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How to Help a Senior Winterize Their Car

How to Help a Senior Winterize Their Car

Winter is nearly here again for those of us in Michigan and Indiana. When it arrives, ice, snow, and frigid temperatures can be tough on a vehicle. Yet, winterizing the car is sometimes overlooked. Even if your senior loved one doesn’t drive much anymore, it’s still...

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Normal Aging or Dementia: How to Tell the Difference

Normal Aging or Dementia: How to Tell the Difference

Dear Donna: I’ve been caregiving for my parents for several years now. They still live in their own home and I visit multiple times each week. Lately, I’ve noticed some changes in my dad. He’ll be 84 in April, so I understand he’s getting older. But I’m concerned...

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How Does Medicare Part A Differ from Part B?

How Does Medicare Part A Differ from Part B?

Medicare is the nationwide insurance program for individuals who have qualifying disabilities and seniors. For many of the over 61,000 people who participate in Medicare and their loved ones, the benefit remains confusing. The program has several parts ranging from A...

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How to Make the Most Out of a Virtual Doctor’s Appointment

How to Make the Most Out of a Virtual Doctor’s Appointment

Getting to and from physician appointments can be tough for seniors who have given up or limited their driving, especially those who reside in rural areas that lack public transportation. If adult children live far away or work during the day, the situation can be...

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Cybersecurity: How to Keep a Senior Safe Online

Cybersecurity: How to Keep a Senior Safe Online

If you think the incidences of hacking and online scams are on the rise, you are correct. Experts project cybercrimes will cost the world an estimated $10.5 trillion a year by 2025. But it’s not just big corporations and small businesses that are being targeted. From...

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Tips for Helping a Loved One Who Is an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Tips for Helping a Loved One Who Is an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Dear Donna: My mom has been caring for her older sister who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s almost 3 years ago. My aunt’s disease makes this a very challenging role for my 78-year-old mother. She’s been living mostly with her sister for the past year while my husband...

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What to Know about the Risk Factors for Heart Disease

What to Know about the Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four deaths in this country is linked to a cardiovascular-related condition. While some problems are due to genetic risk...

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Why Muscle Mass Is Important to Successful Aging

Why Muscle Mass Is Important to Successful Aging

Exercise has long been promoted as a necessity for living a long and healthy life. While many of us associate that with aerobic-style fitness programs, building and maintaining muscles is vital, too. Age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, accelerates in your...

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Assisted Living or Home Care: What Are the Differences?

Assisted Living or Home Care: What Are the Differences?

Dear Donna: My dad was the primary caregiver for my mom the last few years until she passed away from cancer. Because our attention was so focused on Mom, we didn’t realize how much my dad’s own health had declined. Dad doesn’t have an illness like my mom did. He just...

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Where Can I Find a Doctor Who Is Good with Seniors?

Where Can I Find a Doctor Who Is Good with Seniors?

Dear Donna: My parents recently sold their home in another state and moved to Michigan to stay with my wife and me. The arrangement is temporary while we search for a senior living community for them. I’m trying to get them on track with their health care and...

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