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The Dangers of Family Dynamics Resurfacing when Looking After Elderly Parents

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 by Elyse
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Family CaregiversPerhaps your family rivals those on Walton’s Mountain in its unconditional love, unwavering patience with one another, and determination to stick together through thick and thin. But if your family members are similar to most, there’s definitely some degree of dysfunction, some lingering mulish sibling rivalry, as well as some residual competitiveness to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite. As care needs increase in looking after elderly parents, the family once again has to band together to support them. Unfortunately, though, old childhood hurts can resurface and family dynamics can be exacerbated. Continue reading “The Dangers of Family Dynamics Resurfacing when Looking After Elderly Parents” »

Is There a Link Between Insomnia and Alzheimer’s?

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Elyse
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Woman with InsomniaIt is a common problem for many older adults – falling and staying asleep for a full night’s rest. Apart from feeling a tad foggy the following morning, however, and feeling the need for a mid-day snooze to catch up on lost sleep, the effects have seemed negligible. That is, until research recently revealed a potential link between restless sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Is There a Link Between Insomnia and Alzheimer’s?” »

Don’t Cross the Line – Caring for Aging Parents vs. Controlling Them

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Elyse
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Caring for Aging ParentsIt is an amazing feeling to know that you are protected, safe and cared for. Parents thrive on making certain their kids are wrapped in the comfort of knowing their needs will be satisfied, giving the safety net that permits them the confidence to explore the world about them. Yet there comes a phase in all children’s lives when the craving for independence overshadows the benefit of protection, and they have to experience firsthand what it means to stumble, fall and get up on their own. Continue reading “Don’t Cross the Line – Caring for Aging Parents vs. Controlling Them” »

Don’t Be in Denial. How to Successfully Get The Medicare Assistance You Need

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Elyse
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caregivers at Atlanta With seniors in the United States taking on average, 15-18 different medications, Medicare assistance for coverage of these medicines is often a necessity. And with a typical pricetag of greater than $11,000 annually for the most typical medicines prescribed for the elderly, it usually is devastating when Medicare abruptly denies coverage. Yet nevertheless, that’s happening a lot more frequently as Medicare plans are increasingly establishing coverage limitations on older persons – typically outside of approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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How to Help Manage Arthritis in Just 45 Minutes a Week

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by Elyse
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How to Help Manage ArthritisThe rule to exercise and stay as active as possible for the best health applies to older adults as well! But if you are battling arthritis, it can be difficult to maintain a good amount of exercise because of pain.

Fortunately, the latest recommendations ease back on the intensity of exercise for elderly people with arthritis, specifying that as little as just 45 minutes of physical exercise each week is sufficient to achieve and keep a high level of functionality – and much less daunting for people who have a tendency to shy away from exercise.

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Could This Leukemia Treatment Also Help with Parkinson’s and Dementia?

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Elyse
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What if there was a medication that could treat not just one, but multiple devastating diseases: leukemia, Alzheimer’s/dementia, and Parkinson’s? At Georgetown University Medical Center, researchers are hopeful that nilotinib is that medication. Currently approved to use in those with one type of leukemia, a small trial is causing great excitement in its promising results to rid the brain of toxic proteins. Continue reading “Could This Leukemia Treatment Also Help with Parkinson’s and Dementia?” »

Electrode Implants Could Be the Missing Link to Recovery After a Stroke

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Elyse
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In a new, ongoing trial, deep-brain stimulation – more commonly used for Parkinson’s patients – is being tested on patients after a stroke. Doctors are hoping that the process, which involves implanting an electrode that stimulates a particular area of the patient’s brain after a stroke, will reverse the patient’s paralysis post-stroke and restore mobility. Continue reading “Electrode Implants Could Be the Missing Link to Recovery After a Stroke” »

Looking for Downsizing Help for Seniors? Try “Rightsizing”!

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by Elyse
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“I may have a use for this someday.” We all have items we hold onto with this thought in mind. But in reality, the old stacks of National Geographic magazines, boxes of loose photographs, old tools, heirloom silver teapots and other memorabilia end up stashed in our garages, attics and closets without another thought given to them.

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Etiquette for Addressing Senior Citizens: Nix the Cutesy Nicknames

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by Core Cubed
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Senior CitizensYoung man, honey, dear – terms of endearment such as these could be appreciated when said by our significant other or when directed to our very young children, but how do senior citizens respond to them? In a word, many are downright offended. And even though health care professionals, restaurant personnel, stylists and many others may have the very best of intentions when linking these labels to seniors, the underlying message is one of vulnerability, frailty, and inferiority.

And just as annoying, or possibly even more so, is speaking over seniors to address their family members instead, as if the seniors are unable to communicate competently.

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Is Home Care the Affordable Nursing Home Alternative Your Loved One Needs?

Posted on: January 10th, 2017 by Core Cubed
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Home Health CarePick a senior, any senior, and you’re likely to hear the same sentiments: the vast majority of older adults agree that they’d prefer to spend their elder years at home over moving to a nursing home facility. However, there are plenty of misconceptions about who will pay for home care. Will home care be covered by Medicare or Medicaid or insurance? Most likely, CPA Jerry Lewis notes, home care clients typically pay with private funds. Even though Medicare does cover home health care on a limited basis, if it’s deemed to be medically necessary, it does not cover homemaker services – and, most health insurance and Medicare supplemental plans don’t cover any kind of in-home care.

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