Monthly Archives: July 2015

Strength Training for Seniors

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strength_trainingAs we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep our bodies in tiptop shape. To stave off some of the effects of aging, older adults would be wise to make strength training part of their regular exercise routine. (more…)

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Managing Conflict About Parents’ Care

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When Siblings Disagree About TheirWhen an aging parent needs care, the best-case scenario is that the adult children will agree on a strategy for caregiving and share in whatever responsibilities are required going forward. Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen, which is why it’s important to have a plan in place for managing conflict among siblings who disagree about their parents’ care. …Read more ›

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When Should I Hire a Professional Elder Care Advocate?

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elder care advocateLast month, I shared tips from IKOR International’s founder and chief innovation officer, Patricia Maisano, on how to be an effective advocate for your senior loved one.

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Diminished Eyesight Among Seniors: What to Know and How to Respond

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low visionWhen your eyesight begins to fail as a result of age-related conditions, it’s tempting to feel like all hope is lost for your vision. But Dr. Donald C. Fletcher, medical director of the Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center in Wichita, Kansas, challenges that negative outlook.

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Understanding Medication Side Effects

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prescriptionWe live in an age in which a wide range of prescription drugs is available to increase longevity and improve the quality of life. However, while prescription drugs provide a multitude of benefits such as alleviating pain or controlling high blood pressure, it’s important to be aware of potential side effects that may ultimately thwart the intended purpose of taking such drugs in the first …Read more ›

Brain-Healthy Habits May Lower Your Dementia Risk

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brain_healthAmericans fear the prospect of developing Alzheimer’s disease more than they fear contracting any other major life-threatening illness such as cancer, stroke or heart disease. Thus, it will come as welcome news to learn that an increasing body of research suggests that healthy lifestyle choices are good not only for the body but also for the brain. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 7/1/15: How Tech Tools Are Advancing Elder Care

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lack of internet use may sideline senior citizensDuring Wednesday’s live discussion, 75 new and returning participants exchanged information, insights, and ideas on the technology innovations in the pipeline – and currently on the market – designed to support, enhance and streamline the daily routines of caregivers and seniors. (more…)

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage

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dementia stages timelineThough every type of dementia is different and every person who has dementia is different, understanding the basic stages can make a tremendous difference in the life of the senior, says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists, a specialized offering of the Crisis Prevention Institute. “Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias tend to progress through predictable stages,” she explains. “When …Read more ›

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Caring for a Parent After a Stroke

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post-strokeWhen an elderly parent is recovering from a stroke, there is perhaps no more helpful advice for family caregivers than “Expect the unexpected.” (more…)

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