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How Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Affects You


You remember seeing the signs. But soon, the little things progressively became undeniable. When the doctor’s diagnosis came back as Alzheimer’s disease, you were stunned. The task now is caring for your loved one. Specialists and caregivers will tell you, this is not easy. Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss affect not only the person diagnosed;...
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How To Help An Adult Who Is Living With Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar disorder affects millions of Americans, and while it is often associated with young people, it can be found in adults as well. Sometimes called manic depression, bipolar disorder affects emotions and behavior and can lead to manic states, during which behavior is unpredictable and can include recklessness, outbursts or periods of rage, outrageous demands, substance abuse, and...
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Caregiver Depression: A Very Real, Very Common Concern


Caring for a family member or friend who is living with a memory disorder is a labor of love. The decision to do so is made for many reasons, most often because loved ones feel a deep emotional need to embark on this often rewarding, but challenging pursuit. While it can feel very good to...
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10 Tips for Maintaining Your Brain


Most of us know the importance of regular exercise to keep the body fit, but how many can say we put equal emphasis on exercising our brains? “It’s more important than you think,” said Beverly Sanborn, LCSW, gerontologist and Belmont Village VP of programs. “Just as we build muscle strength to keep our bodies fit, we...
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The Benefits of Socialization


Where do an active lifestyle and good health intersect? Social life is important at any age, but for seniors who are retired and at risk of becoming isolated, a strong network of social support is crucial for maintaining overall quality of life. Experts agree that social activity for seniors has a number of physical, mental and...
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Cost-Cutting Ideas for Seniors


A penny saved is a penny earned, no matter how old you are! Even seniors can be discount-savvy, and there are plenty of ways for seniors to make the most of the resources they have. Order medication in bulk - A 90-day supply of a prescription is often much less than hitting the pharmacy each month. Eat...
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The Importance of Dining for Seniors


That old adage, you are what you eat, isn’t a meaningless motto. It has proven itself to be an accurate mantra for everyday living. These days, “fine dining” could be more accurately defined as “healthy eating” and the benefits are many. They range from increased mental capabilities and a boosted immune system to higher energy...
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How Do You Know When You Are Ready?


There are several options available for seniors when it comes to independent living in their golden years. We are going to try to answer the most important question of all: how do you know when you are ready? The first response from many seniors is, “I’m not ready”. The natural reply would be, “not ready...
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What Are You Forgetting?


Most of us have moments when we struggle to remember. It’s not unusual to worry, or to be concerned when a family member is grappling with memory issues, but lots of things can make you forgetful. Stress and multi-tasking are major culprits. Research has also shown that sheer volume of information attained over a lifetime...
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Fall Prevention


Fall prevention may not seem like a fun topic, but it’s important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions, and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Consider these simple fall-prevention strategies: Make an appointment with...
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