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Changes in Food Affects Behavior in Elderly

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Changes in Food Affects Behavior in Elderly We all know junk food is not good for us, but we are tempted and cave in more often than we probably should. But now, studies are showing that if we eat unhealthy all of the time it could have serious repercussions on our mental health. A new study looks at the impact heart-healthy and less-healthy dietary patterns may have on cognitive decline as people age. Research show ..

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Holidays and Depression

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Holidays and Depression The holiday season is a time of joy, laughter, family gatherings, and wonderful memories, created and remembered. However, not everyone enjoys this time of year, for some it actually causes depression. For many individuals, and most especially seniors, the holidays can be especially sad and depressing. If you are a caregiver or family member of an aging loved one, you may observe a change in their mood or beh ..

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When Assisted Living Isn’t Enough

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When Assisted Living Isn’t Enough You and your family may be beyond frustrated and sad about your aging loved one’s situation, and you may think you have no options. However, the truth is that there’s always something that can be done to optimize health and wellbeing when assisted living isn’t enough. Whether it’s consulting a geriatrician for expert advice and care information, finding a senior care com ..

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How to Prepare to Age Alone

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

How to Prepare to Age Alone According to a 2012 study in The Gerontologist (http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/current), about one-third of 45- to 63-year-olds are single, most of who never married or are divorced. That's a whopping 50 percent increase since 1980, the study found. What's more, about 15 percent of 40- to 44-year-old women had no children in 2012 -- up from about 10 percent in 1980, U.S. Census data shows.  ..

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Eye Health for Seniors

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Eye Health Risks for Seniors to Know As we age, certain health issues can become more and more prominent, meaning we have to stay consistent about medical check-ups and taking good care of ourselves. One area in particular that becomes more susceptible to disease and damage as we age is our eyes. There are several eye-related health risks that increase for seniors, and knowing what they are can help you know what signs and symptoms  ..

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Medication Management Tips That Could Save Your Life

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Medication Management Tips That Could Save Your Life According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (http://www.aafp.org/home.html): “The statistics on medication usage among elderly patients in the US are eye-opening: more than one-third of prescriptions drugs used in the US are taken by elderly patients; the ambulatory elderly fill between 9-13 prescriptions a year (including new prescriptions and refills); the average eld ..

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How General Anesthesia Can Affect an Elder’s Mind

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How General Anesthesia Can Affect an Elder’s Mind As we get older our bodies become weaker or problems arise and more likely than not you will need to have surgery and will require general anesthesia. As we age the way our bodies process drugs changes and our overall metabolic rate is slower. According to Agingcare.com (https://www.agingcare.com/) "General anesthesia does carry a higher risk for the elderly population," says Da ..

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November Newsletter

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month – This years’ theme is “Hospice Helps Everyone” and that is truly what hospice does, it helps everyone, from the patient to the family, and help every step of the way. In 1992, the month of November was designated to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care within the community. During the month of November, hospices across the country are reaching out to rai ..

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease! One great ways to get involved is to join yo ..

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