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How to Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Caring for an aging loved one is challenging. When that loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the task can seem nearly impossible to even the best of caregivers. It’s difficult to know the person you are very close to may lose the ability to remember your name or worse recognize you. While every case is different, here are some general guidelines intended to help you provide the best possible care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for cognitive decline and memory loss….

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The Importance of Family in a Senior’s Life

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The importance of family in a senior’s life is truly immeasurable. Not only does family provide a consistent social network, evidence has led us to believe that the relationship a senior keeps with his or her family has a direct impact on their overall quality of life. Seniors who maintain strong ties with their family have even been shown to outlive those who report less favorable relationships. If the potential for a longer life doesn’t make you want to connect with your loved ones, here are more reasons why you should make an effort to prioritize family. Changes in Social Networks As…

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Overcome Ageism: Why Aging is a Privilege

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You’re getting older. Imagine if someone said this to you. Regardless of whether it came from someone you know or a complete stranger, you might feel like you’ve just been insulted. But it’s the truth. You are growing older every second of every day. We all are. If this is a fact of life for everyone, why does this simple statement evoke such negative emotions? Before we get into that, it can help to give attention to a fact that should change all of our perspectives on aging. Not everyone gets to age. Let that sink in for a moment….

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Understanding the Opioid Crisis Among Senior Citizens

Senior citizens deal with significantly more pain than any other age group, partly because of ailments related to the aging process, and partly because they’ve had more time to acquire painful injuries and conditions than younger folks. Opioids have long been the standard prescription for dealing with pain in the United States. Because seniors suffer most, they also get prescribed the most – which has created a crisis of sorts among the senior population. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, hospitalizations for opioid overuse increased most sharply among Americans ages 45 to 85 and beyond, with rates rising more than five fold…

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A Senior’s Guide to Understanding Cholesterol Numbers

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High cholesterol is a common health concern in the United States, but it’s particularly troublesome to seniors. The truth is that as you age, your risk for developing high cholesterol increases. Here’s a guide tailored specifically for seniors to help you gain a better understanding of your cholesterol health. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your bloodstream. This insoluble matter is produced primarily by the liver, but it is also produced by other cells in the body. Despite its bad reputation, cholesterol is actually vital for many of the metabolic processes that take place in your…

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