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Why In-Home Care?

Why In-Home Care? One survey shows that 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Your home is where you’re comfortable. It’s what is familiar. It provides comfort. If you move out to an assisted living community or nursing home, you’re starting over. You may have to room with a […]

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 […]

How to Stop the Alzheimer’s Wandering Crisis

Why Do People with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Wander? Of course it’s difficult to imagine what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s or dementia, but there seem to be three primary causes of wandering for seniors with dementia: 1.Confusion People with Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia can become confused and disoriented about their location and get […]

Volunteer Puppy Love – Raising a Service Dog

Today’s new breed of service dogs provides assistance in a variety of ways beyond their best-known role as escorts for blind companions. They retrieve household objects for people with limited mobility, act as ears for hearing-impaired individuals, monitor children with life-threatening food allergies and more. Some researchers are even exploring the role dogs can play […]

4 Ways to Prevent Elderly Dehydration

 Our elderly loved ones need a little extra TLC in the hot summer months. Get the 411 on why dehydration increases with age and get some tips on keeping your favorite senior hydrated. Dehydration is a huge issue for the elderly. A recent University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the […]