Honey, I’m Home: When Mom and Dad Come to Stay

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While many seniors find it possible to remain happy and healthy at home as they age, many more are finding happiness in a different home: their children’s.

In 2008, 6.2 million intergenerational households resided in the United States. In 2010, the number jumped to 7.1 million households, or 6.1 percent of all households. This two-year increase marked a faster rate of growth than the previous eight years combined.

Moving a loved one into your home may be the right choice for your ...

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Time Out: How Isolation Can be a Health Risk for Seniors

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Of all the woes that beset seniors, social isolation and loneliness are rapidly climbing the charts as growing concerns. Consider this: Elders who are mostly isolated from human interaction have a 26 percent higher death risk than their more social peers.

It’s not surprising, then, that social isolation is gaining recognition as a real health issue for seniors. One quarter of all American households are comprised of people who live alone, and the number of Americans who said they have no ...

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High Blood Pressure: How to Check and Control Hypertension

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We might not all know the precise definition of the term hypertension, but just about everybody is well aware of the condition by it’s more familiar name – high blood pressure. And no matter how we refer to it, hypertension, hypertension can be a killer among the young and old.

Some 50 million Americans have the disease, including 60 percent of all senior citizens; about 2 million Americans are diagnosed every year with hypertension; and the malady contributes to approximately 700,000 ...

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Seniors and Vitamins: Finding the Right Dose for Better Health

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For many of us, taking vitamins (remember the ones that looked like characters on “The Flinstones”) was once a daily occurrence. Somewhere along the way, we fell out of the habit. But recent studies show that now may be the time for seniors to consider resuming their vitamin routine.

The Cleveland Clinic reports that more than one third of Americans over the age of 75 have a vitamin deficiency, primarily because they don’t eat as much food ...

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

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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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