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Divorced Seniors – Finding a New Life in the Golden Years

The life of divorced seniors is not unlike the life of many divorced people in today’s world. However, they are often left dealing with not only the typical issues of divorce but also facing being alone while aging and facing health issues. Susan L. Brown, PhD, a professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University

Could Alzheimer’s and Decreased Sense of Smell Be Linked?

Alzheimer’s has long been associated with decreased sense of smell or olfactory senses. But should the decreased sense of smell be used as part of diagnosing Alzheimer’s or dementia, especially with early onset? We’re finding more and more confirmation that this is ONE of the symptoms we can use to determine if someone is in

The Importance of Senior Hygiene

Senior Hygiene – Showering You may be creating a battle with your loved one over the wrong things. Here are some areas that are often cause for battle between a full-time family caregiver and a senior loved one. The reason can be anything from simple age to dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Senior Hygiene Shower/Bath

Could Cognitive Impairment be Heart Related?

New research may help us to understand the connection between heart health and brain health. In a study conducted at the University of Texas, they looked at 2,000 adults with plaque build-up in their arteries. While this plaque build-up was a precursor to obvious heart health issues, they were surprised to find that there is

How Seniors Can Cope with COPD

COPD Can Wear Seniors Down COPD wears down more than just the lungs. Because of your lack of oxygen intake, your body and brain can become depleted and worn. It is a debilitating disease that can take away your quality of life, but there are ways you can take that quality of life back by learning how

Alzheimer’s Disease and Violent Behavior

One of the major challenges in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease can be coping with the personality changes that often occur, and these changes can include aggression and violence.  Alzheimer’s aggression most often flares up during the later stages of the disease, many times for no apparent reason. This behavior can include

For Better Or Worse: Caring For A Spouse With Dementia

In my early years of being in home care, I received a phone call from an elderly man looking for help with his wife, who had moderate to severe dementia.  He explained to me that he owns a cattle farm, which requires a lot of his attention, but his wife’s condition was demanding so much

Hospice:  Not Such A Dark and Scary Word Anymore

When I was young, my first experience with someone who was terminally ill was when my Uncle Freddy was dying of cancer.  My once fun-loving, jolly, Santa-Clause-playing, overweight, carefree Godfather was now lying in a hospital bed in the front room of my parents’ house, withering away to nothing. He was my father’s older brother,

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

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