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The Health Benefits of Journaling When You Are a Senior

The Health Benefits of Journaling When You Are a Senior

As we close the book on the tumultuous year that was 2020, many people continue to experience a great deal of stress. While the COVID-19 pandemic persists, there are a variety of reasons to feel anxious. Uncertainty about a vaccine, worries about exposure, and...

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Are There Senior Care Benefits for Veterans?

Are There Senior Care Benefits for Veterans?

Dear Donna: My great uncle lives alone in northern Michigan. Since his wife passed away, he’s been getting increasingly isolated. While I visit as often as possible, my home is almost three hours away. He’s finally decided he would be better off in a senior living...

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What to Ask on a First Call to an Assisted Living Community

What to Ask on a First Call to an Assisted Living Community

Dear Donna: After visiting my mother in Michigan for Christmas, I realized she’s no longer safe living alone. While she is a little reluctant to move, she agreed that she may be happier in an assisted living community. We decided that I would do some research online...

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Healthy Finger Foods for Seniors with Dementia

Healthy Finger Foods for Seniors with Dementia

A common challenge Alzheimer’s caregivers face is getting their loved one to eat. Alzheimer’s can lead to an unhealthy amount of weight loss. There are steps you can take to make mealtimes go a little smoother. Creating a calm, distraction-free environment is one. So...

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6 Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress

6 Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress

2020 has been quite a year! From political drama to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are a nation struggling to manage stress. News reports show negative behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse, are on the rise. When you are caring for a loved one with declining health,...

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Managing Diabetes during the Holidays

Managing Diabetes during the Holidays

The holidays can be tough if you have type 2 diabetes. Sticking to a well-balanced diet isn’t easy when tasty treats abound. Some people find it difficult to get enough physical activity when the weather or COVID-19 concerns keep them stuck inside. However, diet and...

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How Do I Talk to My Husband about Giving Up Driving?

How Do I Talk to My Husband about Giving Up Driving?

Dear Donna: My husband has been our only driver since my battle with colon cancer two years ago. However, I need suggestions for talking to him about hanging up his car keys for good too. I’ve seen plenty of news stories about older drivers who harm themselves or...

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Where Can I Learn More about Alzheimer’s?

Where Can I Learn More about Alzheimer’s?

Dear Donna: My grandparents live about six hours away from me. We’ve suspected my grandfather was having health issues, but never imagined it would be Alzheimer’s. While relatives visit them almost every month, we never noticed signs of Alzheimer’s. A few weeks ago,...

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Creating a Winter Safety Plan for a Senior Loved One

Creating a Winter Safety Plan for a Senior Loved One

Winter can be a beautiful time of year in Michigan and Indiana. Snowy days spent inside by the fire are serene and peaceful. However, ice and snow can cause difficulties, especially for older adults. Storms can knock out power. Icy roads might make it tough to get to...

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Fitness Trackers for Senior Walkers

Fitness Trackers for Senior Walkers

Health and wellness have been at the forefront of many conversations this year. As worries about the COVID-19 pandemic continue, older adults everywhere are wondering how to strengthen their immune system. In most cases, a well-balanced diet, exercise, and quality...

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How to Avoid Caregiver Depression This Holiday Season

How to Avoid Caregiver Depression This Holiday Season

Dear Donna: I am a full-time caregiver for my father, who has dementia. I took on the role several years ago, and it has become increasingly demanding. The holidays are especially tough. Because he can’t be left alone, I’m unable to attend any family gatherings. The...

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