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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…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on February 28, 2020

Recent research suggests the brain is capable of forming new connections and growing new cells well into the later years of life. There’s also plenty of research suggesting brain-related stimulation can contribute to a longer, healthier, happier, and more productive life. Here are some intellectual wellness tips you can recommend…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on February 14, 2020

If you’re caring for an older loved one, there are certain activities that will likely be on your to-do list every day. These are collectively referred to as activities of daily living (ADLs), which refers to commonly performed tasks involving older adults needing some level of care. Today, we’re going…

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

During the senior years, it may be tempting to become sedentary. Older adults may stop working out if they feel like their health no longer matters, or they may complain that exercising causes pain. However, exercise is important for staying healthy and strong. The following reasons may motivate your senior…

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

The physical body isn’t the only thing affected by age. The mind can be equally impacted during the later years of life. There isn’t a single most common mental disorder in elderly people, and stats can vary depending on the sources cited. That being said, depression and anxiety-related disorders tend…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on December 27, 2019

Although depression is common in older adults, it’s not simply a normal part of the aging process. Failing to prevent depression could increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, obesity, and other conditions that impact quality of life. With a proper care plan, understanding, and a little research, you can…

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on December 13, 2019

1. Eat Right Diet is a key factor in maintaining good health and overall wellbeing, not only for your loved one but for you as well. Caregivers may get into the habit of managing the stress they sometimes experience by turning to high-calorie comfort foods or sugary snacks. However, you’ll…