From the monthly archives:

November 2010

Tweet Q. As a working mother of three children and caregiver to two senior parents, the holidays are among the most stressful times of the year for me.  I’m a good manager, so I always get everything done, but I end up frazzled and unhappy by the time it’s all over.  What are some things [...]

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Seniors Will Love the Gift of Time

by Lois Etienne on November 26, 2010

in Holidays

Tweet Question: I’m a 22-year-old recent college graduate now living on my own who has several seniors to buy for this holiday, including my grandparents.  When I was a kid, I often made little gifts and cards for them.  But now that I’m grown, I haven’t a clue.  What can you recommend? I’m sure your [...]

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Tweet We checked with an expert source to get the scoop on how people with diabetes can make the most of the holidays and stay healthy.  The most important thing about managing diabetes during any special season is to plan ahead, according to the American Diabetes Association.  The more you can learn what’s going to [...]

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Tweet Question: My 72-year-old mother, who lives alone, has been experiencing dizziness and headaches.  I’m afraid she may be having TIAs or mini strokes and that she could be headed for a major stroke.  What are the stroke symptoms and what can I do to help, since she lives alone? Please encourage your mother to [...]

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Tweet While not having many close friends contributes to poorer health for many older adults, those who also feel lonely face even greater health risks. This study found that older people who are able to adjust to being alone don’t have the same health problems. This University of Chicago study is the first to examine [...]

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Tweet Only about one in four Americans ages 50 to 64 regularly take advantage of preventive services such as screenings and immunizations, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the AARP and the American Medical Association. “Promoting Preventive Services for Adults 50-64: Community and Clinical Partnerships” focuses [...]

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10 Reasons Seniors Hang On To Stuff

by Lois Etienne on November 16, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet From the Home Instead Senior Care network and Vickie Dellaquila, certified professional organizer and author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash, here are 10 reasons seniors can’t or won’t give up on their stuff: 1.  The Dream of the Future.  Those clothes in the closet don’t fit anymore, but your loved one is sure that some [...]

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Seniors More Vulnerable to Fire

by Lois Etienne on November 12, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Question: My 85-year-old mother loves candles and is always burning them, especially on chilly winter nights.  She also often falls asleep with a candle burning.  Since she lives alone, I’m worried about her safety. Your mother could be vulnerable to a very real safety threat.  The U.S. Fire Administration says people over the age [...]

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Tweet Q.   I’ve been trying to convince my 70-year-old dad to get out and walk, but he doesn’t see any point to it. How can I persuade him? Ask your dad whether he would be interested in something simple he could do a few times a week that would help keep his memory intact as [...]

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Tweet Question: My 80-year-old father has heart problems and lives alone. I become apprehensive every time I visit his house for fear I’ll find he’s collapsed and I won’t know what to do. How can I be better prepared? It doesn’t take long to know how to be prepared for an emergency. The first step [...]

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