5 Tips for Choosing a Nursing Home

It has become clear that Mom can no longer live alone. But what sort of facility would be the best choice for her? Assisted-living? A nursing home? It depends on her needs. The best way to begin this decision is for the family members to conduct an objective needs assessment for Mom. Is she no…

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Keeping Track of Mom’s Health? There’s an App for That!

Mom lives 50 miles from you and your siblings. It’s close enough that any of you can get there whenever you need to, but far enough that none of you can help her keep tabs on her diabetes and arthritis as easily as you’d like. There’s good news for you — and all the other…

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Do you have a chronic health condition? Then you need these vaccines.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a perfect time for seniors to review which vaccines they have received — and which they still need. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all seniors receive the following four vaccines: 1. The seasonal flu vaccine (all ages, every year) 2. The pneumococcal vaccine (adults…

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5 Tips for Senior Downsizing

It’s time for Mom and Dad to move into a place that can take better care of them then they can themselves. The good news is that they agree it’s time. The bad news is that you are looking at a family home with thirty (or more!) years of belongings, and wondering how you’re going…

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Good News for Dialysis Patients

Finally, there’s good news for people with advanced kidney disease. A recently-published study in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that leg amputation — a common consequence for people with end-stage kidney disease who are on dialysis — has dropped by more than 50% between 2000 and 2014. This is good news, and not just because amputation…

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What are ADLs and IADLs?

Caregivers for the elderly often find themselves immersed in a world of acronyms. There are acronyms for diseases and conditions, for classes of medications, for types of care. And the list goes on. Two acronyms that affect the type of care your loved one can get — and who will pay for it — are…

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Cardiac Rehabilitation for Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is the leading cause of hospitalization in seniors. Although CHF is a serious condition, its name makes it sound even worse than it is. In CHF, which is sometimes called Chronic Heart Failure, the heart has not failed completely, but it is weakened and cannot pump blood effectively. CHF is not…

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Dementia is Underdiagnosed in These 3 Populations

The results of a recent Johns Hopkins study add to the growing evidence that dementia is an even bigger problem than we realize. According to the study, a significant majority of seniors with probable dementia have either not been diagnosed with dementia or are not aware that they have been diagnosed. The biggest risk factor…

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