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What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older

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From CDC What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults. It’s estimated that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths […]

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More Seniors Religious, Living Longer

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 More Seniors Religious, Living Longer At 87, Margaret continues to attend church every Sunday and Wednesday and engage in prayer every day. Having faith in God and belief that there is a higher purpose in life sustains her through the difficult times of aging. Margaret is not alone. Although religious affiliation has decreased over the […]

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Recommended Reading from Choice Connections

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Recommended Reading from Choice Connections Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers by Jolene Brackey When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with those who have dementia, but it is […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Elderly

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Elderly Posted by Lynn McLean on Yahoo Voices You may recall the holiday shopping cliche, “What do you give to the person who has everything?” Often, the person who seems to have all the “things” that they need is the special parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle on your holiday gift list. It […]

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Holiday Blues – Depression among the Elderly

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Holiday Blues – Depression among the Elderly The holiday season offers many opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends. If you are a caregiver or family member of an aging loved one, you may observe a change in their mood or behavior during the holidays. You may notice unusual signs of fatigue or […]

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Assisted Living Costs and the Recent Recession

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Assisted Living Costs and the Recent Recession The Great Recession can be considered assisted living’s turning point, marking a pronounced shift from being primarily a lifestyle choice to primarily a needs-driven decision for consumers. “Ten to twelve years ago, assisted living was more lifestyle-driven,” says Allison Guthertz, Vice President, Quality Resident Services at Benchmark Senior […]

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Speak Out Against Elder Abuse

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October is National Residents’ Rights Month, a national effort to celebrate, honor, educate, and protect those living in long-term care homes and their families. The goal is to help not only the residents themselves but their families and communities recognize the rights of long-term care residents and learn how to speak up if they or […]

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Recommended Reading from Choice Connections of Virginia – Senior Living

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You and Your Aging Parent: A Family Guide to Emotional, Social, Health, and Financial Problems By Barbara Silverstone & Helen Kandel Hyman First published in 1976, You and Your Aging Parent is a classic–the first book to shed light on the challenging relationship between adult children and their aging parents, illuminating the emotional, health, and […]

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Report Confirms Alzheimer’s Disease Crisis

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Another Report Confirms Alzheimer’s Disease Crisis A new report released by Alzheimer’s Disease International found that between 2010 and 2050, the total number of seniors who require care will nearly triple from 101 to 277 million. The report estimates that half of those seniors will be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia.  Growing […]

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Sundowner Syndrome in Seniors

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  Sundown Syndrome: Late afternoon or evening agitation, restlessness, confusion When it happens Moderate- to severe-stage dementia Why it happens Scientists aren’t certain what causes sundown syndrome in some people with dementia. Theories include: the internal biological clock we each have being reset somehow, a drop in blood pressure, hunger, changes in glucose levels, reduced […]

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