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How to Find a Virtual Volunteer Project

How to Find a Virtual Volunteer Project

Dear Donna: My mom has always been very social. After my father passed away three years ago, she struggled without him. Just when she was getting back on her feet, the COVID-19 pandemic occurred. Since then, she has been forced to remain mostly isolated. While she...

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How Is Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosed?

How Is Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosed?

When you notice changes in an aging parent’s memory, you might worry it is Alzheimer’s. For many people, it’s the only symptom they are familiar with. Others, such as a change in disposition or problems managing finances, can be red flags, too. But each of these can...

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The Essential Role Vitamin D Plays in Aging

The Essential Role Vitamin D Plays in Aging

After a long, cold winter, many people find themselves suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. We may see a significant increase in vitamin D deficiency this spring due to the months of quarantining at home because of COVID-19. That’s because a lack of exposure to...

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Does My Dad Need a New Doctor?

Does My Dad Need a New Doctor?

Dear Donna: My 84-year-old father is starting to develop a few health issues. Nothing serious, but concerning enough that we’ve been spending more time at the doctor. While his physician is cordial, he always seems hurried. My dad doesn’t talk about his medical...

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How Do I Keep My Dad Safe When Driving?

How Do I Keep My Dad Safe When Driving?

Dear Donna: My 85-year-old dad is very independent. While I understand his age shouldn’t be the sole criteria in determining his health and well-being, one area I am concerned about is driving. How can I tell if my dad is a safe driver? Are there steps I can take to...

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Finding Balance When You Are an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Finding Balance When You Are an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Caring for a senior who has Alzheimer’s disease can be rewarding. The hands-on role allows you to make a meaningful difference and provide emotional support. Taking your loved one to physician appointments, managing medications, and preparing meals help you feel...

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Is Social Media Bad for My Health?

Is Social Media Bad for My Health?

Dear Donna: I am a retiree living alone since my husband passed two years ago. Because I don’t drive much in the winter, I’m sticking close to home. The coronavirus is another reason. My grandson helped me sign up for Facebook last spring and I’ve been using it a lot...

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5 Tips for Beating the Caregiver Blues This Winter

5 Tips for Beating the Caregiver Blues This Winter

Winter can be a tough time of year for family caregivers, particularly those in colder climates like Michigan and Indiana. Cold, snowy days make it difficult to leave home. When you factor in the added worries associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, a caregiver might...

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What to Do When Aging Parents Resist Help

What to Do When Aging Parents Resist Help

Dear Donna: My dad recently experienced a serious fall that caused him to be hospitalized for several days. Because of the coronavirus, my parents have been isolated in their northern Michigan home for months. While I bring food and supplies to them, we’ve been...

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The Importance of Exercise for Adults with Dementia

The Importance of Exercise for Adults with Dementia

Exercise is essential at every stage in life. While the amount and type of fitness activities you engage in might need to be modified as you grow older, exercising has many benefits. Those include helping people maintain a healthy weight, reducing anxiety, promoting...

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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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