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When Your Loved One Receives a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Are you providing care for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another cognitive impairment? The first thing to know is that you are not alone. Today, more than 5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and 16 million family members and friends are serving as their unpaid caregivers. These caregivers share your experiences and concerns, and they are a fountain of information.

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Help a Senior Loved One Create a Memoir

Looking for a meaningful activity to share with your parents or other older relatives this summer? How about helping them create a memoir? Reminiscing offers a great deal of emotional satisfaction and enhanced sense of purpose in life for many older adults.

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“Summerizing” Your Loved One’s Home

Heat-related illness strikes people who are working or exercising outdoors in the sun. But the inside of a dwelling also can grow dangerously warm — sometimes even warmer than the temperature outside. So, before the first hot spell this year, take steps with your loved one to “summerize” their home.

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In-Home Care Supports Stroke Recovery

Each year, almost 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke; 140,000 of them will die, and many more will be left with a serious disability. And as our population ages, this rate will increase — but stroke is by no means exclusively a disease of old age.

Older Americans Month - Make Your Mark - May 2020

May Is Older Americans Month

This year’s theme is “Make Your Mark.”

“Around the nation, older adults make their marks every day as volunteers, employees, employers, parents, grandparents, mentors and advocates. They offer their time, talents and experience to the benefit of our communities.” ~ U.S. Administration on Aging

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Coronavirus in the U.S. Calls Attention to Senior Loneliness

With all the publicity about nursing homes and assisted living communities during COVID-19, what about seniors who are aging in place? During the self-isolating period of the coronavirus pandemic, seniors living at home, too, have had very limited access to their usual social connections.

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What Are the Health Concerns of Older Women?

May 10-16, 2020, is Women's Health Week, and the entire month of May is Older Americans Month. What a great time to focus on the special health issues of senior women!

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From Family Caregiving to Professional Home Care

Tending to her mother further fostered Aleta’s kind and empathetic nature, and she found her calling in advocating and caring for seniors who live with memory loss.

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April 16 Is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Advance healthcare planning is the best way to ensure that our preferences will be met in the future. Yes, it’s human nature to avoid thinking about serious illness or the end of life, but putting off these decisions can mean that your family will have to decide for you—a potentially difficult process for them, and they might make choices you would not make.

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Healthy Eating During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The general rule of thumb is to put off your grocery shopping trip for as long as possible. If you can, order what you need online and arrange no-contact delivery; alternatively, enlist a friend, family member or neighbor to help. Go to the store during special hours for seniors if none of these options work for you. Wear a mask, stay socially distanced and remember to wash your hands afterwards!