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Overcoming Dysphagia Challenges with Home Health Care

On a hot summer day, there is nothing more satisfying than a tall, cold drink; however, for a person with dysphagia, this simple pleasure can be dangerous. Dysphagia – or difficulty with swallowing – impacts millions of seniors, because of weakened mouth and/or throat muscles. Read More
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Tips for Communicating About Your COPD

It began with your inner circle, those closest to you, and has gradually been spreading outward to friends and acquaintances. Sharing your COPD diagnosis and knowing how to answer the various questions that arise about it could be uncomfortable – for you, and also for those you’re speaking with as well. Read More

The Benefits of Recovering at Home After Heart Surgery

Each and every day, thousands of heart surgeries take place throughout the U.S. From open heart surgery to valve repair, there are a variety of procedures available to help people preserve an engaged lifestyle in spite of a cardiac event.  Read More

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Senior Medications and Hospitalizations

The facts are astonishing: recent research conducted by the Annals of Family Medicine unveiled that a typical primary care physician has a “panel” of as many as 2,000 patients – those who are currently under their care. Read More

Top Tips for Making the Most of Doctor Appointments

We’ve all walked into the doctor’s office and felt overwhelmed at the mass of patients also waiting to be seen, wondering how long it would be before it was our turn, and just how much quality time we might be able to have with the medical professional once we were seen. Read More
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Reducing Stress for Better Diabetes Management

From sunrise to sunset, a day in the life of those with diabetes is bombarded with a variety of requirements to manage the disease. Between medicines, insulin injections, checking blood sugar levels, physical exercise, and handling nutritional requirements, it’s easy for diabetics to become overwhelmed. Read More
depression in senior loved ones

How to Spot Depression in Senior Loved Ones

Most people go through periods of time when they simply want to be isolated for a while with their thoughts, to think through concerns in their lives without any distractions, or simply to experience some downtime. Read More
depression and dementia

Differences and Similarities Between Depression and Dementia

A visit with mom recently uncovered several unsettling signs. Even though she’s always been awake and out of bed by 8 a.m., now it’s difficult to wake her before lunchtime. Rather than preparing an elaborate home-cooked meal, she prefers to merely warm up a can of soup; and can barely finish a small bowlful. Read More
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Understanding the Dangers of Sleep Medications for Seniors

There’s just nothing that compares with the feeling of waking up after a good night’s sleep, feeling energized and ready to face the day. Yet for many seniors – as many as one in three of them – getting enough sleep is something that only happens in their dreams. Read More
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The Hidden Hazards of Pill Organizers

On average, older adults take as many as 15-18 different prescriptions each and every day, so it’s no surprise that so many seniors wind up missing doses or taking incorrect doses of their meds. Read More