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Understanding End-of-Life Setting Options

Understanding End-of-Life Setting Options If you could choose where you wanted to spend your final days, where would that be? Whatever the preference or circumstances of someone who is nearing the end of their life, understanding the care setting options is key to creating a plan that helps ensure the greatest comfort for the individual… Read More

Older Adults and Supplement Safety

Older Adults and Supplement Safety More than half of all older adults take dietary supplements. For the most part, these substances are not harmful. But there are several things older consumers should know: Supplements are largely unregulated, so there’s no real way to know what you’re buying, and whether it is safe. Supplements are not tested… Read More

Self-Neglect Is an Underreported Type of Elder Abuse

Self-Neglect Is an Underreported Type of Elder Abuse During a visit to their hometown, Dan and Amy visited their great-aunt. Aunt Becky was glad to see them, but they were worried at what they saw in her home. Her usually spotless house was dirty and unkempt. Though she’d always taken pride in her wardrobe, her… Read More

Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas For The Older Adult 

Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas For The Older Adult  The last few shopping days are here and you’ve found yourself stuck thinking about what to give that special elder in your life. Here are some different and thoughtful holiday gift ideas for seniors that won’t clutter the house or require  an  engineering degree to… Read More

“Home” For the Holidays? Common Signs Your Older Loved One May Need Help

“Home” For the Holidays? Common Signs Your Older Loved One May Need Help This year the holidays and holiday gatherings will look a bit different for most of us because of the pandemic. Experts advise us to stay home and limit our in-person celebrations to those living in our immediate household. Observing the holidays with… Read More

Is It Safe for My Loved One With Dementia to Own a Gun?

Is It Safe for My Loved One With Dementia to Own a Gun? The debate over guns has heated up during the past few years. But one thing most everyone on the firearm ownership opinion spectrum agrees about is that sometimes it is unsafe for an individual with mental illness to have access to guns…. Read More

Older Driver Safety Week: Ask Your Doctor About Medications

Older Driver Safety Week: Ask Your Doctor About Medications The first full week of December each year is Older Driver Safety Awareness Month, when experts focus on ways to keep seniors safe behind the wheel. This might be a driver safety evaluation, a senior driving safety course, a car inspection—and perhaps a family discussion, which… Read More

Reducing Caregiver Stress When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

Reducing Caregiver Stress When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease Each year in November, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America sponsors Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. November is also National Family Caregivers Month—so appropriate, because people who are providing care for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition face many challenges, and… Read More

October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month

October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a degenerative disease caused by abnormal protein deposits in the brain. These deposits, called Lewy bodies, cause changes in brain chemicals that can affect thinking, movement, behavior, and emotions. Although LBD it is not as well-known as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, it… Read More