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Recommended Reading for August 2018

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The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself By Linda Abbit Linda Abbit, is a veteran of the caregiving industry who shares her advice on how can you fulfill your role as a caregiver without losing yourself. Conscious Caregiver teaches you how to navigate caring for your loved one. […]

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Plant and Outdoor Therapy: Worth It for Seniors?

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Whether it’s tending to a plant in their room, enjoying houseplants in communal residence areas or having exposure to greenery in the great outdoors (even through a window), seniors see undeniable benefits. And while you may agree from your own experience that you seem to feel better when Mother Nature is nearby, research proves that […]

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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

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The risk of hearing loss for an older American is 10 to 20 times greater than the risk of heart disease, and 100 times higher than the risk of getting cancer. Of 30 million Americans who have hearing loss, a mere 20 percent get hearing aids. Hearing devices aren’t covered by Medicare or most insurance, […]

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Handling Caregiver Guilt After a Move to Senior Living

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Even though you knew it was time for your mom or dad to transition to senior living, that doesn’t make the new arrangement easier to bear. In fact, many family caregivers experience feelings of guilt after helping their parents move into an assisted living facility. Here are some helpful insights to assist families in letting go […]

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Best Gadgets for Older Adults

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We found low and high technology products that users swear by, whether for convenience or because they’ve completely altered the way an older adult lives. Tech products for seniors abound, but how do you find the best for your needs? Figuring out how they work and what they really cost can be a tedious process, […]

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Will Medicaid Take Away Your Home?

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Description of Medicaid Estate Recovery Federal law allows states to recover money spent on behalf of the Medicaid beneficiary after that beneficiary’s death. Recovery concentrates on what Medicaid considers an “estate.” For most purposes, the only estate asset remaining at death is the personal residence. Each state approaches recovery differently. In some states, recovery is […]

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Recommended Reading for June 2018

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Before I Go  (Book and Workbook) By: Arie Korving Too often when someone becomes ill the family wonders about the lengths to which they will have to go during a final illness. After someone dies, those left behind wonder what to do about bills, income, insurance, and investments. “BEFORE I GO” is a comprehensive manual […]

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Fight Dementia With Your Fork

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The MIND diet can drastically lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, among other conditions. Here’s what the lead researcher suggests regarding MIND and foods thought to be “good for you.” A Mediterranean-inspired diet was recently proven to dramatically lower the risk of dementia in older adults. But just because it originated in Italy doesn’t mean […]

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Cannabidiol (CBD) Hemp Oil for Arthritis Pain

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Older Americans, disappointed in the lack of effective treatment for their painful joints, are turning to legal hemp oil for relief. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 50 million Americans. Doctors usually prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat the disease. But common side effects include swollen […]

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When Does “Old Age” Start? Depends On Your Age

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A new study of more than half a million Americans shows just how skewed views of aging can be—particularly among young people—and how these views change over time. The findings come as people are living longer than ever; life expectancy in the US was about 79 years in 2015—up nearly nine years from 1965. But […]

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