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Bathing Guidelines for Seniors: Is a Daily Bath Really Necessary?

Sinking into a soothing, warm bubble bath at the end of a stress-filled day, and stepping into a hot, invigorating shower first thing in the morning are daily pleasures for many of us. However it is possible to have too much of a good thing when it comes to bathing guidelines for seniors. You might […]

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How Caring Too Much May Be Harmful to a Caregiver’s Health

Empathy is, naturally, a vital characteristic of effective caregiving. The ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes allows you to better meet their needs. But there is one particular type of empathy you’ll want to understand and how it can be harmful to a caregiver’s health: emotional empathy. Emotional empathy takes caring to another level. […]

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How to Create Purpose for Older Adults and the Benefits They’ll Achieve

What is it that gets you out of bed every morning? If you’re a member of the sandwich generation, caring for both older and younger loved ones, your list is probably quite extensive! As the nest empties, however, it becomes vital to redefine our identity and discover new ways to bring meaning to each day. […]

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Senior Care Tips to Overcome the Challenges of Medical Tests

There is often nothing “routine” about a routine checkup. You may arrive to your appointment perfectly fine but leave with orders for blood work as well as other lab tests a doctor recommends to keep you as healthy as possible. These tests might be nothing more than a small inconvenience for you, however for older […]

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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 […]