The Surprising Impact of Opioids on Seniors
Perhaps, like many of us are prone to do, you have a preconceived notion of certain stereotypical groups of people. For example, what comes to mind when you hear the words “drug addict”? A young adult struggling to get through daily life without a fix, maybe resorting to a life of crime to finance his or her habit? Continue reading “The Surprising Impact of Opioids on Seniors” »
Help for Sundowning Gives Caregivers a Rest
Those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease know that as the day winds down, the stressors can ramp up. Sundowning, a common experience in dementia in which seniors become agitated, fearful, and restless during the evening hours, is exhausting for all involved. Frustrations escalate as family members try to keep the older adult calm and safe, while trying to get some rest themselves. Continue reading “Help for Sundowning Gives Caregivers a Rest” »
Caring for an Older Loved One? Reduce Stress with These Life Hacks.
“There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Has this been your mantra lately? Those in the sandwich generation in particular – who simultaneously are taking care of children and their senior parents – can easily become overwhelmed with being pulled in so many different directions. We invite you to set aside just a few precious moments to implement these sanity-saving tips: Continue reading “Caring for an Older Loved One? Reduce Stress with These Life Hacks.” »
Avoid Senior Malnutrition with These Facts on Nutritional Needs for Older Adults
With all the busyness in life, how many times do we grab a cup of coffee and a donut on our hurried way to work, stopping for fast food on the way home to avoid having to cook? Younger adults with a high metabolism, optimum muscle strength, and fewer chronic health conditions can get away more easily with temporarily poor eating habits; but nutritional needs for older adults are much more crucial to maintain. Continue reading “Avoid Senior Malnutrition with These Facts on Nutritional Needs for Older Adults” »
Be Sure to Take These Steps Before Taking Care of Aging Parents at Home
Now that Mom’s given up the car keys and is beginning to move around a bit more slowly, the decision has been made to divvy up her care needs between yourself and your siblings. Someone needs to take her to the grocery store, doctor’s office, and beauty shop. Someone else needs to take care of laundry and housework. And of course the yard needs to be maintained. But there are some other crucial elements to taking on the care of aging parents that need to be addressed but often go unnoticed until there’s a problem. Continue reading “Be Sure to Take These Steps Before Taking Care of Aging Parents at Home” »
Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care Tips
If only providing care for a loved one with dementia came with a handbook, rather than the trial-and-error-and-trial-again method so many of us are faced with. The various stages of the disease that need to be worked through make it all the more challenging; as soon as we begin to feel fairly adept at managing one phase, we’re on to the next. Continue reading “Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care Tips” »
True or False? Reducing Saturated Fat Improves Heart Health. Surprising Research.
It’s hard to make healthy dietary choices when recommendations seem to change from one week to the next. We’d been told that saturated fats from sources such as butter, red meat and fried food were detrimental, but later research indicated there wasn’t enough proof that those who gave up these delicacies improved their heart health – and so, we were given the green light to choose butter over margarine once again. Continue reading “True or False? Reducing Saturated Fat Improves Heart Health. Surprising Research.” »
Could You Actually Be Bullying Your Elderly Parents?
Everywhere you look these days, campaigns against bullying are popping up. We’re now a zero tolerance society when it comes to bullying, and a rough and tough ten-year-old can no longer get away with teasing and tormenting his classmates. But perhaps there’s some other, less apparent sort of bullying occurring – that of trying to play the parent to our aging parents, thus overstepping some unwritten boundaries. Although our parents’ choices are often different than the choices we would make, we should not force our choices onto them – especially if it is not a safety issue. Continue reading “Could You Actually Be Bullying Your Elderly Parents?” »
The Fascinating Connection Between Light Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers are shedding some new light on treatments to potentially impact Alzheimer’s disease: light therapy. The effects of light are only just beginning to be tapped, and already are showing some interesting and promising results.
For example, MIT researchers are testing a type of flickering light therapy, in which the visual cortex of mice is showing a temporary reduction of beta amyloid plaques. And while there’s no indication yet on how this might correlate to human studies, it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on. Continue reading “The Fascinating Connection Between Light Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease” »
Five Questions Heart Attack Survivors Need Answered
This year, hundreds of thousands of people will experience a heart attack, and they will have been left with no time to plan for how this will change their everyday lives in so many ways. As with anything, the simplest defense is a good offense, and becoming prepared now can (literally!) help heart attack survivors save a great deal of heartache down the road.
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