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Becoming a Family Caregiver

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It’s never easy to make the transition from being a child, niece, nephew, spouse, or grandchild to becoming a caregiver for an aging relative. You may have to consider issues like housing and transportation, powers of attorney and health care directives, mental health and cognition of your aging loved one,…

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Pain Awareness

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Many senior citizens fail to report pain to a doctor because of a common misconception that pain is a natural part of aging. However, pain is a signal that something is wrong in the body and should be taken seriously. The number of adults experiencing chronic pain has been on…

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Overnight Care

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The nighttime hours can be a time of danger for some seniors who live alone. Falls often happen at night, when an elderly person gets up to use the bathroom. Some seniors experience sleeplessness or increased anxiety at night. Many with early and mid-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease exhibit increased…

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Maintaining Good Mental Health

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Mental health is as important for senior citizens as it is for other age groups. Some of the most common mental health issues occurring among older adults are depression, anxiety, grief, and mood disorders. While such issues are common among older adults, they are not a normal part of aging.…

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Common Causes of Stress for Seniors

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According to the American Institute of Stress, 60 percent of all human illnesses and disease are caused by stress. In addition, 1 in 5 Americans experience extreme stress, which means these folks may experience heart palpitations, depression, and shaking as a result of the stress. What causes stress? For many,…

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March is National Kidney Month. Are Your Kidneys Healthy?

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Your kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood. These vital organs clean 200 liters of blood a day. They also regulate blood pressure and help make red blood cells. Malfunctioning kidneys can cause serious health complications, including buildup of waste and extra water in the body. According to the National…

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February is American Heart Month

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American Heart Month has taken place since 1964, when it was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson. More than 40 percent of Americans have high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States,…

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