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Caution: Sleeping Pills May Be Dangerous to Senior Health

Could there be anything better than getting up well rested after a good night’s sleep, completely energized and able to face the day? For some older adults – as much as a third of them – getting sufficient sleep only occurs inside their dreams. And unfortunately, it’s a common assumption that poor sleep is merely […]


Chronic Pain in Older Adults: How to Manage It Beyond Just Meds

As the extensive population of baby boomers continue to get older, and as our life span continues to be extended, our philosophy with respect to how to manage chronic pain has expanded accordingly. At present, more than 50% of those over age 65 complain of persistent pain—and for ¾ of those dealing with chronic pain, […]


The Eat Right Plight: Understanding the Orange County Senior Malnutrition Crisis

Remember weekend dinners at Grandma’s house, when the entire family came together round the table to share a hearty meal, conversations, and laughter? Regrettably, with many families now living at a distance from their older relatives, combined with so many urgent needs pulling us in numerous directions, it is difficult to continue this tradition – […]


It’s True! A Good Diet Gives You a Better Brain!

The remarkable results of a recent AARP study are in: people who maintain a healthy diet plan are twice as apt to consider their mental acuity to be very good or excellent in comparison to people who rarely eat well. In particular, a diet high in fish, vegetables and fruits equated to higher brain health. […]


How to Word Commonly Said Phrases More Positively for Aging Parents

Honesty is always the best policy, right? Yet there are times when some truths are better left unsaid, or at least worded more positively, particularly when communicating with aging loved ones. While we may have the very best of intentions in trying to help older adults navigate life, we can help prevent hurt feelings in […]


A Lesser Known Effect of Dementia: Anosognosia

“Why would you think I have Alzheimer’s? There’s nothing wrong with me!” If you’ve listened to a friend or family member with dementia frustratingly voice this or maybe a matching sentiment, it’s possible you have assumed the person was simply in denial and unwilling to accept a tough diagnosis. The simple truth is, however, that […]


How Can Elderly Drivers Giving Up Their Car Keys Negatively Affect Their Health?

It’s one of the more troublesome decisions we must confront in older years, and an extremely delicate subject for adult children to broach with their elderly parents: surrendering the car keys. Driving ourselves, while delivering an intrinsic experience of freedom and independence, can become extremely hazardous due to a number of conditions associated with growing […]


Dementia Care: Key Symptoms Used to Diagnose Dementia

Mom seems to be a bit perplexed nowadays. Yesterday evening, she inadvertently used salt instead of sugar in her well known chocolate chip cookie recipe. She called the dog by my brother’s name. And she misplaced her handbag, only to find it in the medicine cabinet. Is it possible she’s developing Alzheimer’s disease or another […]


Home Care for the Holidays: How Holiday Treats Affect Senior Health

It’s here: we’ve entered the season of sweets! From frosted cookies to amazing pies to candy canes and chocolate mint cocoa, it’s very difficult to disregard the variety of amazing treats that overwhelm us, and the special feelings they stir up, especially near the holidays. But what result does this increased amount of sugar consumption […]