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Slips and Falls Can Be Deadly

by Kim Hayes, AARP, May 19, 2017 With aging comes an increased risk for slip-and-fall accidents, some even resulting in death, as we saw with former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. The newsman died Thursday at the age of 77 following a fall in his bathroom that resulted in a head injury, according to news reports. AARP […]

Loss of Appetite in the Elderly – Causes and How to Cope

Loss of appetite and changes in appetite are a natural part of aging, but it’s still important to make sure seniors get enough nutrients. Our nutritionist Heather Schwartz shares her advice on what to do if your elderly parents won’t eat. You’ve asked, and we’ve answered. Our recent senior nutrition poll highlighted readers’ concerns about […]

Home Care for Seniors with Dementia

Home Care for Seniors with Dementia As the population ages, there are more people who are choosing alternative ways to care for their loved ones and are able to stay at home. A symptom of aging and brain impairment can be dementia, its symptoms affect quite a large population in the USA. Taking care of […]

Laughter is the best medicine!!

Benefits of Laughter Yoga by Jennifer Wegerer Laughter yoga is a new twist on an ancient practice. Not only does it increase happiness, but it also strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and lowers stress.  More contagious than a cough or sneeze, laughter relaxes the whole body. It triggers the release of endorphins, promoting an […]

14 Signs Your Elderly Parent May be Unsafe Living Alone

  It can be difficult to tell the difference between normal, age-related decline and something more serious. According to Alan Gruber, M.D., a psychiatrist with a private practice in Massachusetts, there are several ways a loved one can tell if an elderly relative is losing his or her independence. Here are some things to look […]

Creating a “Life Celebration” for a Person with Dementia

Even with advanced dementia, my mother could feel moments of joy. I will always feel grateful that we gathered to celebrate her life not after she passed away, but while she was alive and could enjoy being the center of attention.  My mother, Judy, told me years ago that when she passed away she wanted […]

Speaking Two Languages Delays Dementia

Have you ever wished you spoke a second language? A new study may give you more motivation to expand your language skills. The largest study on the topic has concluded that speaking a second language may delay the onset of three different types of dementia. The study is the first to report that speaking two […]

A Little-Known Benefit for Aging Veterans

Here’s a riddle: When is a government benefit that pays for caregivers, assisted living and a nursing home not a benefit? When hardly any people know they’re entitled to it. That seems to be the story with a Department of Veterans Affairs benefit called the Aid and Attendance and Housebound Improved Pension benefit, known as […]