Flu Season Can Hit Seniors Hard While the flu can get anyone down, older adults may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of these viruses, which could turn deadly fast. If you’re a senior or a caregiver to an older loved one, be sure you’re doing all you can to protect against the flu. Q. [...]
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Assistance Can Keep Seniors at Home; Assessment May Help Older adults who begin to show signs that they need help around the house don’t necessarily need to think about leaving. Assistance can help keep seniors home longer than they otherwise could without help. Q. My 77-year-old mother’s house is often in disarray when I visit. [...]
Handyman Help Available: Here’s Where Seniors who live alone, especially widows, can find that their homes become more difficult to manage as they age. That’s why family caregivers who can’t be there to help should assist their loved ones in finding the resources to take care of those home improvements that can keep them safe [...]
Seniors in Transition Will Benefit From a Little Extra Help Q. My 82-year-old mother-in-law still lives alone and does quite well. However she really needs some help with her house and errands. She once owned a business and is still so independent. She loves company, but gets really upset when we family members try to [...]
Fitness Beats Body Weight in Battle to Reduce Death Risks for Older Men Q. Uncle Bruce is 81, lives alone and is a little bit on the pudgy side. But he walks fairly often, about a mile when he can find a neighbor or relative to go with him, and says he feels good for [...]
Diabetes Drugs, Blood Thinners Are Leading Cause of Adverse Medication Events Q. I am 77 years old and just got out of the hospital after suffering some unexpected bleeding. The doctors said it was caused by my blood-thinning medication, which they say needs to be monitored more frequently now because of my age. I’m a [...]
Low Vitamin C Levels May Increase Risk for Heart Patients Q. My 71-year-old father recently suffered his second heart attack in the past six years. The doctor told him to consume more food that is high in vitamin C. I can’t monitor his meals every day – and besides, what does vitamin C have to [...]
Researchers Say Arm Swing Can Be Early Sign of Parkinson’s Disease Q. My sister and I are worried that my 75-year-old father might have to deal with Parkinson’s disease because both of his older brothers developed it before they reached 80. Since we live in another city and he lives alone, I’m not sure that [...]
GPS Technology Helping Seniors with Alzheimer’s New technology, such as a tracking device, can locate a senior loved one who might wander off. The i-tag-along GPS features live monitoring, can be programmed for boundaries and has an SOS call function. Companionship is another way to help keep safe those who suffer the effects of Alzheimer’s [...]
A Senior Is Committed to Keeping Memories in the Forefront This is something to remember: Mental and physical exercises, healthy choices and routine lists are ways to overcome forgetful tendencies. And additional companionship could help. Q. I’m an 80-year-old who still loves to socialize but find myself forgetting names and other details, like appointments, which [...]