Making “Age in Place” a Reality

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“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 that Give: Athens-Clarke County’s Mentor Program

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We all know amazing seniors in our lives that are constantly giving. Perhaps it’s a grandparent, an uncle or aunt, or even an elderly neighbor. Regardless, thoughtful counsel that comes from decades of experience never goes out of style. And in many cases, the best is yet to come as some seniors aren’t quite done contributing.

In addition to the wisdom of their years of life experience, perhaps the greatest mentoring gift seniors can offer is their time and attention. Many ...

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Flu Season for Seniors: Three Critical Steps to Staying Healthy

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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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Balance is Key: Traditional vs. Alternative Medicine

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One of the most important choices a person can make in his or her lifetime is deciding on which path of healthcare treatment to pursue: traditional, alternative or a combination of both.

Most alternative methods are not considered a part of the traditional healthcare system, but those who do “go off the grid” for treatments such as acupuncture, osteopathy, reflexology and herbology, cite “wonderful outcomes.”

An interesting fact is that seniors 65+ are among those who embrace alternative medicine the most, as ...

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

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“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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Hearing Impaired Seniors: Tips on How to Communicate Effectively

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In addition to our capacity to love and care for one another, perhaps a human being’s greatest gift is the ability to communicate. Thanks to breakthroughs in technology, we now can carry on conversations in dozens of ways, both real and virtual.

But our innate skill to communicate orally, which comes so easily to most of us, can be a challenge for others, primarily due to physical impairments, like being “clinically deaf” or “hard of hearing.” Major differences exist between the ...

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Case of “The Blues” or Clinical Depression?

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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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