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The Importance of Good Nutrition for Older Adults

By |2022-01-20T23:42:44-05:00January 18th, 2022|Aging at Home|

The Importance of Good Nutrition for Older Adults One of the top concerns for family members is ensuring proper nutrition for the older adults they love. If you’re unsure whether an older adult you know is getting the nutrients he or she needs to stay strong, healthy and well, this quick checklist can help uncover potential red flags: Is the older adult you know experiencing a loss of appetite, difficulties with digesting food, or problems with chewing/swallowing? Has there been a decrease in the amount of food being eaten over the past several months as a result? Has the older adult [...]

Living Longer with Purpose – The Connection Between the Two

By |2021-10-01T12:49:04-04:00October 26th, 2021|Aging at Home, Family Caregivers, Quality of Life, Senior Health, Senior Issues|

What inspires you to get up out of bed every day? The answer is different for every one of us, of course, however, there is one commonality: it may help you with living a longer life. Research is showing us that having a sense of purpose is an integral factor in longevity, something shown in Japan – the country with the highest life expectancy on earth. Remarkably, there is no word for our definition of “retirement” in the Japanese language. Instead, there is a concentration on maintaining purpose and meaning beyond a person’s working years and defining themselves according to their [...]

Alzheimer’s and Sleep Problems: How to Help

By |2021-10-01T12:39:03-04:00October 8th, 2021|Aging at Home, Alzheimer's, Dementia Care, Senior Health, Senior Mental Health, Sleep Disorders|

If it feels like a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s and sleep problems has totally rewritten the rules on how and when to sleep, you are not dreaming. For reasons that are not yet completely understood, many people with dementia experience changes to their circadian rhythm, leading to drowsy days and sleepless nights.  The advancement of the disease is one contributing factor. Damage to brain cells causes increased weakness, making daily tasks and activities exhausting. Medication side effects from regularly-prescribed dementia treatments can further exacerbate the problem.  Why a Good Night’s Sleep Is Crucial for a Senior with Dementia Decreased sleep [...]

The Emotion You May Not Have Expected in Caring for Aging Parents

By |2021-08-31T14:44:28-04:00September 1st, 2021|Aging at Home, Caregiver Wellness, Family Caregivers|

Caring for aging parents brings about a variety of emotions. If you were to name the top 5 emotions you experience while caring for aging parents, what would they be? Maybe you would first think of emotions like love, compassion, and sometimes, even stress or frustration. Would anger make the list? In many cases, though family caregivers may not wish to disclose it, the answer is a definite YES. The truth is that lots of adult children grapple with the reality that their parents are getting older. Growing up, our parents might have exuded strength, health, and control, giving us an underlying [...]

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