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Understanding aortic stenosis and new treatment options

My mother, who had just turned 90, passed away recently of a condition called aortic stenosis. During a routine checkup about 10 years ago, her doctor picked up a heart murmur. After a series of tests, including an ultrasound, a heart specialist made the diagnosis. I’d never heard of aortic stenosis before, but learned that it’s yet another thing we can develop with age. It happens in about three percent of people over 75. Anatomy of the heart To help explain what it is, I’ll begin with a brief anatomy lesson. There are four valves in the heart — aortic, tricuspid,
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Categories: Blog and Dealing with Chronic Illness.

10 signs that your elderly parent may need a little help

When we see our parents on a regular basis, we may not notice subtle changes in their routines or behaviors. If one is failing in some way, the other may pick up the slack and so, it may seem as if nothing is amiss. They may not mention anything because they don’t want to worry us or be a burden. 
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

Who says 90 is too old to exercise? Not these men!

Do you have trouble fitting exercise into your life? Join the club. Sometimes, everything else comes first. And yet, being active can be key to feeling young and healthy. I know that. You know that. And so do the three gentlemen I met in the Fit to Live exercise group at the South Portland Recreation Center. All in shape, all active, all in their 90s.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

Lost your appetite? It could be your age, but help is on the way

Eating nutritious meals is important no matter what stage of life you’re in. In fact, the older we get, the more important the quality of our diet becomes. That’s because as we age, getting adequate amounts of certain nutrients from our food becomes more difficult and the need for calories decreases. In addition, our bodies simply don’t absorb some nutrients as well as they used to.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

Welcome to Our Blog: Aging in Place

Advantage Home Care is happy to provide a blog about aging in place and issues affecting the elderly — whether it be safety, dementia, deciding when more care is needed or when to take the car keys. Please take a look through our posts. We think they are helpful for caregivers and others. We welcome your comments and suggestions for new blog entries. Click on the title of any blog entry to read the entire article. We’d love to hear your stories about aging, whether you are the person who is being cared for or you are the caregiver. You
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Blog, Dealing with Chronic Illness, Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness, and Planning for Retirement and Beyond.