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Diane's husband sipping on tea beside the fireplace
Health & Wellness
Diane

Is it a cold or the flu and why it matters

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.

A few years ago, I took a short nap and woke up with a sore throat and a fever. There wasn’t a place on my body that didn’t ache. I was miserable. Nothing made me feel better the first few days. Nothing. I had the flu.

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An elderly woman blowing on her hands to warm them
Health & Wellness
Diane

What You Need to Know About Hypothermia and the Elderly

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?

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An elderly man with a younger female relative in the background
Planning for Retirement and Beyond
Diane

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 and has dementia, his children are committed to seeing that he gets the best care possible. The primary responsibility for managing his caregiving falls to those who live nearby. For the most part, there have been few family conflicts. Every once in a while though, a family member becomes upset.

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A bullseye rash produced by a tick bite
Health & Wellness
Diane

Do ticks make you paranoid? You’re not the only one

Ticks are tiny creatures that barely tickle when they crawl over your skin. Makes me shudder just to write the sentence. Did you know that in Maine alone, 14 different tick species have been identified? Thankfully, they don’t all feast on humans. But one, the deer tick, is responsible for most of the tick-borne illnesses in humans in this state, primarily Lyme disease. If a tick is making a meal of you, determining if it’s a deer tick is important.

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A sick, elderly woman with a caregiver at her bedside
Dealing with Chronic Illness
Diane

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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