From the monthly archives:

October 2010

Tweet There are many benefits to getting a good night’s rest.  Cutting down on napping during the day and increasing your exercise are ways that may help. Here are other tips from sleep experts: ● Establish a routine sleep schedule. ● Avoid utilizing bed for activities other than sleep or intimacy. ● Avoid substances that [...]

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Tweet So how do you know if your senior’s diet fits the bill?  These 10 warning signs are red flags that may signal a potential problem: Loss of appetite: If your senior has always been a hearty eater but no longer eats as he or she used to, it’s time to find out why. Underlying [...]

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Tweet Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive death of the neurons responsible for producing dopamine, a neurotransmitter closely linked with movement control. Researchers from the Université Laval (Quebec City) discovered that omega-3 fatty acids can help protect the brain from Parkinson’s disease.  Researchers believe that their findings can not only help prevent the disease [...]

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Sedatives May Increase Fall Risk

by Lois Etienne on October 22, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Question: My 82-year-old mother’s doctor put her on anti-depressants and I’m worried about leaving her alone.  Do you have any suggestion? Your concern may be justified.  According to an analysis of previous studies reported in a recent issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, older adults who take several types of psychotropic medications such as antidepressants [...]

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Preventing Muscle Loss in Seniors

by Lois Etienne on October 21, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Nearly nine in 10 people think feeling weaker is one of the worst parts of aging, but few Americans over the age of 45 are taking steps to prevent muscle loss, a new study finds.  The survey, commissioned by Abbott and developed in conjunction with the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging, found that [...]

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Tweet Question:  I was the primary caregiver for my 84-year-old wife, who recently died from breast cancer. I am having trouble coping. Is my situation unique and what can I do? A recent study revealed that many male partners of breast cancer patients are at increased risk of developing mood disorders that are so severe that [...]

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Tweet Recent news about the global impact of Alzheimer’s disease is very unsettling. A landmark report on the Global Economic Impact of Dementia finds that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are exacting a massive toll on the global economy, with the problem set to accelerate in coming years. The World Alzheimer Report 2010 provides the [...]

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Stress Fuels Cancer Growth

by Lois Etienne on October 14, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet While caregiving has many upsides, it’s one of the most stressful jobs there is and a commitment that definitely takes a toll on the family caregiver. In 2005, three-fifths of caregivers reported fair or poor health status, one or more chronic conditions, or a disability, compared with one-third of non-caregivers.1 Caregivers also reported chronic conditions [...]

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My Goodbye to Grandma

by Lois Etienne on October 12, 2010

in Grandmothers

Tweet Jim Prophet, Community Service Representative at Home Instead Senior Care in Spokane, WA, recently wrote about the loss of his grandmother.  This is his loving tribute to her: You never forget where you are when you receive the news.  I had just stepped out of the shower when the phone rang.  And while I [...]

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Tweet Did you know that nearly 40 percent of chronically ill older adults in the U.S. live alone, and a majority of those who are married have spouses with at least one chronic illness that can affect their ability to provide caregiver support?  That’s according to a University of Michigan study published recently in the [...]

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