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alzheimers disease prevention

6 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s Disease once every 67 seconds.  It is the sixth leading cause of death in America, and out of the top 10 causes of death, it is the only one that cannot be cured, slowed, or prevented.  As of 2015, 5.3 million Americans of […]

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Seniors and Pet Therapy

Every day, people flock to YouTube to watch videos of pets as a form of entertainment and stress relief. Those benefits could be even more present in the life of your senior loved one if they had a pet of their own.  According to the pet therapy organization Paws for People, interacting with a gentle […]

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Pain Care for the Elderly

Chronic pain is defined as pain that continues and/or grows worse over a long period of time.  According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 percent of older adults who live on their own, and 75 to 85 percent of those in care facilities, suffer from chronic pain.  This constant pain results in a variety […]

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Fire Safety for Older Adults

According to the National Fire Protection Association, adults age 65 and over are twice as likely to be injured or killed by fire when compared to the general population.  Regardless of if you have an aging parent living in your home or on their own, precautions need to be taken to ensure maximum safety in […]

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Falling Injuries Can Be Life Threatening

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released some startling statistics regarding falls in Americans age 65 and over. One third of Americans age 65 and over fall each year. An older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall every 14 seconds. An older adult dies from a […]

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Making Sure Your Loved One is Receiving the Best Care

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or other care facility can be an extremely difficult one.  Even if you diligently investigated every nursing home in the state until you were sure you had found the very best one for your loved one’s needs, it’s natural to continue to have concerns […]

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Know Who Is Behind the Door Before You Open It!

On June 18, 2014, KIRO TV in Bellevue, Washington reported that police had arrested U Hyon Yi for targeting and scamming three elderly victims.  He befriended the women, earning their trust by offering to do odd jobs for them around the house.  Once that trust was established, Yi asked to borrow thousands of dollars, starting […]

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senior fitness with fit bit

6 Versions of Fitbit for Seniors

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 wearable fitness 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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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 so it’s important to have simple exercises for the elderly that are easy and fun.  The cold, snow, and ice often are […]

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seniors driving safely

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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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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senior heart health

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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