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Winter Safety for Seniors

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Older adults tend to feel the cold more than younger folks, and the cold may have a greater negative effect on seniors. Know how to keep warm in cold weather, and what you should not do when out in the cold. Keep Warm Inside It’s important to stay warm, even…

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When the Power Goes Out

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When the power goes out in cold weather, older adults are especially vulnerable. A few precautions taken early can keep you and your loved ones safe during a winter power outage. Charge Devices in Advance Cell phones are for more than just games and messages. For an older adult in…

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County Senior Services

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Resolve to stay active and healthy in 2018! Did you know that Frederick County has a number of services and activities for senior citizens to take advantage of? Read on to find out more. Senior Centers There are four senior centers affiliated with Frederick County—located in Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Frederick, and…

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Personal Care Agreements

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Many families reach a point when they recognize that an older relative needs more than occasional assistance. When a family member is the best one to provide full-time care, a written agreement may be the best way to clarify expectations and avoid conflict. The person providing care for a loved…

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Type 2 Diabetes – Are You At Risk?

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Type 2 diabetes affects about 27 million people in the U.S. — including about 12 million seniors. This serious condition involves a problem with insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas to help the body convert sugar to energy. In Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas either doesn’t produce enough insulin,…

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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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Age Out Loud

Age Out Loud

Compared to 1963, the way Americans are aging has changed dramatically. We live longer, we work longer, and there are more options for retirement and aging in place that did not exist fifty years ago. However, living and working longer creates greater health and financial concerns for many senior citizens…

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UV Safety

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July is the perfect month to talk about sun and UV safety. The sun is bright and the temperatures hot, and many people spend a lot more time outside during the summer than at other times of the year. If you aren’t prepared properly for sun safety, you can cause…

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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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