable molecules that have been linked to numerous chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Foods like acai berries,...

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Superfoods: Do They Help Seniors Stay Healthy? pt. 4

What characteristics define "superfoods"? And, more importantly, do they help seniors stay healthy? In a world where quick-fix diets and miracle health solutions vie for our attention, the term “superfoods” is everywhere. It’s printed on food packaging, discussed in...

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Elder Diet Plans, pt 3

Two eating plans that have garnered widespread support from nutritionists and health care professionals are the Mediterranean diet and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. Rather than diets, it’s more accurate to call them lifestyle approaches, as...

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Elder Tips for Healthy Eating, pt 2

Does everyone follow the phrase, "you are what you eat"? Of course, not always. But ingesting healthy foods into the engine of an elderly body DOES make a positive difference. Here are some tips to implement healthy eating...

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Senior Lifestyle Changes – Embrace Healthy Eating, pt 1

As the new year begins, many older adults are reflecting on their lives and setting goals to become healthier. One of the most common resolutions is to eat better and possibly even drop a few pounds — a commendable...

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How Home Care Will Help

What can you do when you sense help is needed for your elderly parents? Concern about senior safety at home may be overwhelming at times. If you’ve seen potential problems that worry you, here are some action steps...

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Signs Your Elderly Parents Need In-Home Care

Are you concerned about the wellness of an elderly parent who’s living alone? If you’ll be visiting them over the holidays, it’s a great opportunity to check on how well they’re doing. If you are already concerned, you’re not alone!...

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COLA and Social Security 2024

The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) gets the headlines, but multiple aspects of Social Security change annually to reflect national trends in prices and wages, affecting the benefits paid to tens of millions of Americans and the taxes paid by nearly...

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Educate Guests on Hearing Loss Etiquette

Hearing loss can be very isolating, and frustrating. Especially for elderly, who may not move as well as years past. Here are some simple reminders to assist communications for all. -- Let people know your communication needs. Self-advocating...

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Elderly and Mental Illness, pt 2

Psychiatric illnesses in older adults have long tended to be neglected, sometimes with tragic consequences. The elderly suicide rate is higher than in any other age group, and twice the national average. It is estimated that 40 percent of...

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Mistake to Dismiss Elder Mental Illness

To Whom It May Concern: (hint...that would be ALL of us.) Please be advised, normal aging is not characterized by mental disorders. Contrary to popular belief, mental disorders like anxiety, depression, cognitive impairment, mood disorders and...

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Get Your Flu Shot

Flu Vaccination is Most Effective It is that time of year.  Halloween is approaching...we are losing more and more of our day light (not to mention daylight savings time is ending soon)...and I got my annual flu shot last week. Seasonal...

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2024 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

Social Security recipients will get a 3.2 percent increase in their monthly payments next year. This announcement from the Social Security Administration (SSA) was made public on October 12th. The 2024 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) marks a big drop from...

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Professional Elder Care Supports Family Resources

Professional Care Can Relieve Family Burnout Taking on the care and support for elderly parents can be stressful, overwhelming, and costly. All seniors have different emotional and physical needs, so there is no "one solution" that will permanently fit. Some...

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Addressing Elderly Deafness, pt. 2

Hearing aids today come in sizes that are virtually undetectable. They work by making sounds louder – although they sometimes will also increase the sound of background noises (such as crowds of people, or motor vehicle traffic). Always consult your insurance...

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Elderly Deafness, pt. 1

Don't Ignore Signs of Bad Hearing According to the National Institute on Deafness, one third of those over 60 and half of those over 85 have hearing loss. While a hearing loss is considered a normal part of aging, it...

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Flu Season: It’s Coming…

Flu Vaccination is Most Effective for Prevention It must be that time of year.  We are losing more and more of our day light...and I got my annual flu shot last week. Yes, we have seasonal changes upon us.  Our elderly parents,...

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Trends in Health Care

I came across this post recently, and these health care trends are informative... Below are 5 ways in which health care has evolved, is changing, and has improved: 1. Telemedicine: When your grandparents were kids, could they have ever imagined something...

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Importance of Prostate Screening for Men

Annual Screening is VERY Important There are virtually no symptoms during the early stages of prostate cancer. Therefore, annual screenings are strongly recommended for Caucasian men beginning at age 50 and African-American and Hispanic men beginning at 40. ...

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Prostate Cancer: Number 1 for Men

Prostate cancer is the number one form of cancer among men in the U.S., with approximately 290,000 new cases diagnosed every year. An estimated 13 percent of all men will be diagnosed with the disease. And, it...

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Elder Risks of Heat Stroke

The elderly, in general, are a population most at risk for heat stroke. In many cases, pre-existing conditions may adversely effect a senior's ability to deal with heat. Often, seniors with lung disease, heart disease, or kidney disease are...

