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Understanding Lewy Body Dementia

— It would be understandable to have never heard of—or know much about—Lewy body dementia. It is a form of dementia that has only received global scientific attention in the last few decades. Scientists did not fully understand how common this form of dementia is until the 1990s. October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness month, a... Read More

Dealing with Seasonal Depression

— The weather is beginning to change. Leaves are falling and pumpkin spice season is just around the corner. Fall is in the air! Many people enjoy the changing of the seasons as summer ends. But for others, the impending season change brings about emotional changes. Some seasonal changes are normal for humans living away from... Read More

Eating Well, Aging Well

— Eating for Health and Wellness at Any Age We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” No matter your age, a nutritious diet is essential to maintaining energy and a healthy weight. It can even help prevent chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Early research... Read More

Protecting Seniors During Natural Disasters

— Natural disasters are devastating. They cost lives. They cost communities. They cost money. But they are particularly deadly for seniors. Gustavo E. Flores, M.D., a member of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Emergency Cardiovascular Care committee, explains, “During and after a storm, many people experience extreme stress and trauma, which research shows can lead to... Read More

6 Ways to Model Good Health for the Grandkids

— During the past decade or so, evolutionary biologists have been looking at an interesting question: Why do humans, unlike almost every other species in the animal kingdom, survive long beyond their reproductive years? Despite the ageist stereotype that older adults are a “burden,” anthropologists agree that living in social groups that included older members was... Read More

Are the Baby Boomers Healthier Than Previous Generations?

— September is Healthy Aging Month. Beginning in the 1960s, experts began predicting that the baby boom generation would be healthier than their parents and grandparents. The boomers were into jogging and aerobics and health food, and benefited from advances in health care. Are We Becoming Healthier As We Age? But as the decades passed, it... Read More

Making End-Of-Life Decisions for Others

— Making your own healthcare decisions can be tough. Making healthcare decisions for someone you care about — especially at the end of life — can be overwhelming. Even if an advance directive, such as a living will, explains your loved one’s wishes, it probably won’t cover all possible medical treatments. So, how can you advocate... Read More

Understanding the Assisted Living Community

— Who – When – How? Moving to an assisted living facility is an important life decision for older adults and their family. How do you know when it’s the right time? What is the difference between assisted living and independent living? And how do you pick the best option? Like most important decisions, researching the... Read More

Which Foods Are Good for Brain Health?

— A miracle brain power supplement? Superfood capsules? Herbal shakes with mysterious “cognitive health” enzymes? If you watch TV or go on the internet or read magazines, you are likely bombarded with commercials for products claiming to protect the memory and stave off dementia, even to “boost brain power.” Then there are nutrition “experts” who make... Read More

8 Stress-Busting Tasks for Family Caregivers

— During the pandemic, the role of family caregivers has increased, experts report. Caring relatives and friends have spent many hours keeping older loved ones safe, providing hands-on care, transportation, shopping for their loved ones, and doing what they could to support elders in senior living communities during quarantine. They’ve even been providing more tech support... Read More
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