Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Family Members Who Live Far Away

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Once upon a time ago families weren’t nearly as scattered (geographically speaking!) as they are today. Grandparents lived in the same neighborhood, if not the same city, as their grown children, helping take care of grandchildren, while they in turn were care for by their children (and in some cases, grandchildren) in their old age.

Long distance caregiving is becoming commonplace

These days, families may live hours, or even countries apart, which can create anxiety when parents reach an age ...

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What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?: How to Safely Discard Prescription Medications

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If you are like most of us, it’s likely you have a few bottles of prescription medicine lying around that you don’t need anymore. Perhaps you filled a prescription, only to learn later your doctor was changing your treatment plans. Or perhaps the drugs prescribed went out of date before you finished taking them.

When you wind up with a medicine cabinet full of unwanted or unused medications, it’s a good idea to dispose of them, but how?

Safely dispose of prescriptions

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FREE WHITE PAPER: What to do when at-home isn’t enough but assisted living is too much?

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America is facing an explosion in both the relative and absolute number of seniors comprising our population, and with that explosive growth comes an increasing number of difficult choices which will need to be made by an increasing number of seniors, their family members and their caregivers.

Not surprisingly, seniors constantly experience frustration – and in many cases, even anger – over their individual inability to successfully “age-in-place,” especially as their individual need for medical intervention increases. This has led to ...

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Seniors & Alcohol: How Much is Too Much?

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In this country, we often spend so much time worrying about teenagers and alcohol (and rightly so) that we often overlook a segment of the population that has legal access to beer, wine and spirits, but may have just as much trouble managing drinking responsibly: senior citizens.

We all know stories about the grandfather who might occasionally have one too many, the widow who never drank but now needs a nightcap to fall asleep, or the uncle nobody wants to be ...

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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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Bridging the Generation Gap: What You Can Learn from Someone Older (or Younger) than You

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There is now, and always will be, a generation gap so profound that groups on both ends of the age spectrum might think their counterparts are from another planet.

Dare I say that’s a good thing, because within this gap – which can extend from the oldest World War II-era citizen to the youngest Generation Z digital whiz-kid – there is much to share and much to learn. It all begins with the willingness to communicate and relate.

In most families and ...

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Triglycerides: A Healthy Number = A Healthy Heart

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Triglycerides are a type of fat that circulate in your blood. Your body uses them for energy, and you need some for good health, especially good cardio health. Unfortunately, many in the medical fields say that people tend to ignore their triglyceride levels, since most people with high triglycerides don’t exhibit any symptoms. But, like cholesterol, triglycerides can come in “good” and “bad” manifestations, with bad stuff considerably increasing your chances of heart disease.

It’s not unusual for people to confuse ...

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Diabetes: Recognizing and Living with High Blood Sugar

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If you suffer from diabetes, you are part of an ever-growing demographic group in America. The United States Department of Health & Human Services (USFHH) reports that diabetes affects nearly 26 million people, a whopping 8.3% of the total population. And, as Southerners, we live in a region that has the unfortunate clinical designation “the diabetes belt,” where incidences of diabetes are the highest in the U.S.

In 2010, the American Diabetes Association reported that 1.9 million new cases of diabetes ...

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