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Vision Changes Seniors Shouldn’t Ignore

Vision Changes Seniors Shouldn’t Ignore

Vision changes shouldn’t be ignored at any age, but especially if you are an older adult. That’s because the risk for eye disease increases as we age. Identifying small changes before they become big ones is essential for early intervention and treatment. Here’s what...

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Does Social Media Add to Caregiver Stress?

Does Social Media Add to Caregiver Stress?

Many people are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic by connecting with others on social media and spending more time online. While it’s a safe way to stay in touch with loved ones when you are trying to avoid large gatherings, there can be downsides. Social media...

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Holiday Respite Services Help Busy Family Caregivers

Holiday Respite Services Help Busy Family Caregivers

The holidays are a hectic time of year for everyone, especially family caregivers. For some, the season’s festivities include traveling to a loved one’s house many miles away to celebrate. For others, it means hosting a gathering. When you are the primary caregiver...

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Helping a Parent Cope with Loss

Helping a Parent Cope with Loss

Dear Donna: My dad passed away earlier this year and my mom is struggling. They were married almost 60 years, and she is having a difficult time coping with this loss. I don’t know what to do to help her. She is just lost without him. I believe part of the challenge...

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Winter Fitness Activities for Seniors

Winter Fitness Activities for Seniors

Winter can be a challenging time for seniors to engage in fitness activities. While most areas have parks where you can walk or ride a bike, they can be frigid and icy when the mercury drops. Driving to a fitness club when road conditions are poor can also be more of...

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Is It Safe to Leave Town While a Loved One Is in Respite?

Is It Safe to Leave Town While a Loved One Is in Respite?

Dear Donna: My father moved in with my husband and me due to concerns about his poor nutrition and weight loss. While his health has improved, he’s still unsteady on his feet. He’s just not safe alone. We have an out-of-town wedding coming up that we would love to...

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How to Help a Parent with Medicare Open Enrollment

How to Help a Parent with Medicare Open Enrollment

Dear Donna: My mother asked me to help her navigate the Medicare Open Enrollment period this year, which I am happy to do. The problem is I don’t know much about Medicare. I’m not yet eligible for the benefit, so I’m not sure where to start. Can you offer any...

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Do You Really Need a Flu Shot Every Year?

Do You Really Need a Flu Shot Every Year?

While the spotlight continues to focus on COVID-19 and new variants, it’s important not to forget that flu season is upon us. A question that comes up every flu season is whether you need an influenza vaccine (flu shot) every year. Some people believe it isn’t really...

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Why Consider Memory Care for a Senior with Dementia

Why Consider Memory Care for a Senior with Dementia

Dear Donna: I have been my uncle’s guardian for over a year now. He has Alzheimer’s disease and was starting to make some serious financial missteps. His electricity was turned off for failure to pay, but he also had significant credit with the gas company for...

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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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