Facts about Diabetes

What is non-insulin dependent diabetes? Non-insulin dependent diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. With Type II diabetes, your body makes insulin but cannot use the insulin it makes, Insulin is necessary for proper metabolism of digested food. This leads to elevated blood sugars. Some people may need insulin injections or oral medications to […]

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Preparing Meals for Aging Loved Ones

Prepping a week’s worth of meals at one time may seem overwhelming, but in the long run it winds up saving a lot of time and helps to stay on top of nutritional goals. If you are an adult caring for an aging loved one, preparing their meals ahead of time can provide you with […]

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How to Initiate Conversations with Aging Loved Ones

A loved one keeps forgetting to take their medications or puts off bathing, because they are unsteady on their feet. You hesitate to talk with your aging loved ones about their care needs and future plans, but they are showing signs of needing more help. How do you and the rest of the family start […]

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Self-Care Tips for Family Caregivers

Managing your own care when you are caring for a family member is extremely challenging, but the only way to best care for a loved one is to ensure you are properly caring for yourself. Caregiving is a very big job, but many people often don’t realize this, because they only see it as being […]

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Buying Healthy Foods Without Breaking the Bank

It is now common knowledge that more and more chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics are making their way into foods. While it is recommended to eat organic produce whenever possible, it can get expensive and this is hard to do for many seniors who live on a budget. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) – a […]

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Treating Arthritis in Aging Adults Through Water Exercises

The Mayo Clinic recommends that people who suffer from arthritis exercise in addition to the treatment programs determined by the medical professionals they are working with. The healthcare organization suggests that range-of-motion, strengthening and aerobic exercises are crucial in improving join pain and stiffness. But for patients, the pain alone can often be discouraging when […]

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Seniors Considered High Risk With Regard to Flu Complications

Getting the flu usually means spending several days at home away from friends and co-workers. Most healthy people will recover from the flu in about two weeks with proper home care. However, some individuals are at a higher risk of complications, making it essential for them to seek medical care immediately if they display flu […]

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Having Difficult Conversations with Aging Loved Ones

With holiday events bringing families together, they present an opportunity to talk face-to-face with your aging loved ones. The goal of making lasting memories while simultaneously attempting to have challenging conversations within a limited amount of time can make things a bit stressful. These conversations can feel forced, there are ways to connect in meaningful […]

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Detecting and Managing Hearing Loss in Seniors

As we get older, the nerve circuits in the inner ear deteriorate. The nerves that carry information to the brain and the nerves that filter and refine sound eventually become less proficient. It takes longer to decode sound signals. The filters that purify the sound do not work as well, so background noise can become […]

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Why and When to Opt for Using Home Health Care for Seniors

If you are like the majority of aging adults, you likely prefer to live at home for as long as possible. You enjoy the feeling of independence and being in familiar surroundings. Despite this, there may be some daily activities that are beginning to become a little challenging, such as dressing, bathing, driving, and grocery […]

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Healthy Food Shopping for Older Adults

Paying close attention to serving size, calories, and total fat are all important details, but adopting good nutrition begins in the grocery store. The following guidelines can help caregivers to ensure that seniors are eating nutrient-rich foods. Take note of the key components on food labels, such as calories, sodium, sugars, and fats. There are […]

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Sleep Deprivation and Alzheimer’s Disease

According to research conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, sleep deprivation can lead to an increased risk of memory issues and Alzheimer’s disease. The study indicates that regular restorative sleep helps to clean away toxic proteins called beta-amyloid that build up in the brain. Beta-amyloid attacks the brain’s long-term memory storage and is a […]

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How Socialization Benefits Elders and Their Caregivers

As people age and certain physical activities become more difficult to manage, some tend to withdraw socially. Lack of energy and other health conditions may also be a factor. This affects those who withdraw and those who are caring for them and/or sharing a home with them. Caregivers are often told how important it is […]

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Holiday Season

We want to remind you to take that hourly deep breath…… Are you having a difficult time keeping up with your growing family during the holidays? Once that quaint Thanksgiving or Christmas…. is now more of an event rather than a gathering……  Sometimes it’s as simple as managing expectations that come this time of the […]

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Several Warning Signs of a Stroke

Strokes are currently the second highest cause of death across the globe with research indicating that one person in the world will suffer from a stroke every two seconds. World Stroke Day was on October 29, which highlights education regarding strokes, including risk factors and warning signs of a stroke. Strokes, depending on how serious […]

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A Connection Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

Research indicates that an increase in hearing loss may result in increased risk for cognitive decline and possibly dementia. Research also indicates that limited hearing is linked to the health of the brain, and adults with loss of hearing are more likely to develop dementia than adults with average hearing. It is estimated that over […]

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3 Signs that it May be Time to Bring in Outside Help

It is not uncommon for couples that have lived together for a long time to learn how to adapt, adjust and compensate for each other’s weaknesses. They figure out how to make it work until something happens and everything falls apart. You do not have to wait until an emergency happens to get help, though. […]

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Remain Independent in Your Own Home

It came to our attention through the time that our area was affected by Hurricane Irma, that there are many families in need of help during a time of crisis, whether a natural disaster or another type of crisis. Various issues that arise with regard to aging can be difficult to deal with, however, it […]

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Heart Health

World Heart Day was established at the beginning of the 21st century as a means or the World Heart Federation to increase awareness about heart health. Worldwide, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death each year, resulting in the lost of over 17.5 million lives. The World Heart Federation has the goal […]

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Pain Medications and Risk of Falling and Addiction for Elderly

Many elderly persons suffer from chronic pain due to musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis, nerve damage due to diabetes or shingles, or various forms of cancer. Reports indicate that over 30 percent of people enrolled in Medicare Part D use opioid prescriptions in efforts to manage pain. Opioids (hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, etc.) are powerful pain medications […]

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Dementia Awareness and Care

Dementia is a brain disorder that diminishes memory, thinking and the ability to communicate, making daily self-care difficult and average daily activities challenging to perform. Many people have memory loss issues and this does not automatically mean that they have Alzheimer’s or another dementia. While symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of […]

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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist as Florida Braces for Irma

It is especially important to be prepared if there are babies, elderly, ill persons or special needs persons in the home, to ensure all needs are properly met in case a hurricane affects the area. Here is a hurricane safety checklist to help you in preparing: Water in plastic containers. One gallon of water per […]

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The Benefits of Elderly Persons Owning a Pet

For elderly persons who live at home alone or even in a group facility, owning a pet can provide stress reduction, result in lower blood pressure, encourage social interaction and physical activity, and prompt the desire to do research and learn about their pet. Studies have found a connection between cardiovascular health and pets. A […]

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The Importance in Informing Your Doctor About Any Fall or Injury

Falls and fall-related injuries amongst seniors are undoubtedly an area of concern. Despite this, a recent study shows that approximately half of seniors who have suffered a fall do not discuss the fall with their doctor. When someone has suffered a fall, it is very important to discuss it with the doctor for a variety […]

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The Importance of a Local Primary Doctor for Seasonal Residents

Southwest Florida enjoys a substantial inflow during the winter and early spring months especially. When seasonal residents experience an injury or become ill, they are often unsure as to whom to go to for medical care, since many seasonal residents do not have a local primary physician. Often times, their only primary care doctor is […]

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