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Medical Emergency: Heat Stroke

Elderly at Risk As the summer heat continues, it is advisable to be aware of the symptoms and risks associated with over-heating. Continuing our series of heat related health problems, we have been hightlighting elder hydration and nutrition. Today...

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Senior Hydration, Nutrition, part 5

What to choose when you are looking for a healthy snack or meal? Hey, we all cut corners at times. Sometimes the healthy choice just isn't as easily prepped as a quick sugar snack. But appetite...

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Senior Hydration, Nutrition: part 4

It is estimated that up to 40% of community-dwelling elderly people may be chronically underhydrated. Not helping matters, we are experiencing a very hot, humid summer. While older adults are at greater risk for dehydration due to temperatures, there...

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Senior Hydration: Tips for Elderly, part 3

What Is Dehydration? The Mayo Clinic states, “Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don’t replace...

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Nutrition and Hydration, part 2

Watch What You Eat Please find below some tips on nutritional habits for the elderly. Nutrition is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, particularly for older people. Proper balance in diet is the key to good nutrition. Notes on Nutrition Eat good...

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Hydration, Nutrition, and Elderly: part 1

As we enter the hot summer season, I am always reminding seniors and families to remain hydrated. You've heard this before...drink plenty of water to avoid and prevent dehydration. Along this same line of thinking, please find below some tips...

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Medicare Part B Coverage

Medicare is currently defined under two classifications, Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. Medicare Part B coverage is loosely defined as “medical insurance”. Medicare Part B covers eligible home health services such as intermittent skilled nursing care,...

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What is Medicare Part A ?

Summary of Medicare Part A Medicare is currently defined under two classifications, Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.  Briefly, Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care. It...

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Medicare Home Coverage: Prescription Required

Any senior classified as homebound — due to a medical condition or limited mobility — whose physician has prescribed home health services is generally eligible to receive in-home health care. However, additional requirements to qualify for home health care services...

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Home Care Partners appears on My Generation podcast

https://southshoresenior.com/2023/03/jd-miller-home-care-partners/ J.D. Miller, founder and owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, outlines the intergenerational challenges and triumphs of helping seniors with private duty home & living assistance. Home Care Partners services all of eastern Massachusetts, and provides both hourly...

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Proper Testing for Chronic Pain #12

Final installment on our "Pain" blog series. Thanks to guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ ************************************************* Chronic pain is a complicated disorder. There is no specific tool for diagnosis. Likewise, available treatments often fail to produce favorable...

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A Mix of Pain Treatments, part # 11

Continuing our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ ************************************************* Depending on the patient’s needs, a doctor may use opioids, non-opioids, or some combination of both. -- Anticonvulsants or anti-epileptics: Primarily...

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Alternative Pain Management, Part #10

Continuing our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ ************************************************* There may be alternative treatments to help address pain. It’s always recommended to discuss any treatments with a doctor or medical professional....

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How to Manage Pain #9

Continuing our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ ************************************************* Pain treatment primarily focuses on treating the underlying medical condition responsible for pain. Luckily, several treatment options are available. ...

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Testing for Pain, part 8

Continuing our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ ************************************************* Imaging: Imaging tests provide detailed pictures of internal organs and activities inside the body. A doctor can use these tests to: *...

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How to Diagnose Pain, part 7

We continue our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ *************************************************************** Diagnosing chronic pain is not easy, as there are no tools to quantify pain. Diagnosis often involves a series of tests...

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Seniors and Chronic Pain, #6

Continuing our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ *************************************************************** Seniors: Increasing age is the single most significant risk factor for chronic pain. According to research data, 33% of people older than 65...

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Conditions of Chronic Pain, part 5

Continuing our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ *************************************************************** Several conditions can cause chronic pain. The top three causes listed below. But as you can see, there are additional conditions...

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Causes of Chronic Pain #4

Continuing our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ *********************************************************************************** Traumatic Injury History of physical trauma accounts for 12% - 40% of cases of chronic pain. Likewise, 15% of people hospitalized after serious...

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What Makes Pain Chronic? (part 3)

Continuing our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ *********************************************************************************** Pain is a complex condition, defined as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described...

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Chronic Pain, part 2

Continuing our blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ *********************************************************************************** Chronic pain is a type of pain that persists for at least three months. Depending on the cause, it may last up...

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Chronic Pain

The first in a blog series on "Pain". Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/ *********************************************************************************** Chronic pain (long-term pain) affects about 40 million people in the US. Some sources say the numbers could be...

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Elders Preference: Stay Home. Enlist Homecare

An overwhelming majority of elderly prefer, if given a viable choice, to remain in their home as long as possible. This is not at all surprising news. But to accomplish this, there need to be some additional...

