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Changes in Cognitive Abilities: Normal Aging vs. Dementia

Our brains, and the way they work, evolve over the course of our lifetimes.  From the rapid growth that we experience in early childhood, to the poor decision making of our teenage years, to the “where did I put my keys?” moments that can creep up on us as early as middle age, our brains …Read More

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Covid 19:  The Long Game

As we stretch into our fourth and fifth months in the battle against Covid 19, with no end in sight, it’s time to rethink our definition of normal.  For families who were considering waiting to make changes to their caregiver situation until after the crisis was “over,” now is the time to realize that adaptations …Read More

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Sun and Fun and Dehydration

In many parts of the country, the summer months are filled with outdoor fun.  Swimming pools, BBQs, trips to the beach, picnics, and more. But for those of us in South Florida year-round, the summer months bring extreme heat and humidity.  For vulnerable populations, especially the elderly, this extreme heat can cause troublesome or even …Read More

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Reintegrating into a Covid-19 World

The last few months have been stressful for everyone, particularly those whom health officials have described as high risk. Those with compromised immune systems, pulmonary issues, and especially the elderly have been strongly advised to limit their exposure to the people, places, things, and services they need and enjoy. Even in “normal” times, the elderly …Read More

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Tips for Washing Hands Properly

The following are hand washing tips from the CDC, Center for Disease Control. Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and …Read More

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Tips For Diabetes And Diet

Fruit and vegetables and a glucose monitor. Lifestyle and diet modifications can make living with diabetes more manageable.

Holiday parties, special events and rich food gifts can all wreak havoc for even the most disciplined dieters. It can be difficult for most people to resist the temptation to indulge a bit with extra sweets or carbohydrate-rich comfort foods. People who live with Type 2 Diabetes may find these types of food-centric events to …Read More

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New Technologies That Help Seniors Age In Place

Elderly woman holding a personal emergency response system (PERS) alarm. There are many technologies available today that can help seniors safely age in place.

According to a 2014 study conducted by AARP, 87 percent of seniors want to stay in their current home and community as they age. But, of course, safety becomes a major concern for aging adults. Trip hazards, memory issues, mobility and balance problems can all create significant health risks. However, thanks to many newer technologies, …Read More

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Strategies For Maintaining An Active And Agile Mind

A senior man and woman playing a game of chess. Board games are one strategy to help keep the mind active and agile.

Memory loss can be an unexpected challenge for many aging adults. The slowing of certain cognitive functions, although part of the normal aging process, can impact a person’s ability to complete the activities of daily living (ADLs) and sometimes reduce quality of life. The brain is a critically important organ, and just like other parts …Read More

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Identify And Eliminate Dangerous Clutter

Messy and cluttered kitchen with pots and pans and dirty dishes stacked on the granite countertop and range. Clutter can be a serious safety issue, particularly for older adults.

Safety is paramount when aging parents remain in their home. Much of their comfort and peace of mind is tied to their ability to independently utilize the kitchen and bathroom and take care of daily tasks. Remaining independent can have a tremendous impact on their quality of life. However, the volume of furniture, keepsakes, clothing …Read More

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Alzheimer’s And Dementia Signs

Alzheimer’s and Dementia: How You Can Help Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are right around the corner, and these fall holidays are an important time for families to come together. But when you visit an elderly relative, pay close attention – you may notice some changes in their behavior. As parents and grandparents increase in …Read More