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Caregiver Meal Planning: Hearty, Healthy Soups for Fall

Caregiver Meal Planning: Hearty, Healthy Soups for Fall

Finding the time for nutritious meal planning and preparation can be tough when you are a busy caregiver. Family caregivers who are caring for a senior loved one are notorious for skipping meals or grabbing something fast at a drive-thru. Good nutrition is essential...

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Respite Care as an Assisted Living Trial

Respite Care as an Assisted Living Trial

Dear Donna: We are hoping to move my mom to an assisted living community in Michigan this fall. Our goal is to find a place and get her settled before the weather is too bad. She has lived alone since my father passed away, and the last few winters have been...

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Leading Reasons Seniors Experience a Fall

Leading Reasons Seniors Experience a Fall

Dear Donna: My mom had a bad fall at home a few days ago. While no serious harm was done, she is pretty bruised and sore. Her fall caught us off guard as it’s never happened before. I scheduled a physical with her primary care physician but want to be proactive in...

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How to Protect Lung Health as You Age

How to Protect Lung Health as You Age

Much of the focus on successful aging is placed on a heart-smart lifestyle. Because heart disease claims almost 655,000 lives in the United States each year, it’s easy to understand why. But your heart isn’t the only organ that needs special attention as you grow...

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Beyond COVID-19: The Vaccines Seniors Might Need

Beyond COVID-19: The Vaccines Seniors Might Need

The coronavirus has generated a great deal of attention about vaccines over the last year and a half. Everything from the way clinical trials operate to how research is funded has been highlighted again and again in the media. Vaccines to prevent COVID-19 came to...

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GPS Tech Products for Adults with Alzheimer’s

GPS Tech Products for Adults with Alzheimer’s

Dear Donna: My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about ten months ago. We lived several hours apart, so he recently moved in with me and my family. We felt it was the best way to keep him healthy and safe. While we are learning more about the disease...

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Tips for Helping a Senior Hire a Contractor

Tips for Helping a Senior Hire a Contractor

While employing a contractor can feel risky at any age, it can be especially hard for a senior to hire a contractor. Because there is a perception that they are easy to scam, it’s important for loved ones to be especially careful of who is hired and vigilant...

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How Respite Allows Caregivers to Take a Vacation

How Respite Allows Caregivers to Take a Vacation

June, July, and August are traditionally busy vacation months for families because the kids are out of school. From road trips to visits to faraway grandparents and beach getaways, it’s something everyone looks forward to all year. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Outdoor Activities to Enjoy with the Grandkids

Outdoor Activities to Enjoy with the Grandkids

Dear Donna: I’m planning a summer gathering for several generations of our family at our Michigan home. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we haven’t spent time together in over a year. While things are improving, we are still being cautious. I thought it might be best...

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Activities to Engage a Senior with Alzheimer’s

Activities to Engage a Senior with Alzheimer’s

When a senior loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can be tough to keep them busy in meaningful ways. But it’s important to be persistent and keep trying. That’s because engaging in productive activities boosts self-esteem. Adults with...

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Brain Health and Diet: What Is the Link?

Brain Health and Diet: What Is the Link?

Since nutrition plays an essential role in overall wellness, it stands to reason that food choices may impact brain health, too. Researchers believe a cleaner, healthier diet may help brain health by warding off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia....

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