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Taking medications when you’re older: Common problems and simple solutions

The older you are, the more likely you take several medications. According to the American Geriatric Society, people over 65 buy more than 25 percent of all prescription medicines and 30 percent of all nonprescription medicines. For many reasons, elderly people often have difficulty taking their medications as prescribed. We have some simple solutions that might help.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

The best kind of exercises for people with painful arthritis

Arthritis. The word means inflamed joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It’s usually caused by wear and tear on the cartilage‚ the part of the joint that provides a cushion between the ends of the bones. When you lose that cushion you’ve got bone rubbing against bone. If you’ve got arthritis, no wonder you feel stiff and your joints hurt and you can’t move like you used to.
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Categories: Blog and Dealing with Chronic Illness.

How to let your elderly parents know you’re worried about their safety

  Several years ago my friend Lucy and her husband, who were in their 50s, left their home and jobs in Chicago and moved to Maine. Not to retire or experience a slower pace of life, but to care for Lucy’s elderly mother.
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Blog, and Planning for Retirement and Beyond.

Put a little fun in your life. Go dancing!

Joan Overton has been dancing nearly all her life. She just turned 82. I don’t know what I expected when I agreed to meet her at her weekly dance class, but when she was pointed out to me I was surprised. I grabbed a quick photo of her practicing the Foxtrot. Looking stylish in a leopard print top and low-heeled, open-toed dancing shoes, Joan is as graceful and limber as a much younger woman.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

Important Facts About Pneumonia

Many years ago, my elderly friend Delphine was rushed by ambulance to the emergency room because a slight cold suddenly turned worse and she began acting confused. The doctor listened to her lungs and ordered a chest x-ray, which showed she had pneumonia. I had visited her in the nursing home just a few days earlier and she seemed fine.
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Categories: Blog and Dealing with Chronic Illness.

Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

For many summers, my parents would rent a camp for a week and host a family reunion. The older they got, the more they looked forward to connecting with their eight kids and multitude of grandchildren. When our week began, one of the first things on the agenda was to decide which night we’d have a lobster feed. Dad loved his lobsters and would do everything in his power not to let anything get in the way of lobster night. Not even symptoms of congestive heart failure.
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Categories: Blog and Dealing with Chronic Illness.

Diabetes in the Elderly

Al sure did love his ice cream. Real ice cream. When the weather was good, he would sometimes drive his motorized chair to the ice cream stand at the end of his street. A few times he pulled up to the drive-through window to order a banana split. That is a true story! The manager asked his family to PLEASE call ahead and he’d have Al’s order ready, adding that he should go to the door, NOT the drive-through window. Safety wasn’t the only worrisome issue when it came to Al’s penchant for ice cream. He also had type-2 diabetes.
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Categories: Blog and Dealing with Chronic Illness.

Is Your Deodorant Risky?

Did you know that sweat by itself doesn’t smell? Body odor happens when bacteria living on the skin break down acids in the sweat. Our underarms are especially susceptible. Thank goodness for deodorants and antiperspirants, you might exclaim. Do you know the difference between the two?
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.