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Eating Well as You Age

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As seniors age, the number of health risks they face increases. Heart disease – including hypertension, vascular disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease – is the most widespread condition for seniors and the number one cause of death for those over 60. Other top health risks for seniors include cancer, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s or dementia. These health issues may be due to old age or heredity, but often times they can be prevented by one simple tool – a healthy diet. While there are medications and treatments to help the symptoms of these…

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Caregivers Improve Relationships Between Aging Parents and Adult Children of Sandwich Generation

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Each year, 44 million Americans provide 37 billion hours of informal care for an aging parent. While this can be a rewarding experience for both a senior and an adult child, often times it is a situation that leads to stress and burnout for the caregiving family member. According to Today’s Caregiver, families in the US provide 80 to 90 percent of in-home long term care for seniors. Many of these families are headed by adults that are part of what has come to be known as the “sandwich generation” – middle-aged adults that care for an aging parent while…

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Arthritis: Complications and Care

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Aging brings about many changes in the body that can often lead to chronic illness. One of the most common is arthritis, which half of adults 65 and older are affected by. Along with pain, arthritis can cause struggles with activities of daily living (ADLs). Seniors with arthritis may have trouble buttoning a shirt, opening a jar, or reaching for an object on a high shelf. Just walking around the house can be cumbersome for those with arthritis in the knees and hips. Around 18 percent of disabilities are caused by some form of arthritis, which makes it the most…

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Aging Happens: What’s Your Plan?

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While the average life span continues to get longer year after year, one fact remains: everyone is aging. At some point, even the healthiest seniors will likely begin to have trouble performing activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs are routine tasks that include getting in and out of bed, bathing, getting dressed, and preparing meals. As daily life becomes more difficult, an aging senior should ask, “What’s my plan?” Adult children and families of seniors should look out for red flags that may mean their loved one needs help. Some common signs are social isolation, poor nutrition, trouble with ADLs,…

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Common Fears of Long-Term Illnesses

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Nearly 100 million Americans have long-term illnesses, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. A long-term illness, sometimes called a chronic illness, is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured. A growing number of this population is seniors. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of seniors with two or more chronic illnesses increased from 37.2 percent in 2000 to 45.3 percent in 2010. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the most common long-term illnesses affecting the elderly are: Adult onset diabetes Arthritis Kidney and bladder problems…

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