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Elderly Prefer Living at Home

What is widely viewed as the best and most viable delivery of health care in America?  The answer...approximately 90 percent of infirm and elderly individuals have been found to prefer home care over comparable institutional care.  What are some of the...

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Colorectal cancers can be prevented if the individual has been screened beginning at the age of 50. Since most colorectal cancer begins as benign polyps, the test finds and removes these growths before they can turn into cancer....

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Screenings Help Prevent Colon Cancer

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. And, it is the second most common cause of cancer deaths when numbers for men and women are combined....

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If You Suspect a Stroke

Timing is everything! Quick response to a possible stroke may greatly improve chances of full recovery. You need to act FAST to help save someone experiencing a stroke. To identify someone who may be having a stroke, you...

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How Women Can Reduce Stroke Risk

There are many lifestyle adjustments which may help provide stroke prevention in women. Please consider these tips for your elderly mother, sister, and any other females in your family. -- Choose healthy foods and drinks. Replace processed foods with...

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Stroke Risk for Woman

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in women, killing 85,000 women each year in the United States. Women and men are both susceptible to stroke factors. However, there are some differences based on gender. Below highlights...

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Strokes: and Symptoms

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Blood carries oxygen to cells in the body. When brain cells...

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Care Staff Assists Elderly Management of Diabetes

Here are 5 quick benefits on how homecare staff can assist older adults managing diabetes: -- Meal preparation: Home caregivers can prepare meals that align with their senior's dietary guidelines or even shop for groceries on behalf of their clients. --...

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Elderly Protection with Flu Shot

When is the best time to get a flu shot? Ideally, it’s best to get your flu shot before the flu begins to spread in your community. I always attempt to remember during Fall season...say, October-November. It takes about...

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Combining Senior Flu Shot and Covid Booster

'Tis the holiday season. And this year, that means coordinating and scheduling a flu shot, along with a covid vaccine or booster shot. If you, or your elderly parents, are planning to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster along...

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Senior Flu Shots

The senior flu shot is considered safe, but it may cause mild side effects related to inflammation and the body’s immune response. During the week after getting the flu vaccine, seniors may experience the following symptoms: -- Soreness, tenderness, redness,...

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Flu Vaccines for Elderly

The following flu vaccines are recommended for adults 65 and older only. Talk to your doctor about which senior flu shot is right for your elderly parents. -- Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent (brand name: Fluzone High-Dose) is a vaccine made up...

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Elder Flu Shots

As the calendar moves inevitably toward colder weather, please urge your elderly parents to take appropriate health precautions. Elders are at high risk for life-threatening complications from the flu, including hospitalizations and death. The CDC estimates the flu causes 140,000...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease where the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body by mistake, causing chronic inflammation. Since it is systemic, RA typically affects multiple joints at once. RA tends to come...

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis among the general population, affecting over 32.5 million U.S. adults. OA starts when the cartilage within a joint begins to break down, causing deterioration...

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Elders – Cost of Living Increase

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced an 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2023, the largest inflation-fueled increase in benefits in more than 40 years. Starting in January, the average monthly Social Security retirement benefit will rise by about $146,...

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Gout

Gout is a complex yet common form of inflammatory arthritis, and one of the most painful. It typically affects one joint at a time, often the big toe joint. It is common for those with gout to experience a...

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Arthritis

Arthritis is understood by most people to be a general condition that causes painful, stiff joints. What most people don’t know is that there are many different types of arthritis, each with its own set of symptoms and treatments....

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Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is an insidious disease that preys on older people, including our elderly parents. Type 2 diabetes, once known as “adult onset diabetes,” affects 90 – 95 percent of the more than 20 million Americans affected with diabetes. My...

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Elders Prefer Home

Home care helps seniors maintain their independence.  Home care allows seniors to continue to live in the place they function best – their home. Actually, the care engagement philosophy at Home Care Partners is to allow the senior to...

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Elderly Assistance at Home

What is widely viewed as the best and most viable delivery of health care in America?  The answer...approximately 90 percent of infirm and elderly individuals have been found to prefer home care over comparable institutional care.  Benefits of Home Care What are...

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Sleep Problems: Elderly, Family, and Caregiver

Sleep problems effect us all. Seemingly, more so as we age. In elder care, this may encompass multiple people. The elder, the family, and the home care staff. Sleep problems are the most frequent reason given in a family's...

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Sleep Disturbances: Causes and Tips

Sleep disturbances can be caused by dementia, which can affect a senior's sense of day and night. There is confusion enough that elderly may be completely reversed, thinking night is day. The effect is magnified when the person...

