From the monthly archives:

December 2010

Loneliness Spreads Among Older Adults

by Lois Etienne on December 30, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Q. I think my 83-year-old widowed mother is lonely, but I’m not sure what to do about it.  It seems that she has fewer friends all the time.  Is she at any kind of health risk as a result? Not only can loneliness isolate your mother and keep her from forming meaningful relationships, it [...]

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Understanding Your Senior’s Coverage Plan

by Lois Etienne on December 29, 2010

in Insurance

Tweet Q. 84-year-old mother, who has been in excellent health all of her life, recently fell and spent several days in the hospital following hip surgery.  She’s now coming home and my family and I are trying to work through the medical healthcare maze.  Can you help? Most families don’t know what Medicare or private [...]

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Elderly at Risk in Extreme Cold

by Lois Etienne on December 27, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet The extreme temperatures and snow of winter can be particularly dangerous for older adults. The elderly and those with heart disease are at special risk, according to the American Heart Association. As people age, their ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature often decreases. Because elderly people seem to be relatively insensitive to [...]

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Tweet You’ve just returned to your childhood home for the holidays, but things don’t look the same.  Are the conditions of aging jeopardizing your senior’s health and safety at home? Complete this checklist and if you see any of these situations, your senior may need extra help. Look in the refrigerator, freezer and drawers. Spoiled [...]

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Happy Holidays from Home Instead

by Lois Etienne on December 20, 2010

in Holiday

Tweet Just last week, I was talking Christmas with a group of business related friends.  One person in the group was a self appointed Scrooge.  Between the decorations, the busyness, the get togethers, she wanted to just say bah-humbug and let the season pass.  During the conversation, she did come around a bit to say [...]

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Tweet Q.   I’m very concerned about my 75-year-old mother, a full-time caregiver to my dad, who has been an invalid for years. I’ve been trying to convince her to get additional help because I’m worried the stress will begin to take its toll on her. What can happen with too much stress? And any suggestions on [...]

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Seniors at Risk with Too Many Doctors

by Lois Etienne on December 15, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Studies reveal that the more doctors that seniors see the greater their risk for dangerous drug errors. An analysis of prescription drug alerts conducted by Medco Health Solutions, Inc., found that the greater the number of physicians seen by a patient over age 65, the greater the number of prescriptions the patient fills, and [...]

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Child Proof Seniors Home for the Holidays

by Lois Etienne on December 14, 2010

in Holiday

Tweet Q. My parents, who are both in their 80s, are expecting a houseful of people this holiday season.  Guests will include a number of small children.  My folks haven’t entertained youngsters for years.  I’m helping them decorate their home for the holidays as well as purchasing gifts for their young guests.  Can you give me [...]

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Tweet Most seniors want to remain in their home. Attempting to remain healthy and active is a good place to start. Research reveals that illnesses and injuries, which lead to hospitalization or activity restriction, were associated with worsening functional ability, especially among those who were physically frail, according to a study in the Journal of the [...]

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Tweet HELP! My 86-year-old dad lives alone at home and I am increasingly concerned about his safety. What are the threats to him as an elderly senior? As seniors age they can become more vulnerable to the effects of aging, which may threaten their ability to remain at home. And one of the biggest threats [...]

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