Avoid Hospital Readmissions by Avoiding Dehydration in Seniors

Do you realize…nearly half of all seniors are chronically under-hydrated, based on a recent study conducted at UCLA? Not only that, but older adults over age 65 account for the highest group of hospital admissions because of dehydration. Read More
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Medical Communication Tips for People Taking Care of Elderly Parents

Of all of the many responsibilities a family caregiver encounters when taking care of elderly parents, one of the most difficult is managing health problems. The National Council on Aging reports that almost ¾ of all seniors are identified as having a minimum of two chronic diseases, and they are seeing on average four healthcare specialists. Read More

Meaningful Activities for Older Adults that Promote Purpose and Value

Look online for “activities for older adults” and you’ll probably find a mixture of games, crafts, memory-stimulating puzzles, and of course, the requisite bingo. What you won’t find, unless you really search much deeper, are the purposeful, philanthropic activities that bring meaning to our lives. Read More

Tips to Increase Self-Esteem in the Elderly

“Wait a minute; I’ll help you with that.” “Take it easy and don’t overdo it!” “I’ll handle that; you just sit and rest.” How often have we made statements like these to older adults, with only the best intentions, naturally? Read More
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7 Great Fall Prevention Exercises for Seniors

The CDC shares that as many as one in three seniors fall each year, and surprisingly, less than half of them tell their doctors about those falls. When a senior experiences a fall, even if it does not cause serious injury, he or she can begin to fear falling, leading to reduced involvement in activities, decreased mobility and physical fitness, and eventually, an increased risk of another fall. Read More
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Reduce Senior Fall Risk with These Recommendations

Falling can be painful, but for seniors, the results can be devastating, including hip fractures, which can result in a broad range of health concerns. As many as 25% of all older adults who experience a fractured hip lose their lives within six months of the injury. Read More
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Common Causes of Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults

Incontinence, or a loss of bladder control, is a disturbing and delicate issue, especially for seniors. It can trigger a number of problems, from skin sores to social reclusiveness for individuals who are afraid to leave the house in case of an “accident.” Read More
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Urinary Incontinence in Seniors: Facts and Myths

Urinary incontinence is often an upsetting subject for those who are experiencing it. The preconception behind the affliction often contributes to individuals having either a lack of facts or a belief in some common misconceptions about incontinence. Read More
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Advance Directives Provide Peace of Mind

Our lives are unpredictable. And though an advance health care directive can be something we want to put off, thinking about end-of-life decisions today can help provide peace of mind that your values and preferences about your medical care will be heard in the future. Read More
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Learn How Palliative Care Helps Improve Quality of Life

What is the first thing that comes to the front of your mind when you hear the phrase “palliative care?” For many people, it’s associated with hospice care. The actual goal of palliative care, though, is to give relief from difficulties like pain, vomiting and nausea that are caused by either a medical condition or from the treatment for that ailment. Read More