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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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Insomnia and Aging: How to Get a Good Night’s Rest

Insomnia and Aging: How to Get a Good Night’s Rest

Dear Donna: Since I retired a few years ago, I’ve developed insomnia. While I know many people have difficulty sleeping well as they get older, it’s new for me. I’ve read sleep issues can contribute to health problems, so I know I need to beat this. Do you have any...

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How Is Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosed?

How Is Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosed?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average age in this country has climbed by 3.4 years since 2000. As our population grows older, it only stands to reason that age-related medical issues are on the rise, too. One is Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of...

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Living a Purpose-Filled Life during Retirement

Living a Purpose-Filled Life during Retirement

A happy, thriving retirement is something people dream about for many years. We envision days filled with activities of our own choosing, such as sleeping in, traveling, and reconnecting with favorite hobbies from the past. But what happens a few months after you...

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Recognizing the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Recognizing the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Dear Donna: I have an elderly neighbor that we’ve lived next to for over twenty years. She doesn’t have any family left and seems to have outlived most of her friends. My children think of her as a bonus grandmother, and we are all very attached to her. My husband and...

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Protecting Senior Skin during Harsh Winter Weather

Protecting Senior Skin during Harsh Winter Weather

Winter weather can do more than make your teeth chatter. Windy days and freezing temperatures can also be tough on the skin, especially for seniors. Older adults are prone to age-related skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis. Both can leave skin feeling itchy...

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Holiday Fire Safety Tips for Older Adults

Holiday Fire Safety Tips for Older Adults

The holidays are an eagerly anticipated time of the year in most families. People often decorate their homes with twinkling lights, freshly cut evergreen trees, and brightly colored ornaments. It provides a warm welcome to friends and loved ones throughout the season....

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How to Beat Caregiver Depression during the Holidays

How to Beat Caregiver Depression during the Holidays

Dear Donna: My mom has been my dad’s primary caregiver for almost three years now. Winter is a tough time for her. My dad has mobility issues that make it difficult for him to get around, especially during bad weather. Even though I visit often, they are fairly...

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Coping with a Sense of Loss When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s

Coping with a Sense of Loss When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s

Dear Donna: My dad and I have been my mom’s primary caregivers since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over three years ago. None of us were familiar with the disease or the unique challenges it would present. It’s been a real learning curve. My dad and I are...

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