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Tips For Seniors and Caregivers

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Seniors: Get a Fitbit and Get Walking!

If you are looking for something to make your walking workouts more fun and interesting, you may want to know about the Fitbit.  This is a physical activity tracker which was introduced in 2008 as sort of modernized version of the pedometer. In May 2014, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an interesting […]

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How to Identify Elder Abuse

If you have entrusted the life of your elderly loved one to a caregiver, it is hard to imagine the person violating that trust by hurting someone you love.  Unfortunately, elder abuse by caregivers is a very real issue.  In 2012, the National Center on Elder Abuse reported that one to two million older Americans […]

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Simple Exercises Seniors Can Do Indoors

One of the most important things seniors can do to maintain their strength, flexibility, and sense of balance is to exercise.  However, it can be difficult to get motivated during the winter months.  The cold, snow, and ice often are not conducive to you doing your usual walking or other outdoor exercise safely, and can […]

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Seniors in 20 States Must Renew Drivers Licenses More Often

In January 2015, the state of Virginia implemented a new law which requires drivers age 75 and over to renew their license in person every five years.  This is change to their previous law, which required drivers 80 and older to renew in person every 8 years.  Virginia is one of 20 states requiring seniors […]

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Seven Signs of Dementia

One of the most commonly misunderstood things about dementia is that is not a disease unto itself.  Rather, dementia is an umbrella term describing a collection of symptoms that involve impairments to communication, thinking, and memory.  Dementia is most frequently brought on by Alzheimer’s disease, but its onset can be caused by other things, such […]

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How TeleHealth Can Benefit Seniors

As defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, telehealth is “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health, and health administration.”  Examples of telehealth in everyday life are online medical support groups, electronic health records, online doctor visits, […]

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Avoiding Financial Scams

As we have discussed in previous articles, scam artists are increasingly targeting senior citizens as victims.  The perception exists that seniors are more likely to assume honesty of others and less likely to take action when they have been scammed due to their own embarrassment.  In particular, scammers tend to seek out seniors who have […]

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Helping Loved Ones Adjust to Retirement Community Living

Retirement communities offer many advantages for newly retired seniors, as they allow individuals to live independently while also being provided with a wide array of options regarding social events, activities, and the pursuit of hobbies.  However, even though your loved ones may intellectually understand all of the reasons why a retirement community is a good […]

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Valentine’s Day and Senior Citizens

Valentine’s Day is a holiday set aside to recognize love of all types.  However, for senior citizens, it can serve as a sad reminder about a love who has passed away.  If you have an aging loved one in your life you suspect will be feeling lonely and sad on Valentine’s Day, below are some […]

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Helping Seniors Living with Heart Disease

If you have an older loved one who has been diagnosed with heart disease, it can be a scary time for both of you.  While your loved one will be living with this illness for the rest of their life, there are ways to manage it and work to prevent it from getting worse.  Below […]

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Aging and Your Diet

Have you noticed that over time, foods you used to enjoy seem to no longer be agreeing with you?  There is a very good reason for this, and it is simply the fact that you are getting older.  Aging causes changes in your body that actually impact how it processes food.  Primarily, your metabolism slows […]

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Habits to Help You Live Longer!

Popular magazine U.S. News and World Report has written a book entitled How to Live to 100: Be Healthy, Be Happy and Afford It.  As a teaser, they have made some of their tips available online.  While some most certainly agree with common wisdom, a few just may surprise you.

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