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When Seniors Are Stubborn: How to Help Family Members Who Won’t Help Themselves

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When Seniors Are Stubborn: How to Help Family Members Who Won’t Help Themselves

Whether the scenario involves persuading someone to stick to their medication routine, get off the couch and plug back into the world, or just change a well-worn shirt, motivating a senior can sometimes require tact and finesse.

In many ways, trying to help an aging parent or loved one isn’t unlike trying to motivate a high-school senior. Both are at the end of one stage of life, and neither knows what the next stage will bring, so they often simply go ...

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Dr. Toni Miles interviewed by WGAU’s Liz Dalton

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Dr. Toni Miles interviewed by WGAU’s Liz Dalton

This morning, Dr. Toni Miles, Director of the Institute of Gerontology at The University of Georgia was interviewed by WGAU’s Liz Dalton. She spoke at length about ways that our growing senior population can age in place in the comfort of their own homes.

Dr. Miles will also be available at Em’s Kitchen (located inside Hawthorne Drugs) Thursday March 7 at 9:00 AM to expand on this topic and take questions from those in attendance. If you’d ...

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Are We There Yet? How to Know When You’re Ready to Retire

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Are We There Yet? How to Know When You’re Ready to Retire

For many seniors, the last several years of unstable economic conditions have made the idea of retiring a daunting venture. Even Wes Craven, the creative genius behind Freddy Krueger, recently wrote a column on the nightmare of his own retirement attempt (his story involved a motor scooter, a kickstand, and a hospital, but still).

Seriously, the question of when to retire has turned into a perplexing logic problem including the stock market, the solvency of Social Security/Medicare, inflation, family obligations and ...

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Flu Season for Seniors: Three Critical Steps to Staying Healthy

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Flu Season for Seniors: Three Critical Steps to Staying Healthy

Flu season is once again upon us, and while the flu does not discriminate based on age, it can present dire – and even tragic – outcomes for senior citizens.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that compared to other demographic groups, citizens 65 and older are at greater risk of serious complication from the flu. The agency adds that due to the weakened immune system defenses of the elderly, 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths (and ...

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Wanderlust: Tips for Seniors Who Travel

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Wanderlust: Tips for Seniors Who Travel

After spending many years working hard to cover mortgages, car notes, insurance premiums and tuition bills, many seniors spend their “golden years” satiating the lifelong wanderlust to travel.

But like everything else in life, traveling requires some front-end groundwork to be enjoyable. Planning ahead is especially important if a traveler requires special accommodations. Even seemingly small details, such as getting from curbside to the gate at the airport, require a good plan.

First, ensuring proper identification is a must. Keep a ...

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The Wonderful World of Home Care:  Remain At Home’s Innovative Vision for Taking Care of Seniors

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The Wonderful World of Home Care:  Remain At Home’s Innovative Vision for Taking Care of Seniors

Let me begin this article with the well-known The Wizard of Oz quote:

“There’s no place like home.”

In all my years of working with seniors, I’ve only met a handful who were adamant about being put in a skilled nursing facility (and their primary reason was that they didn’t want to be a burden to their loved ones). Fair to say, placing a loved one in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for all involved. The truth ...

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The Good Death: Seniors Find Peace at the End of Life

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The Good Death: Seniors Find Peace at the End of Life

History has amply displayed one incontrovertible fact – everyone dies. Given our human condition, the big question some of us would like to know is, “When is it going to happen?”

Another big question is, “What is a good death?” I feel comfortable saying I have a unique, “hands-on” perspective on this often-avoided topic. Derived from professional and personal experiences, mainly working in the wonderful world of geriatrics and, unfortunately, having endured several years of Stage IV cancer treatment myself, I ...

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Seniors and Pets: The Transforming “Power of Paws”

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Seniors and Pets: The Transforming “Power of Paws”

Over the course of our lives, it is likely there will be moments when we are “fed up to here” with family members, co-workers, even friends – basically, anything that resembles a human being.

It is less likely that we’re anything less than enamored with our pets (although the occasional in-home “accident” or wandering episode might cause an anxious moment or two).

Yes, we love our animal friends, and they love us back, unconditionally and with a fervor that cannot consistently be ...

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Chronic Illness: How Seniors Survive Medical Hardships

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Chronic Illness: How Seniors Survive Medical Hardships

Chronic illnesses, especially in senior citizens, can be frustrating and even traumatic events for both patients and their caregivers. As a disease progresses, there is often a seemingly endless scope to the physical hardships, the cost of treatments and the sometimes invasive attempts to cure the illness. Worse still are the considerable emotional costs for all involved.

Although it is difficult to determine an exact number, we know that millions of Americans today face one of many chronic illnesses. The most ...

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Knowing When “Home Alone” Is No Longer a Good Idea

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Knowing When “Home Alone” Is No Longer a Good Idea

Paula Spencer Scott, senior editor at Caring.com, recently compiled a guide to help families determine when caregiver intervention is perhaps necessary. An abridged compilation of the most common signs and symptoms are listed below:

  • Recent accidents or close calls, like a fall, medical scare or car accident.
  • Slow recovery. How well was a recent illness weathered? Did it develop into something serious? Pneumonia? Was medical help sought when needed?
  • Worsening of a chronic ...
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