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5 Ways to Prevent Loneliness in Seniors

5 Ways to Prevent Loneliness in Seniors

Loneliness and isolation are more common as we grow older. A decreasing social circle, being out of the workforce, and mobility challenges are just a few contributing factors. Research is clear about the health risks linked to senior isolation. Some experts go as far...

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Using the Prompting Technique for Loved Ones with Dementia

Using the Prompting Technique for Loved Ones with Dementia

When a senior loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, their verbal communication skills are impacted. Because of this, it’s essential that families explore new ways of communicating. Some families find it useful to provide visual reminders....

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Benefits of Container Gardening for People with Dementia

Benefits of Container Gardening for People with Dementia

Dear Donna: A few years ago, my mom was diagnosed with dementia. As a family, we’ve been managing the disease fairly well so far. But I do feel like we need to find more meaningful activities for her to engage in. I hope to give her more productive ways to pass time....

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What to Know about Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

What to Know about Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The price of hearing aids has been a much-discussed challenge for years. In fact, the high cost of these devices has kept many older adults from making a purchase. The struggle it causes for couples and families isn’t always obvious. Partners may not be able to watch...

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Can Olfactory Enrichment Improve Memory Loss?

Can Olfactory Enrichment Improve Memory Loss?

Dear Donna: My mom was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. At this point, we are trying to learn more about the disease and if there is anything we can do to slow the progression. We are also trying to plan for her current and future care needs. It feels like...

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How to Make New Friends after Moving to a Senior Community

How to Make New Friends after Moving to a Senior Community

Dear Donna: I’m planning to relocate to a senior living community this summer. While I live in Florida now, my search is taking me to the Holland, Michigan, area to be closer to my daughter and her family. It will make it easier for us to be more involved in one...

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How Seniors Can Stay Safe Shopping Online

How Seniors Can Stay Safe Shopping Online

Online shopping has become a convenience many people rely on and take advantage of almost daily. It’s so easy to order whatever you need from the comfort of your sofa and have it all delivered right to your front porch. As more shopping malls and discount stores are...

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How Does Lifestyle Impact Heart Disease?

How Does Lifestyle Impact Heart Disease?

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Research shows one person in this country loses their life to a cardiac-related disease every 33 seconds. That translates to one in five people for an estimated 695,000 deaths each year. While...

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How to Include Protein in Your Breakfast Menus

How to Include Protein in Your Breakfast Menus

Diet can impact how much age-related muscle loss we will experience as we grow older. Poor choices can cause a host of problems, including a loss of strength that leads to balance problems and falls. But a healthy diet rich in fiber, fruits, vegetables, and protein...

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