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Sleep Helps Brain Health

Poor sleep quality, for elderly and all of us, can lead to feeling tired, irritable, and slow the next day. But for your brain, poor sleep may cause health issues relating to dementia. On an everyday — and every...

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Memory Loss Can Be Normal Aging

Guest blog post submitted by Rebecca, a student conducting independent research this summer... **************************************************** Memory loss is often considered an “old person problem”. Unfortunately, that’s far from true. People of any age can experience inconvenient bouts of forgetfulness. Can’t...

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How to Improve Your Memory

Guest blog post submitted by Rebecca, a student conducting independent research this summer... **************************************************** A new study released in November of 2021 found it’s best to mix it up when it comes to stimulating activities that stimulate the brain. The recent...

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Retirement, Elderly Aging, and Health

What is the best retirement age for elderly? How is a senior's health? When should an elderly parent file for Social Security benefits? In 1983, Congress raised the age at which seniors could collect their full Social Security benefits. This change was...

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Trends in Aging

There are many elderly issues relating to retirement, health, and aging. Here are some questions to ponder: 1) Where to live? Move to a warmer climate in order to avoid harsh winters? 2) Downsize the house? Eliminate stairs,...

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Signs of Hearing Loss, pt. 2

Don’t Ignore Signs of Poor Hearing If your elderly parents, or a senior you know, has age-related hearing loss, they may have a difficult time hearing what others are saying. Or, they may be unable to tolerate loud sounds....

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Aging and Hearing Loss

According to the National Institute on Deafness, one third of our elderly parents have hearing loss. And, upwards of 50% of those over 85 have hearing loss. Clearly, seniors lose hearing as they age. Hearing loss may be the...

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HomeCare … Best Delivered at Home: part 2

Home provides comfort and security. As aging progresses, more and more services are being delivered at home. Groceries, transportation, and medical appointments are all services who increasingly cater to consumers being in their home. For many elderly, the solution...

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Elders Prefer Services at Home

It is easy to understand why seniors, and our elderly parents, prefer homecare services. The benefits also extend to family members, who may be trying to provide time and resources while juggling atomic family responsibilities. Here are just a...

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Older Adults and Cancer

In general, older adults being treated for cancer may have some/all of the following characteristics: Elders may be less tolerant of certain cancer treatments. Certain drugs effect people differently, and the immune system may already be compromised due to aging/health...

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Elderly, Aging, and Cancer Diagnosis

There are complexities involved when elders age. As well, there are related complexities to senior care planning. -- Diagnosing the elderly with cancer can be very difficult. First and foremost, seniors may be hesitant and apprehensive about reporting health problems....

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Elderly Need Cognitive Exercise

Exercise is healthy for seniors. We hear this message all the time. Stay active. Keep an aging body in shape. Maintain muscle strength. Yes, physical exercise helps in any number of ways...improving blood circulation, keeping muscles...

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Keeping Your House Cool

Record setting high temperatures already! Not only did heat come suddenly, but it came forcefully. Keep Your House Cool: Seniors (and also young children) are most at risk because of poor temperature regulation systems. When I visit my parents, I...

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Drink Plenty of Water

Within the past week, I have gone from wearing winter coat and gloves, to shortsleeves and shorts. Admittedly, I do prefer the latter temperature conditions. It does feel that summer is finally making an appearance. But, just today, a...

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Healthy Aging: Quick-Fix Guide to a Pain-Free Lifestyle — guest

Guest posting authored by Andrea Gibbs, a frequest blog contributor at Serenity Senior Care and a content manager at SpringHive Web Agency... When your elderly parents get older, it can be challenging to keep up with the decreasing mobility and...

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Benefits of Home Care, pt 2

Home care means personalized care, delivered to elders, in the privacy and comfort of their own home.  At Home Care Partners, we have been approached by many staff members wanting to provide more one on one care. Staff...

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Benefits of Home Care, pt. 1

When families, clients, friends and neighbors ask me about the benefits of home care services for the elderly, I have multiple answers to offer in response: Reasons Why Home Care Services Provide Value Home care is the most effective form of...

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Support Elder Independence at Home, pt. 3

How can you support your elderly parents to remain at home, and remain independent? Encourage elderly to remain active, and involved -- physically if possible; emotionally through communication -- in family life. Connect kids, grandchildren, local and distant friends....

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Seniors Coping with Loss of Independence pt 2

How can you help your elderly parents cope with loss of independence? Or, to put it another way, how to cope with increasing "dependency"? Relying on other people for assistance with basic tasks like bathing or common activities like...

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How Seniors Cope with the Loss of Independence

The loss of independence is a burden experienced by many seniors. Understanding this "loss" is a major ingredient in assisting our elderly parents to navigate the aging process. Think about this. Most people begin to live and perform...

