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By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on March 2, 2020

Exercising on a regular basis is one of the best things seniors can do to preserve their health. While your aging loved one should be exercising around 150 minutes a week, he or she needs to take precautions to avoid injuries. At a certain age, recovering from a sprained ankle…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on February 17, 2020

Some older adults aren’t thrilled about aging, while others wholeheartedly embrace the changes that come with being in a later stage of life. Regardless of how your elderly loved one feels about getting older, he or she is sure to appreciate the ability to get certain things for free because…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on February 3, 2020

During the later stages of certain dementia-related conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, it often becomes difficult for individuals to express themselves. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean an aging loved one with dementia isn’t able to understand you in some way. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at how conditions…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 pm on January 20, 2020

Diabetes prevents the body from using glucose effectively. Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, helps the body use glucose for energy. In people with diabetes, the pancreas produces little or no insulin or the body is insulin resistant. Children and young adults may develop type 1 diabetes, which occurs…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on January 6, 2020

According to a Pew Research survey, more than 60 percent of seniors prefer to stay at home as opposed to going to a nursing home when extra care is needed. What’s known as aging in place can provide peace of mind for your senior loved one, along with some much-appreciated…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on December 16, 2019

A bad decision could turn into a chronic habit and damage a senior’s quality of life. Family caregivers should monitor their aging loved ones’ bad choices and develop positive management strategies. Below are some of the unhealthiest habits many older adults need to break. 1. Eating Heavily at Night Eating…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on December 2, 2019

Lewy body dementia is one of the most progressive types of dementia diagnosed in seniors. The development of Lewy bodies, which are abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the brain, leads to nerve cell damage that results in problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood. Below are some…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on November 18, 2019

In addition to impairing memory, dementia can also cause behavioral problems, such as aggression, screaming, excessive crying, and wandering. If these behaviors aren’t effectively interrupted, your senior loved one may become a danger to him or herself and others. Here are some techniques for distracting seniors with dementia so they…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on November 4, 2019

According to a 2019 America’s Health Rankings analysis of hospital readmissions, nearly 15 percent of all hospital readmissions involve seniors 65 and older who receive Medicare. What’s more alarming is that nearly 50 percent of these readmissions are considered preventable. Below are more 2019 statistics about hospital admissions that could…

By Kathy Herrfeldt, 9:00 am on October 21, 2019

When planning activities for an aging loved one with dementia, you’ll need to consider a few things. If the activity isn’t planned well, an enjoyable outing may turn into a negative experience for both you and your loved one. To ensure enjoyable outings, consider the following activity-planning tips. Monitor Mood…