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Alzheimer’s: How to Make Mealtimes Easier

A package containing a Hershey's bar, Reese's peanut butter cups and a Kit Kat bar

My mother, who has Alzheimer’s, loves chocolate. She always has, as far back as I can remember. She would never buy herself just one chocolate bar, opting for the entire box instead. She went through phases. For a long time, it was Hershey Bars, which she liked to eat soft and nearly melted. When she switched to Peanut Butter Cups, she preferred them icy cold from the freezer.

Home for the Holidays: Tips for Traveling with a Loved One with Dementia

An elderly father with his daughter

Every holiday season Ray and his wife Camille fly to Michigan to spend time with their daughter and her family. They’ve been doing it for the past decade and have never missed a year. But things are different now. Ray has dementia and Camille is worried that the trip may be too much for him — and also for her.

Because Ray is still in the early stages of dementia and is really looking forward to the trip, Camille has decided to do whatever she can to make it work. Her first step was to contact the Alzheimer’s Association for some travel advice. She learned that planning ahead is critical. 

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Is it a cold or the flu and why it matters

Diane's husband sipping on tea beside the fireplace

A cold

My husband has had a cold for the past 10 days. It started with a runny nose and a little congestion and then he got a lumpy feeling in his throat. For several days he sneezed and sneezed and coughed and coughed.

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What You Need to Know About Hypothermia and the Elderly

An elderly woman blowing on her hands to warm them

Shivering is one of those amazing things our bodies do to keep us operating at top speed. It’s as if we had an internal thermostat. Too hot, we sweat in order to cool off. Too cold, we shiver to stay warm.

But did you know that as we age the thermostat doesn’t always work the way it should? Not good, especially in the kind of weather we’ve been experiencing lately, and one of the reasons why elderly people are at increased risk of developing hypothermia.

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