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UTIs — Risks & Prevention

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common type of bacterial infection in older adults. The elderly can experience different and more severe symptoms than younger adults. Always be on the lookout for behavioral changes, which may include...

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UTI Diagnosis

How do you diagnose a UTI? In older adults who have symptoms of a UTI, a simple urine test — called a urinalysis — can confirm infection. In some cases, the doctor requests a urine culture to identify the type...

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UTIs Can Cause Confusion

Why do UTIs cause confusion in the elderly? The immune system of an older adult reacts differently to infection compared to younger people. Bladder infections place stress on the body. That stress can result in confusion. Abrupt changes in...

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Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common type of bacterial infection in older adults. UTIs affect around 10% of men and 20% of women older than age 80. Seniors may also experience different and more severe symptoms than...

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Tips – Pneumonia Prevention

How can pneumonia be prevented in older adults? You can help your elderly parents prevent contracting pneumonia by encouraging them to follow these steps: -- Get the pneumococcal vaccine. Talk to the doctor about what type of pneumococcal vaccine is right...

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Pneumonia Treatment

How do you treat pneumonia? Treatment depends, first of all, on a medical determination of cause. The goal is always to eliminate the infection. Secondly, prevent any complications, and treat symptoms to help your elderly parents feel better. Viral pneumonia...

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Causes and Complications of Pneumonia

What causes pneumonia in elderly adults? Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other organisms entering the lungs can cause pneumonia. In the U.S., pneumonia in the elderly is usually caused by bacteria or a virus, including SARS-CoV-2 (the virus responsible for...

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Pneumonia and Symptoms in Seniors

Sometimes, symptoms of pneumonia may be different in seniors. Elderly adults with pneumonia may have a low-grade fever or even a normal temperature. They may also be less alert, show signs of confusion, or experience changes in mental awareness....

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Pneumonia in Elderly

As we all age, we become more susceptible to disease and infection. Our bodies, and our immune systems, no longer function as strongly as when we were young. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be serious...

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Living Longer Requires Planning

Life Expectancies Continue to Go Up. Yes, the statistics concerning aging continue to provide good news -- elders are living longer today than previous generations. But, living longer comes with some practical consequences which require some planning. Are your...

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Elderly Parents Benefit by Staying at Home

Benefits of Home Care There are significant benefits to seniors remaining in their own homes. Some are tangible, such as the high financial costs of a facility versus living at home. But, there are also many intangible, emotional, benefits...

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Elderly Prefer to Age at Home

What is widely viewed as the best and most viable delivery of health care in America?  The answer...approximately 90 percent of infirm and elderly individuals have been found to prefer home care over comparable institutional care.  No surprise here. Elderly...

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Elderly Homecare: Get Started Slowly

Your elderly parents may be content, or resigned, with how they are aging. One day simply leads to the next. But they are more prone to falls. And, they may not be taking care of themselves as they...

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Elderly May Be Hesitant to Accept Help

Very rarely do we find elderly parents who are asking for help. Calls for home care assistance generally come from adult children. Extended family members are tasked with researching home care agencies. It is a characteristic of elders,...

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Gifts for the Caregivers

Caregivers are constantly busy. They work with elders. They manage and maintain the security and safety of your elderly parents. And, they have their own lives. A little bit of help...that probably describes an appropriate gift...

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Committing to Home Care Services: Go Slowly

Elderly clients may be content, or resigned, with how they are aging. One day simply leads to the next. Our experience has shown that the best approach to bolster transition toward an acceptance of care services may be to...

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Teaching Elderly About Homecare

It is a characteristic of elderly, like so many of us, to be hesitant to accept the assistance of strangers in their home. These emotions are to be expected. I always make mention of this in conversations with adult...

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Parkinson’s Disease: Diet Recommendations for Elderly

As with many of the diseases that affect our elderly adults, staying active and pursuing a healthy diet can slow the progression of the disease. There are both physical and emotional issues that result from a diagnosis of Parkinson's. ...

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Parkinson’s: Exercises for Elderly

Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease patients is extremely important. Maintaining muscle strength, flexibility, and stretching helps to delay the muscle contraction caused by the disease. Think about aerobic activities – ideally 3 days a week for 30 minutes per session....

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Social Security benefits to jump 5.9% in 2022

Retired Americans who collect Social Security are about to get the biggest “raise” in 40 years: A 5.9% increase in their monthly payments starting in January. The biggest increase in the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security since 1982 is a...

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Parkinson’s: Symptoms

My father had Parkinson's Disease. While it did not seem to inhibit much of his daily life, it was certainly a daily reminder. He moved slowly. He was unable to drive a car. He was...

