Monthly Archives: September 2009

Dementia Risk Seen in Players in N.F.L. Study

A study commissioned by the National Football League reports that Alzheimer’s disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league’s former players vastly more often than in the national population — including a rate of …Read more ›

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Healthcare Reform and Senior Care – Why You Need To Be Concerned

There is so much confusion about what is in (and what is out of) the proposed healthcare reform legislation.  With the Senate bill still in committee, and the Congressional bill still being debated, should you be concerned about the funding of Medicare and Medicaid?

The short answer is: Yes, but if you are a current senior, there are some good things in the proposed legislation.  For …Read more ›

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How Do Seniors Use Social Media ? – National Institute on Aging Launches Study

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will use a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to determine how computer use and social media activities can enhance seniors’ quality of life. The five-year study will include 300 residents at 15 Alabama assisted living communities who will engage in activities such as blogging, …Read more ›

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When Elder Care Becomes Difficult, You Can Hire An Expert

Caring  for an elderly parent is emotionally and mentally draining. There are diagnoses to decipher, housing issues to consider, health aides to vet and a raft of legal documents to complete. It can seem overwhelming, even when families are in complete agreement on how to care for an elderly relative. And often they are not.

The NY Times has an article today on  what to do when you feel the situation …Read more ›

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Great Technology for Aging in Place.

Business Week has devoted a special report to Aging in Place. Aging in Place is defined by the CDC as “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level”. Many a research has shown that the longer we can stay in our own home, the longer we live and our quality of life is much better.

The article focuses …Read more ›

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Seniors will not be getting a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for first time in 35 Years!

Barring action by Congress, 2010 will be the first year in 35 years that seniors don’t get a cost-of-living adjustment. Benefits won’t shrink, but it may feel like a cut because of rising medical costs.

Come January, seniors may do a double take after seeing their Social Security checks. The 2- to 3-percentage-point increase in benefits they’ve been getting each year won’t be there.

That’s because, for the first time in three decades, the checks likely …Read more ›

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Today (September 21st) is World Alzheimer’s Day – The Color Purple

World Alzheimer’s Day is a day when Alzheimer’s Associations and other organizations around the globe unite in an effort to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on our families, communities and nations.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Day™ 2009 is ‘Diagnosing Dementia: See It Sooner’.

Alzheimer’s is a sinister disease. Hard to spot, hard to diagnosis, and hard to deal with effectively. It is also extremely difficult for the caregivers. Those family members who …Read more ›

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Taking Care of Parents Without Going Broke

The New York Times has a  nice article today about how to help cover costs when taking care of a parents.

About 30 percent of adult children in the United States contribute financially to their parents’ care, according to the Pew Research Center. On average these children pay $2,400 a year on everything from uncovered medical expenses to making sure the refrigerator is stocked each week. …Read more ›

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Best Senior Friendly Electric Grills

As we get older, we often need to find ways to simplify cooking and improve our diet. Moving from the frying pan to an electric grill is an easy place to start. Easy to use electric grills are great for seniors who love grilling up a healthy meal, but don’t have the time or …Read more ›

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What to do when you are 104 years old and in a nursing home? Tweet !

Tuesday is her 104th birthday, but that hasn’t stopped Britain’s Ivy Bean from being an avid Twitter user and possibly the oldest person on the social networking site.

From the care home where she lives in the northern English city of Bradford, near Leeds, Bean updates her more than 40,000 Twitter followers about the ups and downs of her life — from getting her hair done with her good friend Mabel, to eating fish and …Read more ›

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