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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

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It’s known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many seniors, the holiday season brings sadness and depression. Seniors can experience this Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for physical reasons, such as shorter days, colder weather, and physical impairments that keep them from participating in holiday activities. Emotional reasons like loneliness and missing deceased loved ones can also trigger seasonal depression. SAD, also known as the winter blues or holiday blues during this time of the year, is considered by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a “specifier for a recurrent major depressive disorder… that…

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Home for the Holidays: Watching for Warning Signs

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For most, the holiday season means getting together to spend time with family and loved ones. For adult children who live far away from their elderly parents, it may be the only time of the year that they get to spend quality time with mom or dad. The holidays provide an opportunity for you to have those “must-have” conversations with your elderly loved ones and other family members about care options and planning for the future. You will also have the chance to watch for any warning signs that your senior loved one needs care sooner rather than later. What…

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Simple Ways to Support Family Caregivers

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During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor the 30 percent of American adults who are caregivers for an ill or disabled loved one. As the senior population grows, and the need for in-home care increases as well – nearly four in 10 seniors have at least one disability – these volunteer caregivers provide an estimated 37 billion hours of informal care every year. Though caring for a loved one can be rewarding in several ways, the demands placed on family caregivers often lead to stress and burnout. This is most common for those in the sandwich generation ­– middle-aged adults…

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Senior Care for Veterans: The Aid and Attendance Benefit

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If you think you or someone you know may be eligible for Veteran’s Benefits to pay for home care, visit this locations list to contact an Amada Senior Care advisor near you. As of 2010, the total number of Americans over the age of 65 was about 40.2 million. Of that population, more than 10 million consisted of war veterans, their surviving spouses or both. This means that 25 percent of Americans over the age of 65 may be eligible to receive a VA Pension, such as the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit. Receiving the pension ultimately depends on income,…

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The Connection Between Diabetes and Dementia

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Those with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing chronic cardiovascular conditions, but could it also be affecting your brain? Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the country, and puts you at risk for other serious conditions like heart disease and stroke. Recent studies have found that diabetes may also increase the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Journal of the American Medical Association said the link between diabetes and dementia is hypoglycemia – low blood sugar. Our brains use glucose (sugar) for energy. When blood glucose levels are too low, like in…

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