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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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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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