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The Effects of Alcohol On Older Adults

It’s not uncommon for older adults to occasionally enjoy a glass of wine, a shot of whiskey, or a glass of brandy by the fire.  Some retirement communities have daily happy hours, where the elderly residents can gather, socialize, and have fun.  But because of the increased effect that alcohol has on the elderly, older

Why Respite Care Is Important To The Family Caregiver

Taking care of an elderly family member can be both physically and emotionally draining on a caregiver.  If you ask a family caregiver, you will hear how hard it can be to care for a loved one full time.  According to the Center for Disease Control, caregivers pay a high price for their labors of

ABCDE:  Why It’s Important In Detecting Melanoma

Melanoma is a skin cancer that starts in a certain type of skin cell, called a melanocyte. Although they can occur anywhere on the skin, melanomas are more likely to start in certain locations. The trunk area is the most common site in men, and the legs are the most common site in women. The

Great Summer Activities for Seniors

It is very important to both the mental and physical well-being of the elderly to remain active and stimulated. Far too often, seniors tend to stay cooped up in the house, because they lack the means or the will to stay actively engaged in various life events.  Remaining isolated and not participating in various activities

Muhammad Ali’s Battle With Parkinson’s Disease

Here is an interesting article on Muhammad Ali’s struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, and it includes some great advice for caregivers from his wife, Lonnie.Click here to read this amazing story of love and strength Photo by Kris Krug  

Beware of Scams That Target the Elderly

I recently had a conversation with my elderly father about his prostate issues.  He called me to tell me that he just watched an infomercial hosted by former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, who was promoting the benefits of a “medicine” that helps to shrink the prostate.  My father told me he was going to buy

When It’s Time to Take Away the Car Keys

As we age, it is normal for our driving abilities to change, and factors such as decreased vision, impaired hearing, and slowed motor reflexes may become a problem.  The effects of aging can result in a reduction of strength, coordination, and flexibility, which can impact the ability of a senior citizen to safely control a

Depression in the Elderly

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans who are aged 65 or older are affected by depression.  Depression in the elderly is closely associated with feelings of dependency and disability, and can have a negative impact on both the individual, and the family.  Untreated depression in

Why Hire a Geriatric Care Manager?

Abigail sits by her father’s hospital bedside, thankful that he is finally asleep after a difficult night.  She brought him to the emergency room two days ago, finding him feverish and confused.  He was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, caused by an enlarging prostate.  His first round of IV antibiotics didn’t go well. He

Common Reasons Why Your Elderly Loved One Resists Home Care

If you have an elderly family member or friend who is resisting any type of in-home care, you are not alone. Most senior citizens prefer to stay living at home, but this can be a challenge for those who may have cognitive or physical issues.  You may recognize that your loved one needs assistance at