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Pets Provide Nurturing and Activity for Elderly

For seniors living alone or dealing with the loss of a loved one, life can get boring, monotonous, and depressing. The benefits of having a pet at home may just be the tonic to keep them involved, engaged, and...

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Elderly and Dental Health

Our teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but seniors have increasing difficulty in keeping teeth and gums healthy. Tooth decay and gum disease can often get in the way. When teeth aren't cleaned properly or often enough,...

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Home Care is Best for Elderly

Home care helps seniors maintain their independence.  Home care allows seniors to continue to live in the place they function best – their home. Actually, the care engagement philosophy at Home Care Partners is to allow the senior to continue...

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Long Term Care Insurance, part 3

Long Term Health Care (LTC) Insurance is a life-planning strategy to insure coverage for the unexpected. Many savvy (and financially able) people initiate policy coverage in mid-life. This benefit enables them to gain insurance coverage while healthy, and insure...

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How to Pay for Cost of Aging?

The overwhelming question for most seniors is...how to plan for the future? More specifically, the real question is...how to anticipate the cost of the future? My elderly parents had long term care insurance. They were in their 80's when...

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Considering Long Term Care Insurance?

The question everyone thinks about, and asks: how do we pay for elderly aging in place? One of the answers, albeit with some flaws, is a long term care insurance policy. Like any insurance product, the cost for...

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Summer Heat Safety, Elderly Tips, pt. 5

We have just lived through our 3rd summer heat wave this year. It is, now, still the middle of summer. Will we get another round of heat? Here are some additional heat tips for elder consideration: -- Plan your...

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Senior Safety and Summer Heat, pt 4

Some advice for the elderly in hot weather... * Dehydration in seniors is the root of many heat-related health problems. It removes important salts and minerals from the body. Heat can cause dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and other health issues for...

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Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke

It is summer. It is hot, and humid. We are experiencing temperatures well above historical averages. And the heat has an effect on our bodies. We are perspiring more, and perhaps feeling lethargic. Many...

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Defining Heatstroke, pt 2

What is heatstroke? Heatstroke is the most severe heat-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is a medical emergency. Fast treatment is required. Heatstroke, sometimes referred to as sunstroke, occurs when the body can...

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Summer and Elderly Heat Stroke

Climate change is definitively upon us. We have already experienced historic heat this summer. Hot weather can be dangerous. And, our elderly parents are particularly vulnerable to its effects. In fact, 12,000 Americans die annually from...

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Suspecting Elder Abuse

Logic and reasoning with elderly parents can be frustrating. Especially if you are not able to visit and witness their lifestyle. If you suspect an elder has been threatened or victimized, reassure them that it is not...

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Elder Abuse Awareness

With elderly in decline, or living alone, it is important that family stay in close communication. Visit as often as possible. This also includes video visits and/or phone calls. Make these contacts frequently. Know and understand the warning...

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Elder Abuse, pt. 2

How to identify, and prevent, elder abuse? Gerontologists say that social isolation is a top risk factor for elder abuse. Covid restrictions, up until now, have curtailed many services that keep older adults connected to the world outside their...

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June: Elder Abuse Awareness, pt. 1

Elderly abuse isn't a topic anyone enjoys discussing, but it cannot remain hidden. It is vitally important to talk about it. Experts estimate that 10% of older adults are victims of elder abuse, yet only a small percentage...

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Elder Lifestyle Realities with Heart Failure

The physical challenges of heart failure make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This, in turn, can worsen a failing heart. In-home care helps clients stay on track of their health management routine — and provides peace...

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Treating Heart Failure

There are many elderly living with the challenges of a weak heart. Treatment for heart failure can be complex and difficult to understand. It is very important to have a clear, concise, daily regimen. Monitoring medications, salt...

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Mobile Doctors with House Call Services

Boston Senior Medicine is a new, regional business serving only seniors -- and ONLY at their home. Services combine the traditions and convenience of the past with the best of today's modern medicine. Whether a house call or...

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Signs of Heart Failure

Heart "failure" is a condition that costs Americans more than $30 billion each year. It affects more than 5 million Americans, mostly older adults. Heart failure (sometimes called congestive heart failure) occurs when the heart is weakened and cannot...

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Elders, Meal Prep, and Nutrition

Nutrition and proper eating becomes more important as we age. First and foremost, elders need energy to remain active and healthy. But with many, they lose their appetite and fall in to bad, inconsistent eating habits. Because of living...

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Tips for Homebound Elderly

Helping your loved one avoid "cabin fever."  For homebound seniors, our current fight against Covid can be a time of extreme boredom. Nothing happens in their day-day living environment. Meals and watching television are the only checkpoints of their...

