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Why Cognitive Aging Should (Not) Scare You

Because cognitive aging and dementia aren’t the same. “Jack, I’m worried about Dad,” Laura said to her husband when they sat down for coffee after dinner. “Why?” “Because he couldn’t find his car keys,” she said.  Jack grinned over the rim of his coffee cup. “Honey, you misplace your car keys at least three times…

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What’s the Best Bed for Seniors After Surgery?

 When discussing which is the best bed for seniors after surgery, we have to take into account a few factors: What type of surgery did the person have? How much time should they be resting in bed? Did the surgeon say which sleep position to adopt?   Surgery Types There are many types of surgery,…

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Tips to Banish Loneliness in Seniors

Most of us feel a powerful need for a sense of connection to a group and a source of friendship. We know deep down that we are not self-sufficient. We need each other to make up the parts that we are missing. That’s where tips to banish loneliness in seniors comes in. But before we…

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Paid Caregiving: How You Can Become a Paid Family Caregiver

Paid caregiving is an option – even without Medicaid.   As of 2015, 23 percent of American family caregivers devoted over 40 hours a week to their loved ones. To put that in perspective, there are over 40 million caregivers in the United States. So we’ve got almost 10 million people who spend the equivalent…

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9 Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

Deciding on whether or not an older loved one has signs of Parkinson’s Disease can be tough. It’s also a bit hard to pin down exactly how many signs of PD there are. Some doctors list 7, others 15, still others count up to 22. Here we’ve listed 9 of them. Before we get into…

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Stroke Facts Caregivers Need to Know

Strokes – also known as cerebrovascular accidents, or CVAs – are extremely common. They’re also extremely misunderstood. Today we’re going to talk about the stroke facts you need to know so that you can take care of your older loved ones. Strokes aren’t painful. Many people assume that strokes are accompanied by pain. The truth…

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Communication Tips for Alzheimer’s: When Mom Wants to Go Home

Last time we talked about how to make conversation easier when a loved one has aphasia. Today we’re going to talk about communication tips for Alzheimer’s. One of the most common – and most frustrating – situations that comes up when a loved one has Alzheimer’s is when, in the middle of an event, Mom…

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Communication Tips for Aphasia: 9 Ways to Make Conversation Easier

One of the hardest things to deal with when a loved one suffers from aphasia is conversation. Suddenly, the person you found it so easy to talk to becomes someone you can barely communicate with at all. Today you’ll read about 9 communication tips for aphasia that can make conversation a lot easier. Before we…

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Elder Care Attorneys: 7 Questions to Ask Before You Hire One

Last time we talked about what elder care attorneys do and whether you need one. Today we’re going to go into some tips on how to hire the best elder law attorney for you and your family. Of course, hiring an attorney – any attorney – is like choosing a doctor, or a nursing home,…

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Elder Law Attorneys: Do We Need One?

Today we’re going to talk about what elder law attorneys do and why you might need one. What is elder law? If you’re a caregiver, then you don’t need to be told about the complicated financial, legal and medical issues that come up when you’re caring for an older adult. You know about it all,…

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