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By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on April 27, 2021
Heart failure means the heart is no longer pumping blood through the body like it properly should. When this happens, seniors might experience health changes such as more fatigue and shortness of breath because the body’s cells aren’t able to get enough oxygen from the blood. They may also experience…
By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on April 13, 2021
Holding a family meeting takes some of the burden of care planning off your shoulders. Giving everyone a chance to share their thoughts shows you respect the other people who care for your senior loved one, and it minimizes the chances of people complaining later. Working through these steps helps…
By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on March 23, 2021
According to the World Health Organization, there are at least 30 essential vitamins and minerals the human body can’t produce on its own. While most people get these nutrients from the foods they eat, some older adults have a difficult time processing certain vitamins and minerals. Here’s a quick look…
By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on March 9, 2021
Stress is a natural response to dangerous events or threats. Stress triggers what’s known as the fight-or-flight response, which prepares people to face danger or flee from it. When an individual faces danger, stress hormones cause the muscles to tighten and the body to release more fat and sugar for…
By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on February 23, 2021
Scientists have long debated the link between alcohol consumption and Alzheimer’s disease. Some believe drinking red wine in moderation can be beneficial for health, while others argue that alcohol consumption can accelerate cognitive decline. Recently, scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) conducted a study to determine the…
By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on February 9, 2021
Many seniors with dementia love to read, but they find themselves getting frustrated because the cognitive issues involved with dementia make it difficult to remember the meaning and plots of certain books. Fortunately, many authors have written books just for seniors with dementia. These books range from inspirational nonfiction seniors…
By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on January 26, 2021
Even though vision changes are a natural part of the aging process, seniors can take many different steps to preserve their eyesight. In addition to scheduling regular appointments with their eye doctors, older adults might also need to change some of their lifestyle habits if they want to keep their…
By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on January 12, 2021
The phrase “aging in place” refers to living in a cherished home environment during the senior years. The benefits far exceed other residential options, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility. Here’s what your aging loved one gains by staying in his or her home throughout the golden…
By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on December 29, 2020
Seniors and their families should learn how diet can prevent common health-related risks among older adults, such as heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, cataracts, cancer, and dementia. With the right approach to preparation, the following foods can be tasty disease-fighting additions to your senior loved one’s diet. Beans  Low…
By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on December 15, 2020
Although diabetes is relatively common in aging adults, it is also a preventable disease. Understanding the root causes of diabetes can help seniors stave off this health condition. Here are some of the most common diabetes risk factors for the elderly.  1. Age As seniors progress in age, their risk…