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Medicare Advantage Will Allow In-home Care as Supplemental Benefit in 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that non-skilled, in-home care services will be allowed as a supplemental benefit for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in 2019. This is the first time that CMS has allowed supplemental benefits which include daily maintenance for recipients of Medicare Advantage. “CMS is expanding the definition of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diabetes and Fall Prevention

Diabetes is a condition that has been established as a risk factor for falls. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage affecting sensation, movement and balance, is a common complication of diabetes that puts aging persons at a higher risk of falling. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by increased blood sugar levels, which damage the nerves […]

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Natural Herbs and More to Help Safeguard Your Eyesight

Increased blood pressure and increased blood glucose levels can harm the blood vessels in your eyes. There are things you can do to protect your vision from eye conditions, including macular degeneration and cataracts, including eating a well-balanced diet and including certain natural herbs and supplements in your daily regimen. A few medicinal herbs that […]

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The Importance of Proper Hydration

The body needs water to eliminate toxins, produce digestive enzymes, maintain healthy skin, hair and organs, and to help your body absorb essential vitamins, minerals and natural sugars. Water also helps the body to regulate its temperature, stimulates metabolism and helps to promote regularity. Fluids other than pure water do not act in the same […]

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Bathing Challenges for Seniors and Tips to Prevent Falls

Getting in and out of the tub can be an arduous task for some older adults, even when their restrooms are equipped with safety equipment to assist them. University of Michigan’s Medical School’s Division of Geriatric Medicine completed a study of people aged 60 and older, to examine how they climbed in and out of […]

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Dental Health Connected With Your Overall Health

Experts indicate that sensory, cognitive and physiological aging can lead to complications with your dental health. It is important to make regular visits to your dentist to get cleanings and checkups, as there is a strong connection between your dental health and your overall health. Good Oral Care Habits that Can Support Your Health: Proper […]

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The Extensive Benefits of Art Therapy for the Elderly

It has been said that art has a therapeutic component for all kinds of people, whether the person creating the art is expressing emotions through the actual thing they are drawing or painting, or the person is alleviating anxiety through the actual motions and strokes of the brush or pencil. The benefits of art therapy […]

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Yoga Practice Benefits for Aging Adults with Arthritis

Yoga has become one of the most popular physical and mental fitness activities in the United States, with a reported 20 million + Americans participating in the practice. More and more aging persons are taking to the mat and getting involved in yoga classes offered within their communities. Medical research reports indicate that yoga helps […]

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Home Remedies to Ease Aches and Pains for Seniors

Aches and pains inevitably increase over time as our bodies age and the management of those every day aches and pains becomes more of a challenge for many people. Studies indicate over 10 percent of adults report they experience some type of pain on a daily basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports […]

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Continued Mobility and Retraining the Brain

Decreased mobility due to aging is reversible. Studies show that we typically lose 8 percent or more muscle mass every ten years after the age of 40, and muscle mass gives you strength, which is important when it comes to mobility. Many specialists have made it the focus of their careers to study the benefits […]

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Three Activities to Help Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s is one of life’s most devastating diseases. It’s estimated that just over 5.4 million Americans suffer in some way from Alzheimer’s, which involves a steady degradation of a person’s physical and mental capacity. There is no cure, and treatment can’t stop or reverse the disease. All caregivers can do is work to keep the […]

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Flu Season Is Coming – Are You Ready?

Say no way to the flu! Don’t catch it-Don’t spread it! We have all felt it! It starts with a twitch, then perhaps a prickle which now turned in to an itch. Achoo!  Or you hear them, the coughers, and the sneezers and blowers. As we are aware, avoiding the flu is not a small […]

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