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Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Help

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Help When coming home to visit a loved one after being away for a while you may notice some signs that mom/and or dad may need some extra help staying independent. Little things like the mail is stacking up or the refrigerator has too much expired product or nothing in it at all, are some signs they may need help. It is important to know the signs and be aware of them to ensure you are doing everything y ..

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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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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 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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Choosing A Good Nursing Home

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Choosing A Good Nursing Home When making the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home there are many questions and it can become overwhelming! There are some basic questions you can ask and signs to look for to ensure your loved one will be in a safe, friendly, caring environment. 1. How does the food look and taste? Dining with your parent in the nursing home cafeteria is a great way not only to bolster your parent&rsq ..

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The Do's and Don'ts of Discharge

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of Discharge The primary goal of discharge planning is to ensure a patient’s smooth transition from the hospital to her home or another facility. Patients must be humanely and appropriately discharged when they are medically ready to leave the hospital. Senior patients who are unable to care for themselves cannot be sent home, if proper care is not in place; medically incompetent adults cannot be brought to h ..

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Fall Prevention

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fall Prevention and Facts According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. And the risk of falling increases with each decade of life. The long-term consequences of fall injuries, such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can impact the health and independence of older adults. Thankful ..

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