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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eight hours of sleep may be crucial to preventing Alzheimer’s

What time are you going to bed tonight? The answer probably will depend on a number of things you have to do before bedtime: clean up around the house, answer some emails, or maybe prepare for that big meeting in the morning. Researchers at the Washington School of Medicine say that lack of sleep might […]

Parkinson’s Disease – In the Shadow of Alzheimers

Parkinson’s Disease affects up to 1 million Americans. Overshadowed by Alzheimers, Parkinson’s is also incurabale and is the 14th leading cause of death. April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.  Please honor those fighting Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Click here to read more..

Senior Malnutrition is more common than thought, and can be a serious concern

There are many contributing factors to elderly malnutrition. Some of our most common requests are meal preparation, and kind, “meal reminders”. Our caregivers are not only compassionate, but they are excellent cooks as well! For more information concerning elderly malnutrition, click here..

As we age, do we have “senior moments”, or are they signs of something more?