“There’s No Place Like Home”: Practical Ways to Keep Seniors Safe

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For a host of senior citizens, the idea of leaving their homes for an institutional lifestyle (i.e., a nursing home) is inconceivable. In fact, a 2010 AARP study showed that nearly 90 percent of adults 50 and older want to remain in their homes.

And through their many years of work and sacrifice, most elderly Americans have earned that right. However, seniors who do remain at home need to make sure their residences are safe.

The leading cause of death for people ...

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

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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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Wanderlust: Tips for Seniors Who Travel

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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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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. ...

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

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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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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 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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‘Tis the Season to be a Caregiver

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Although the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are a time of great joy and fellowship, many folks (even the most chaos-tolerant among us) will admit to facing at least some stress, whether the source is gift selection, kitchen duty or trying to keep the peace in a fractious family.

And if you’re the primary caregiver for an elderly relative, the stress is compounded by the day-to-day realities of that responsibility. While there’s a tendency to recall the past—those “happier” and “easier” times ...

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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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RAH Founder & CEO Brian Carrigan interviewed by News Talk 1340 WGAU’s Barbara Dooley

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RAH’s Brian Carrigan interviewed by Athens, GA legend (and radio personality) Barbara Dooley on News Talk 1340 WGAU.

 

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