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What to Include in a Heart-Healthy Diet

Did your doctor just tell you that you need to start eating a heart-healthy diet? Or maybe you just know that it’s time to make your health more of a priority. Regardless of your reasoning, adopting a heart-healthy diet can provide tremendous benefits to not only your heart but also the way you feel. Seniors and Heart Health Cardiovascular disease is a term that refers to numerous diseases that affect both the heart and blood vessels. Many cardiovascular diseases are related to a process known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis develops when plaque builds up in arterial walls. When this happens, it’s difficult for…

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End-of-Life Peace of Mind: Family Tools for Hospice

When Juanita, an Amada Senior Care caregiver from Western Massachusetts, arrived to provide hospice care for Becky Robirds* in her family home, she could not help but notice the house’s decoration. Juanita saw rosaries everywhere, in every room of Becky’s home. She guessed that the Robirds family was devoutly Catholic. She knew upon arrival that Becky’s passing would greatly affect everyone spiritually. Sensing this, Juanita took it upon herself to become Becky’s guardian angel. “I told her family about an app I have on my phone,” Juanita remembered, “I asked if it would be ok to sit beside Becky and…

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Why Is It So Hard To Age With Dignity?

Aging with dignity has been a recent topic of interest, especially among our rapidly aging population. Most of us can agree dignified aging should be considered a basic human right, yet there are still many Americans who feel they are denied this “right.” This begs the question – why? If the majority of us want our aging loved ones to live out the remainder of their lives with the dignity and respect they deserve, why is it so unattainable? What Are The Challenges? There are many ideas as to why our older loved ones are denied the right to age with dignity, but the…

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The Effects of Stress On Older Adults

When your body senses danger, your brain sends signals directing your muscles to tighten and your adrenal glands to release stress hormones. Stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, force your breath to quicken, blood pressure to rise, and senses to sharpen. These physiological changes speed up your reaction time, increase your strength, improve your stamina, and enhance your focus. This reaction is referred to as the stress response, and it’s entirely normal and necessary for survival. Once your brain accepts you are not in danger, your body returns to its normal pre-stressed state. Chronic stress, on the other hand, is…

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Read This BEFORE You File Your Long-Term Care Insurance Claim

Millions of Americans have purchased long-term care insurance in an effort to protect themselves from the financial risks associated with long-term care. Unfortunately, when seniors are ready to benefit from their investment, many have difficultly filing their claim and can end up spending months or even years trying to convince their insurers to approve it. Here is what you need to know before you file a long-term insurance claim. Is it the right time for you to file a long-term care insurance claim? Before your file your long-term insurance claim, you should make sure you are at the stage where…

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