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Staying Hydrated & Cool in Hot Weather

July 30, 2019

During the hot summer months, it’s important to stay hydrated. Dehydration affects us all during heat waves, but those with respiratory difficulties or conditions such as Alzheimer’s are especially at risk, as are young children and the elderly. When the temperature starts to rise, these simple steps can ensure that you and those close to you are safe and hydrated. Dehydration warning signs The most obvious sign of dehydration is feeling thirstier than ...

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Making A Difference in End Of Life Care

July 15, 2019

It can be challenging to provide end of life care, with the term itself having final and negative connotations. The thought of caring for someone – either a loved one or in a professional setting – who is nearing the end of their life, may be overwhelming. However, while it can be an incredibly difficult time, it can also be very fulfilling. It gives you the opportunity to truly make a positive impact on the lives of ...

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Celebrating A Birthday for Someone Living with Dementia

July 2, 2019

Celebrating important birthdays can be confusing and unsettling for you and your loved one with dementia. It’s not that they don’t want to celebrate their birthday – it may be that they can’t remember when their birthday is or what happens when it’s someone’s birthday. Here are some ideas about celebrating a loved one’s birthday when they have a dementia diagnosis. Organizing a celebration Living with dementia doesn’t affect ...

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Meeting Your Nutritional Needs as You Age

June 26, 2019

Our bodies change as we age, and seniors have very different nutritional needs than teenagers, children, and even middle-aged adults. From healthy fats to fiber, aging bodies need certain foods to promote good health. Age-related changes can affect how your body processes food, which influences your dietary needs and affects your appetite. These are some of the changes that seniors experience: Your metabolism slows down This happens naturally, but it becomes more pronounced if you ...

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Understanding Cholesterol & How To Get Healthier

May 23, 2019

Having high levels of cholesterol in your body is unhealthy, whether you’re old or young. However, for seniors, high cholesterol can be more serious, as underlying health problems can exacerbate the situation, and excessive bad cholesterol, in particular, can make it harder to get other health issues under control. What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance made by the liver that is essential for normal body functioning. Blood carries cholesterol around the body ...

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The Differences Between Assisted Living And Nursing Homes

May 17, 2019

Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are two options on the spectrum of senior housing and senior care. The primary difference between the two is that assisted living is housing that provides some care, while nursing homes are care facilities that also provide housing. Assisted living helps seniors with self-care Most assisted living residents don’t need constant supervision. Some assisted living facilities will have a resident nurse, maybe even an onsite health clinic. However ...

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Aging Alone Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely

May 1, 2019

As people age, many start worrying about living alone. What will it be like? Who’ll help if I become ill? What if I feel lonely and isolated? Seniors, especially, worry about maintaining social connections when friends and family pass on or if mobility is lost. Seniors need social interactions and people in their lives who care. Loneliness and isolation can lead to depression, which is associated with health problems such as diabetes, coronary artery ...

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Easy Ways for Seniors to Improve Their Sleep Habits

April 15, 2019

As we age, it can sometimes be more difficult to get an adequate amount of quality sleep. Seniors can often be plagued by restless nights due to ongoing sleep disorders. Even the healthiest seniors cannot stop the aging process, and with advancing age comes the inability to sleep well. There are some great techniques seniors can implement to help improve their sleeping habits. Sleep routine Sleeping habits become better when there is a routine in ...

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Seniors And The Opioid Crisis

March 29, 2019

It can be difficult to recognize opioid misuse among seniors, who are particularly prone to the effects of opioids. They could be grappling with a substance use disorder without anyone knowing about it. Family and friends of people ages 65 and older can do their part to help their loved one avoid misusing prescription drugs. Ask questions To reduce confusion about prescription drug use, a family member could join a senior on their doctor’s ...

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How to Evaluate an Elder Care Community

March 19, 2019

It never feels like the right time to think about moving a loved one to an assisted living community. Above all else, you want your senior to be safe, well fed, and mentally stimulated. Once you’ve decided to make a change, the next decision is finding the right community for your aging senior. It’s important to take the following precautions to determine if the elder care community feels right for your loved one ...

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