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Catching the Signs of Mental Illness in the Elderly

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When Laurie became mentally ill, she remained blissfully unaware. She saw no reason to doubt her own sanity based on interactions with her daughter and grandchildren, who visited once a week. They treated her like they always had, and responded to her in the usual ways. Eventually, she started noticing that it took a bit more effort to make sense of the news every night. One afternoon, despite her best efforts, she couldn’t finish that newspaper crossword puzzle she had been doing for the last 15 years. But that was because she was 82 years old! And when she stopped…

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The Transition to Care: Helping Your Loved Ones Adjust

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Families often have a difficult time navigating through the delicate process of helping an elderly loved one transition to senior care. It is hard to know exactly when a senior needs help, but it is usually when activities of daily living become too difficult or dangerous for them do alone. This is one of the main signs that a senior has reached the transition point. Some seniors are resistant to the idea of needing help, and many will not admit that they need it. Transitioning can be an emotional process, with seniors often feeling afraid, vulnerable and even angry that…

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Seniors and Technology

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In their lifetimes, today’s seniors have witnessed some of the most incredible technological advancements in history; space shuttles, televisions, computers, the Internet, cell phones and more. Even so, the rapidly advancing technology scene of the past few years can seem intimidating and cause many seniors to shy away from using the latest devices and tools – specifically computers and the internet. In 2012, the Pew Research Center found that 41 percent of seniors do not go online at all. There are multiple reasons seniors want or have to stay out of the loop when it comes to the internet. Two…

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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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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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