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“Poly-Pharmacy” in Elders

Medications play an important role in improving our health. Additionally, today's medicines can greatly assist in preserving the independence of older adults. Prescriptive drug medications help control many common health conditions. Do you know any seniors experiencing...

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Caring for Elders – and Keeping Your Batteries Charged

Taking care of the caregiver is important. If you hire a home health aide (see: Home Care Partners), they need to re-charge. If you, or a family member is providing care and assistance for elderly parents, you...

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Caregivers Need to Re-Charge

The stress and work to provide and supervise care for elders, or family members, can be exhausting. Specific, normal tasks such as changing clothes or bathing can seem endless. Completion may be quite difficult, time consuming, and inefficient. Daily...

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Care at Home Can Combat Isolation and Depression

Can the lack of socialization and social support really effect an elder's overall quality of life? Absolutely, YES. How important is social support as a person ages? Social activity helps us all! In effect, we remain "connected". Home Care...

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Elders and Social Support

Social support for elders is important for their emotional and physical well-being. Studies have shown that social support services should be characterized by activity -- or planned activities. Staying active, and involved, is hugely beneficial for seniors as...

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How to Assist Elders at Home?

Families Need Support Services for Elderly Parents When considering who provides support for our elderly parents, our first thoughts are to turn to family members. However, while it is true that most support does come from extended relatives or family...

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Call On Local Home Care Resources

As a member of the “sandwich generation”, I can attest to the difficulty in caring for elderly parents while simultaneously living life with my atomic family. Not enough time, too much to do. I know there...

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Elder Exercise Can Encompass All Muscle Groups

Multiple studies and elder research has shown that elderly exercise can greatly enhance the quality of aging and lifestyle. There may be any number of different methods for exercise, and active seniors should choose one or more areas...

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Find Exercise That Is Enjoyable

It is a fact...seniors who exercise maintain better health. Exercise for seniors has multiple benefits, including fun, better fitness and health, and socialization. Getting started, or urging your elderly parents to commit, may be the most difficult hurdle to...

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Prevention and Awareness of Covid Scams

As we begin vaccinations, you can be sure that scammers will be coming up with creative ways to separate elderly from their money. Please keep the following in mind: -- You likely will not need to pay anything out of...

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Monthly Pension for Veterans – Tax Free

The Veterans Administration offers a little-known source of money to assist paying long term care costs entitled Aid & Attendance. This is a tax-free, monthly pension for qualifying veterans/spouses who can verify certain recurring medical and health related expenses,...

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Covid-19, Elderly, and Treatment of Side Effects

Important and timely re-post authored by A Place For Mom… Most COVID-19 side effects can be treated safely at home without any sort of special care. Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used to reduce pain or...

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Covid-19 Vaccine and Elderly Side Effects

Important and timely re-post authored by A Place For Mom.... When it comes to side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines in the elderly, the news is good: Preliminary clinical data for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine showed the majority of side effects...

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Preventing Elders From Falling

For the elderly, the odds of falling each year are about 33%. Good odds if you’re looking to win a lottery; not very good odds if you’re a senior or care for a senior and want them to stay...

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Elderly Understand Their Limitations

When you speak with your elderly parents, listen for hints. In many cases, our elders have a great understanding of their limitations. They know what they can, and can not, accomplish. However, they may not be open, honest, and blunt...

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Elders and Quality of Life

How to stay connected with our aging seniors? I’m convinced that my elderly parents were most happy when socially engaged with other people. Certainly, an occasional stopover from a neighbor or distant relative should be encourage. Any visit from...

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Communication Methods with Elderly

Talking with elderly parents about personal, private issues can be difficult. Topics such as aging, health and finances, remaining independent while living at home, or their thoughts about their final wishes, can be every bit as difficult as...

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Elderly Emotional and Physical Health

A senior’s emotional health can affect their physical health. We see this all the time. Aging is not easy. And, being self-aware of your health can be somewhat difficult…even for those elders with strong mental acuity. The physical...

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Elders…are Experienced at Life

Elders do have something that younger generations lack…experience at life. And they appreciate passing along that expertise, both formally and in casual conversation. Elder adults understand the value of sharing life’s experiences with younger generations. Elders provide a mature...

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Elderly Parents and Memory Loss

Memory loss can be a common characteristic in seniors and our elderly parents. Are your elderly parents beginning to show signs of forgetfulness, or scattered thinking? Before jumping to the conclusion that Alzheimer’s disease has taken hold, realize that...

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Managing Elderly Medication Schedules

Do you know the medication schedule for your elderly parents? For many, this can become a somewhat mind boggling task. And I’m referring to the adult children who are trying to decipher their elderly parent‘s medications! Imagine how confusing it...

