Senior Care

The Shingles Vaccine Controversy

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Reactions to the Zostavax shingles vaccine inspired dozens of lawsuits, and now the CDC recommends rival Shingrix. But should you get it? Shingles is a painful viral infection that causes a rash, usually as a mass of blisters wrapping around the right or left side of the torso. A million cases of the disease occur […]

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Changes to the VA’s Eligibility Requirements for Non-Service Connected Benefits

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Effective October 18, 2018, the law regarding VA Eligibility Requirements for a veteran (or spouse) to receive non-service connected benefits changed. This new law regarding the VA’s Aid and Attendance pension benefit imposed a 3-year look back and it established a net worth limit of $127,061 (in 2019), which will increase each year with cost-of-living adjustments. Net worth, […]

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Three Things Make Older Adults Feel In Control

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Clues for improved physical, mental and emotional health are found in new research. A new study has identified three factors that are crucial to older adults’ best health outcomes. Psychology researchers found that sleep, mood and stress are critical components to older adults having a feeling of control over their lives, and this sense of […]

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Why is oral health care important for older adults?

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As the aging population is increasingly retaining their natural teeth, their need for optimal oral health care also increases. Older peoples’ mouths are prone to oral disease and those with natural teeth are more likely to have advanced gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis).  Oral health care for older people is often further complicated by a […]

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When Seniors Argue: Finding the Cause

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When an older adult becomes argumentative, you may think they’re just getting irritable, but we now know there could be underlying factors that need to be addressed. Age can bring about many challenges, including more arguments. There can be a variety of root causes, including physical and mental conditions. If you are a caretaker or […]

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Healthy Habits Can Lengthen Life

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Have you heard the advice to exercise, choose a healthy diet, keep a lean weight, never smoke, and limit alcohol? Researchers wanted to find out whether people who follow this advice live longer than those who don’t. So, they compared lifespan and other data from thousands of adults with all five of these healthy habits […]

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The Link Between Alcoholism and Dementia

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Many people equate long-term damage caused by alcoholism with liver failure and pancreatitis. Many are thus surprised to learn that alcoholism also causes a form of dementia known as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) is a type of brain disorder caused by a lack of vitamin B-1, or thiamine. The syndrome is actually two separate […]

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Can Pumping Iron Extend Your Life?

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Several recent studies point to the same conclusion: Weight training can help you live longer. Maybe you were a weightlifter, way back when. Or you used to do pushups and sit-ups … but that was a long time ago. Now, you keep fit with a daily walk or bike ride. That’s enough, right? Fitness professionals […]

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Finding Happiness During the Holidays: A Guide For Older Adults

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“Happiness is not ready made. It comes from our actions.” This quote from the Dalai Lama holds particular meaning for me during the holidays. While the holiday season is a time of celebration, family reunions, and childlike wonder, many of us are not immune to sadness – particularly as we age. We may have lost […]

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Recommended Reading for November 2018

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Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old By:  John Leland An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the “oldest old”― those eighty-five and […]

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