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How Can I Convince My Siblings to Help with Caregiving?

How Can I Convince My Siblings to Help with Caregiving?

Dear Donna: My mom has lived alone in an older house since my dad passed away almost three years ago. Her home is in a rural area of Michigan without any close neighbors. My brother, sister, and I all live about 20 minutes away from her. Over the last two years, my...

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Medication Management Tips and Tools for Caregivers

Medication Management Tips and Tools for Caregivers

Sticking to a medication schedule or keeping a loved one on track can be tough, especially when you are the caregiver for a senior who doesn’t live with you. Because older adults often take multiple medicines each day, it’s easy to see how mistakes happen. Researchers...

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Does Regular Exercise Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

Does Regular Exercise Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

Dear Donna: My mother recently passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. It was such a tough period for her and everyone who loved her. She lived with my husband and me for 3 years before she moved to one of the wonderful Heritage dementia care...

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Is It Time for Assisted Living?

Is It Time for Assisted Living?

Dear Donna: My 91-year-old great-aunt lives nearby. She has outlived her husband and her daughter. While she seems very spry for her age, I do worry about her living alone. My wife and I convinced her to give up driving several years ago after she experienced a few...

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Creating Engaging Activities for a Senior with Dementia

Creating Engaging Activities for a Senior with Dementia

Being the family caregiver for a spouse or parent who has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can present many new challenges. From safety and security to quality of life, loved ones often struggle for solutions. One is figuring out how to help the older adult live their...

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Natural Ways to Beat the Caregiver Blues

Natural Ways to Beat the Caregiver Blues

Caregiving for a senior loved one can come with many rewards. It may give family members who’ve drifted apart the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce. There’s also the warm feeling that comes from lending support to someone who cared for and nurtured you. But there...

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Are Assisted Living Expenses Tax Deductible?

Are Assisted Living Expenses Tax Deductible?

Dear Donna: My husband and I have been helping my mom finance home care for a few years now. Over the holidays, we decided that moving to an assisted living community might give her a better quality of life. Because we live almost two hours away from her, we can’t...

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Lifelong Learning and Healthy Aging

Lifelong Learning and Healthy Aging

Most people associate fitness with physical activity. We visualize people walking, cycling, swimming, weight lifting, or performing aerobics. While that’s a vital part of healthy aging, another type of fitness is important, too. That is giving your brain a daily...

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Does Your Diet Need a Heart-Smart Makeover?

Does Your Diet Need a Heart-Smart Makeover?

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide. The statistics are startling. Research shows that 1 in 4 deaths are linked to heart disease. Heart health experts say it doesn’t have to be this way. Many of the risk factors...

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How Is Assisted Living Different from Home Care?

How Is Assisted Living Different from Home Care?

Dear Donna: My parents both turned 80 this year and still live independently in their own home. Recently, I’ve noticed signs that have me wondering if we’ll need to make a change soon. Their house isn’t quite as clean and cared for as it’s always been, and even my...

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What Is Parkinson’s Dementia?

What Is Parkinson’s Dementia?

Dear Donna: A dear friend and colleague I’ve worked with for many years is the caregiver for her husband, who has Parkinson’s disease. For a long time, she was able to manage his care at home with help from their teenaged children. Several months ago, however, they...

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