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Making “Age in Place” a Reality

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Making “Age in Place” a Reality
“Some researchers now believe that relatively small changes in living spaces and daily strategies can keep them out of nursing facilities for months or even years, saving families – and, potentially, the nation – millions of dollars.”

Forbes.com has published a very informative article at about a research effort in Baltimore, MD called CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders) that is exploring the effectiveness of providing seniors access to occupational therapists, handymen ...

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Seniors and Spring Cleaning: Dust with Care

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Seniors and Spring Cleaning: Dust with Care

I think it’s safe to say there’s not a house, apartment, hut, tepee, igloo or lean-to on the planet that couldn’t use a little spring cleaning.

Tis the season to help the senior in your life clean house—and also spot potential problems (piles of unpaid bills, safety hazards, or out-of-date food in the pantry) in the senior’s home.

The hardest part is getting started. A first step is to create a list with the senior’s help, prioritizing based on interest (the flower ...

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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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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Honoring Veterans and Their Wartime Experiences

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Honoring Veterans and Their Wartime Experiences

“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” defined as “a serious disorder that results from exposure to a traumatic event [and] involves severe fear, helplessness and horror,” was first diagnosed during the Vietnam War, but there’s not much argument the condition existed long before it was identified. In the WWI/WWII era, it was mostly referred to as “shell shock.”

PTSD for seniors who bravely served our country during wartime or have had a traumatic life-event, such as cancer or a heart attack, and/or especially those who survived ...

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Technology: A Brave New World for Seniors

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Technology: A Brave New World for Seniors

While many seniors today are often chided (gently, we hope) by their families for their aversion to new things, it’s instructive to remember that seniors have in their lifetimes adapted to a wealth of potentially unsettling changes and inventions: seeing people walk on the moon, cable television, food processors, cell phones, and beyond.

And while most would perhaps contend that the technological phenomenon known as the internet is primarily the playground of the young, there are now close to 16 million ...

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Case of “The Blues” or Clinical Depression?

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Case of “The Blues” or Clinical Depression?

It’s not easy getting older. Even folks who remain relatively free from major health issues find that their bodies start to slow down and it can be a fairly slippery slope in regards to functionality as compared to just a few years prior.

Changing feelings and emotions are also often in play for the elderly, and depression can have a hand in those changes. But if recognized, depression is treatable and doesn’t necessarily have to negatively affect any other medical conditions.

The ...

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Senior care provider focuses on quality of life

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As a former executive with one of the country’s largest home health-care and hospice companies and a Stage IV cancer survivor, Brian Carrigan has some novel ideas about the delivery of health-care services for senior citizens.

Carrigan is the founder and owner of Athens-based Remain At Home Senior Care LLC, which seeks to help the elderly avoid spending their sunset years residing in institutions like assisted-living facilities and nursing homes, allowing them to remain in their homes.

“When the end of life ...

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