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By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on July 31, 2020

Lingering depression in seniors isn’t a normal part of aging. Even so, clinical depression is considered common in older adults. In fact, the National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates later-life depression affects between 6–7 million adults 65 and older, but only 10 percent of seniors receive treatment for it. Here’s…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on July 17, 2020

Even when dementia isn’t part of the equation, seniors sometimes have a difficult time being as social as they were earlier in life. But if your older loved one is also living with Alzheimer’s disease or a similar progressive form of dementia, socializing is even more important. In fact, it’s…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on June 26, 2020

Aging is a natural part of life, and poor habits could impact your senior loved one’s physical and mental health. As a family caregiver, you need to help your loved one prepare for various bodily changes, including those that lead to chronic conditions. Below are tips to help your parent…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on June 12, 2020

Seniors are fortunate to be living in a time when they can visit with friends and family members without having to leave their homes. Socializing online is the perfect way to beat the risks associated with isolation for older adults who may need to stay at home for prolonged periods….

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on May 29, 2020

Older adults should maintain some form of physical activity to prevent cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, diabetes, and other health conditions. Regular exercise can reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, and it can also enhance cognitive health. 1. Basic Aerobic Exercises Aerobic activities can increase heart rate,…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on May 15, 2020

Inspiration is the antidote to caregiver burnout. When you take the time to inspire the family caregiver in your life, you provide the momentum he or she needs to keep going. It only takes a few words of praise or a thoughtful gesture to help a caregiver regain his or…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on April 24, 2020

The decision to begin providing your senior loved one with more care at home is one that should involve a serious discussion. If possible, your loved one should be included in the conversation along with any other people who help with his or her care. The need for overnight care…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on April 10, 2020

COVID-19, often called coronavirus, is a new viral disease that’s spreading rapidly around the globe. Coronavirus is especially problematic for seniors because the immune system gets weaker with age, so seniors are very susceptible to the pneumonia and breathing difficulties commonly associated with the virus. Those over the age of…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on March 27, 2020

Growing older often means a greater risk of experiencing certain vision problems, such as cataracts and age-related retina damage (macular degeneration). Typically, these changes have nothing to do with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and can affect any older adult. However, there are some vision issues specifically related to this condition. Five…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on March 13, 2020

When you think about aging, your first thought might be about how it makes someone feel physically. Older adults do tend to begin to experience more physical problems as they age, but they can also develop mental health changes that need to be addressed in their care plans. Understanding more…