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Do Your Brain a Favor & Defeat Social Isolation

— Much recent research has shed light on what’s been called an “epidemic” of loneliness among seniors. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that 25% of older adults reported feeling lonely. We know that loneliness is a health problem—experts have called it “as bad for our health as smoking or obesity.” In particular,... Read More

Reducing the Fall Risk of a Loved One Who Has Dementia

— September 23 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a time to call attention to the serious problem of falls among older adults. Each year one-third of all older adults will fall, and many of them are seriously, even fatally, injured. Anyone can fall and certain conditions that are common among older adults raise the risk. Those... Read More

The Seven Biggest Benefits for Music to Older Adults

— Every human culture has a musical tradition. Why do we love music? If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that among all the many noises in the world, we perceive certain tones, patterns and intervals as “music”? Brain scientists continue to study this uniquely human mystery, and now they are even using advanced imaging... Read More

Meeting the Needs of LGBT Seniors With Dementia

— This month, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This recognition takes place in June to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, an event that is symbolic of the ongoing battle for LGBT rights. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic event, many members of that... Read More

When a Loved One With Dementia Is Hospitalized

— Today, almost six million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many also have other health conditions which, like Alzheimer’s, become more common as we grow older, such as heart, lung or kidney disease. These seniors are likely to go to the emergency room or spend the night in... Read More

Supporting Dementia Caregivers

— It seems fitting that during November, we’ve been observing both Family Caregivers Month and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Millions of caregivers support the well-being of senior relatives. And caregivers whose loved ones are living with dementia carry an especially heavy load. The University of Michigan and the AARP recently conducted a study of people who... Read More

If a Loved One Has Dementia … And a Gun

— The gun debate continues to rage, and while there’s little common ground between Second Amendment adherents and gun control advocates, a May 2018 study by researchers from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center reported, “Even in the highly politicized atmosphere surrounding gun ownership, about 89 percent of Americans support limiting firearm purchases and access to... Read More

When Your Loved One With Dementia Lashes Out

— As Mom’s Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the family are sometimes shocked by her behavior. Formerly the most gentle and calm of women, Mom has been making angry accusations and yelling at family members, even young grandchildren. Last week she threw a clock on the floor because she couldn’t read the time. People who have never had... Read More

Improving Couples Communication When One Partner Has Dementia

— In time for Valentine’s Day, here’s an update on some important research. Today more than 35 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many live at home, while others live in a memory care community or other supported living environment. No matter where a person with Alzheimer’s lives, they likely receive... Read More

Falls Raise a Senior’s Risk of a Car Accident

— September 22, 2017 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a great time to learn about the surprising relationship between two leading causes of injuries in older adults. Falls and car accidents are two common causes of serious injuries in older adults, and can lead to disability, loss of independence and even death. Experts note that certain... Read More
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