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Be Informed on Elderly Medications & Schedules

Families and caregivers should familiarize themselves with ALL elder medications. Knowing the purpose of each drug can help you to understand and be alert to dosage, schedule, and medical need. Does it address blood pressure, or anxiety? Is it...

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How to Apply for VA Aid & Attendance?

How do veterans or eligible surviving spouses apply for the Aid and Attendance pension? Generally, applications are processed via the mail. Documents include the VA Aid and Attendance form, VA Form 21-2680. There is also an examination...

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Aid and Attendance and VA Disability Compensation

For eligible veterans who have been disabled while in service, there are levels of monthly financial compensation potentially available. See VA Disability Compensation. Similarly, the Aid & Attendance pension may also provide some additional financial assistance to...

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VA Aid & Attendance Monetary Benefits

How much is the financial benefit for veterans qualified to receive the VA Aid and Attendance pension? The current maximum monthly VA Aid and Attendance amounts set in 2019 are: - Single veteran: $1,911 - Veteran & Spouse: $2,266 -...

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Veterans and Aid & Attendance Pension Benefit, part 1

Re-posting some initial information on veterans benefits summarized by "A Place for Mom"...more details to follow over next couple of blog posts... ********************************************************************* When it comes to paying for some living expenses, many older adults remain unaware of the options available....

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Mesothelioma, and Surgery for Elderly Patients

The following guest blog was submitted by Devin Golden, a staff writer for Mesothelioma Guide... ****************************************************************** There are two types of mesothelioma: pleural, and peritoneal. The average age of pleural mesothelioma patients is 72. The average age for peritoneal mesothelioma...

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Dementia Treatments for Seniors

How to treat dementia? There is not an easy answer for a progressive disease. First, a proper diagnosis is needed. That, in itself, may be difficult. Secondly, treatment for dementia behaviors may include a combination of therapies,...

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Elder Dementia Therapies

Diagnosing and treating dementia in our elderly parents can be difficult. There are certain communication skills, or methods of approaching and speaking with an senior, which assist in connecting with elderly. But everyone is different, so there...

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Cost of Living Increase 2021

Social Security and disability benefits will rise by 1.3% next year, with the average monthly benefit increasing by $20 to $1,543 from $1523, according to the Social Security Administration. The increase accounts for the rise in inflation and is calculated...

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How to Define Dementia?

We've all heard the phrase, "senior dementia". In some cases, this serves as a catch-all for elderly parents showcasing forgetfulness and/or memory lapses. However, the underlying cause may be a specific kind of dementia, which is generally...

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Tips to Prevent Elder Memory Loss

We all have "senior" moments. Everyone has a temporary memory lapse or occasional forgetfulness. But this is different from complete memory loss. Your brain is a part of your body...it needs excercise and good health...

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How to Help with Senior Bathing

We are all different. And when it applies to bathing our elderly parents, this is certainly true. Be conscious, and respectful, of your elderly parent’s possible need for privacy, warmth, proper hygiene, and comfort. They may...

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How to Compare Medicare Advantage Plans?

The following information provided by PayingforSeniorCare.com, an organization striving to access reliable and up-to-date information about financial resources for seniors... ************************************************************************************ With so many plan choices, it can be hard to know which type of plan is best. Below elders can...

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Enrollment and Eligibility for Medicare Advantage in Massachusetts

The following information compliments of PayingforSeniorCare.com, an organization striving to provide up-to-date information about financial resources for seniors... ******************************************************************** Prior to enrolling in Medicare Advantage (Part C), seniors must first be enrolled in Original Medicare. Anyone who is eligible for Medicare...

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Defining Medicare Advantage (Part C)

The following information provided by PayingforSeniorCare.com , an organization striving to access reliable and up-to-date information about financial resources for seniors... ************************************************************* Medicare Advantage (Part C), a privately offered alternative to Original Medicare (Parts A and B), has grown in popularity...

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Elderly Hospital Discharge, pt. 2

Upon being discharged from a hospital (or rehab facility) and returning home, an elder's normal habits and old routines also get re-established. In other words, bad habits can characterize a senior's normal household routine. This is where professional in-home...

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Elders and Depression

Many seniors have grown up in a culture that stigmatized mental illness. This is a prevailing "cloud", which makes them less comfortable admitting when they experience depression and taking steps to do something about it. For family members wanting...

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Elderly Parents are Fall Risks

Why do our elderly parents fall? Is is simply old age? Actually, there are many reasons and explanations. Seniors can trip over obstacles which may be deemed minor. Examples include a small rug, or door thresholds. ...

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Aging May Cause Deteriorating Vision

I just had an eye exam last week. I initiated the consult due to experiencing some "flashing light" and resultant "floaters" in my vision. After a complete check-up...vision test; eye pressure; probing for any signs of macular...

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