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Ten Ways to Reduce Stress Today

Ten Ways to Reduce Stress Today

We’re always told to reduce stress in our lives. Stress raises our risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, digestive disease, sleep problems and a host of other health conditions. But can you recall a more stressful time than we’ve been experiencing as we weather the COVID-19 crisis? For many, it’s more challenging than ever to manage tension. Here are some things we can do—and not do—to lower our stress at this time.

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Home Care Agencies vs. Registries: What’s the Difference?

Hiring a home care worker can be a daunting task. It quickly becomes apparent that to hire a trustworthy, reliable caregiver, you need the expertise and support of a home care company. But be aware that not all of these companies are actually home care agencies. Some are instead registry services. It’s important to understand the differences.

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A Safer Home for Senior Independence

Surveys of people aged 50 and older show that a large majority want to age in place, staying in their own homes even as their health needs change. But as the years pass, families often wonder if older loved ones are still safe living at home. It’s time to evaluate the suitability of the home and learn about improvements that can help your loved one’s house, condo or apartment better meet their changing needs. Here are modifications that could help the home adapt.

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Does Forgetting Words Signify the Beginning of Alzheimer’s Disease?

A University of Michigan study confirms that “tip-of-the-tongue” errors happen more often to seniors, but aren’t necessarily a sign of a serious memory problem. In the study of 105 healthy, highly educated older adults ages 65 – 92, the research team found that 61% reported this memory mishap during the course of 24 hours.

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When Your Loved One Receives a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Are you providing care for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another cognitive impairment? The first thing to know is that you are not alone. Today, more than 5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and 16 million family members and friends are serving as their unpaid caregivers. These caregivers share your experiences and concerns, and they are a fountain of information.

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Help a Senior Loved One Create a Memoir

Looking for a meaningful activity to share with your parents or other older relatives this summer? How about helping them create a memoir? Reminiscing offers a great deal of emotional satisfaction and enhanced sense of purpose in life for many older adults.

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“Summerizing” Your Loved One’s Home

Heat-related illness strikes people who are working or exercising outdoors in the sun. But the inside of a dwelling also can grow dangerously warm — sometimes even warmer than the temperature outside. So, before the first hot spell this year, take steps with your loved one to “summerize” their home.

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In-Home Care Supports Stroke Recovery

Each year, almost 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke; 140,000 of them will die, and many more will be left with a serious disability. And as our population ages, this rate will increase — but stroke is by no means exclusively a disease of old age.

Older Americans Month - Make Your Mark - May 2020

May Is Older Americans Month

This year’s theme is “Make Your Mark.”

“Around the nation, older adults make their marks every day as volunteers, employees, employers, parents, grandparents, mentors and advocates. They offer their time, talents and experience to the benefit of our communities.” ~ U.S. Administration on Aging

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Coronavirus in the U.S. Calls Attention to Senior Loneliness

With all the publicity about nursing homes and assisted living communities during COVID-19, what about seniors who are aging in place? During the self-isolating period of the coronavirus pandemic, seniors living at home, too, have had very limited access to their usual social connections.