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Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction: Are Seniors at Risk After Surgery?

Undergoing surgery for older adults commonly involves some inherent risks, but there’s a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors following surgery that we all have to be aware of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD occurs in more than 25% of older adults during the days or even weeks after non-cardiac surgery, and can […]

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28 Wellness Questions to Ask Seniors Over the Holiday Season

It’s been months since you have had the chance for a nice, long visit with Mom. Now that the holidays are here, you will have some quality time to catch up. Naturally, you’ll want to make the most of this time together, but it’s also an ideal time to assess how she is really doing, […]

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Utilizing Your Long-Term Care Insurance Benefits for Home Care

It’s a great idea to plan ahead for future needs by investing in a long-term care insurance policy, but when the time comes to access those benefits, seniors and their families may find the process confusing. The following long-term care insurance primer can help: What services are covered? While each person’s plan may differ, long-term […]

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Simple, Effective Strategies You Can Try Today to Reduce Memory Decline

Remember learning the order of the colors of the rainbow in elementary school? A number of us were introduced to Roy G. Biv to master this feat – among the many mnemonics we learn that, surprisingly, often stay with us for a lifetime. As we age, some degree of memory decline is to be anticipated; […]

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Researchers Look to Uncover the Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

Are you finding the need to turn the TV up louder for a senior you love? Talking more loudly? Repeating conversations the senior loved one missed hearing the first time? Hearing loss in seniors is not uncommon. But recent studies are pointing to a startling connection between hearing loss and dementia. How Hearing and Cognitive […]

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Is an Older Adult You Love Overmedicated?

The days of “take two aspirin and call me in the morning” have morphed into “take two of these…and two of these…and maybe one of those, too!” Nearly forty percent of older adults are taking at least five different prescription medications every day – not to mention vitamins, supplements, and OTC meds. Because of this, […]

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What Is Chemo Brain Fog and How Can You Reduce Its Effects?

Confusion. Short-term memory problems. Inability to focus. Could it be Alzheimer’s? Possibly; however if you are a cancer survivor, there is another likely culprit that may be at play: chemotherapy. Referred to as chemotherapy induced cognitive impairment (CICI) or “chemo brain,” effects such as these can continue for months or even years post-treatment. Chemo brain […]

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What to Know If Applying for Guardianship of an Elderly Parent

In an ideal world, our family interactions would all be positive and helpful. We would handle transitional times cooperatively, smoothly, and with virtually no disagreement. As our parents grew older, it would be a simple process to satisfy their needs today and their needs in the future. The reality, however, is that being an adult […]

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Is It Possible to Live Alone with Dementia?

There has long been an assumption that when someone received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of progressive dementia, the only real option was nursing home care. After all, it’s unrealistic for someone to live alone with dementia and continue to reside at home – or is it? Data demands the necessity for […]

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Six Steps to Boost Senior Wellness All Year Long

Many people have cast aside their New Year’s resolutions by the end of January, but who says resolutions should only be made at the start of the year? There’s no time like the present to commit to a new habit or goal, particularly when it pertains to senior wellness.  We’ve got six tips you can […]

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A New Alzheimer’s Treatment Option Holds Promise in Clinical Trials

If 2021 will be remembered as the year for COVID-19 vaccines, perhaps 2022 will be marked with a different version of a life-changing Alzheimer’s treatment option: a vaccine that may actually prevent or slow the further advancement of Alzheimer’s disease.  The very first human trial of Protollin, delivered through nasal spray, is underway in 16 […]

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Virtual Reality Opens a New Frontier in Reaching Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Imagine for a minute how it would feel to struggle with the cognitive obstacles of dementia. The people who are closest to you are now unfamiliar. The words and phrases that would roll off your tongue without an additional thought are now just out of reach. In fact, the whole world as you once knew […]