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Senior Care for Veterans: The Aid and Attendance Benefit

Veterans Aid and Attendance

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

diabetes and dementia

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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Festive Fall Activities for Seniors

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The changing leaves and cool nights mean fall is fully underway. This season brings plenty of opportunities for seniors to make new memories with their loved ones and friends. The crisp air and fall foliage makes walks more enjoyable, and let’s not forget how fun it can be to watch a grandchild make that tackle or touchdown as football season begins. With fall comes the first big celebration of the holiday season – Halloween. Whether a senior lives at home or in an assisted-living community, there are many ways to get into the Halloween spirit. One classic décor idea is…

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Secrets of Longevity

secrets of longevity

As the senior population grows, the number of centenarians ­– those over the age of 100 – continues to rise. In the United States, there are currently over 70,000 centenarians. Lynn Peters Adler, author of Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life, said that 1 in 26 baby boomers is now expected to live to 100, and many more than that will live into their mid-to-late 90s. So what are the secrets of longevity? The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society said that living past 100 mostly depends on one factor – genetics. However, other lifestyle factors…

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Five Essential Tips for Living with Arthritis

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As temperatures begin to drop this season, the millions of seniors with arthritis will most likely experience an increase in pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints. Nearly half of those over 65 have arthritis. While there is no cure, seniors who suffer from arthritis can manage their symptoms with the following tips.   Exercise While the symptoms of arthritis may make exercise seem impossible, it’s probably the best form of medicine, said Neil Roth, M.D., an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “It is a catch 22, because arthritis pain can prevent a…

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