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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.

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.

Benefits of massage for people who are elderly or have dementia (and caregivers, too)

I’ve long believed that if we could all start each day with a good back and shoulder massage the world would be a more peaceful place. Not only does massage help relieve stress and tension, it’s being used more and more as a complement to traditional medical treatments. For example, in some cancer centers, volunteer massage therapists give soothing massages to patients undergoing chemotherapy.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

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.

Six Infections to Watch Out For in Elderly People

As we get older, unfortunately, we become more susceptible to infections. That’s because, with age, the immune system doesn’t work as well as it used to. It gets even more difficult if you are also dealing with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD or emphysema), heart problems or cancer.
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Categories: Blog and Dealing with Chronic Illness.

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.

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.

How to Protect an Elderly Person From the Summer Heat

The dog days of summer — August in New England — can be dangerous for elderly people. Staying out in the hot sun too long can cause several heat-related illnesses, but so can staying inside when it’s hot and stuffy. The most common illnesses caused by hot temperatures are heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

How to Handle Family Conflicts When Caring for an Elderly Relative

John was blessed with a large family. He would be the first to tell you so. Now that he is elderly — a widower well into his 80s — and has dementia, all of his children are committed to seeing that he gets the best care possible. Even though most live out of state, and the primary responsibility for managing caregiving falls to the ones who live nearby, for the most part, there have been few family conflicts.
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Categories: Blog and Planning for Retirement and Beyond.