Advance Directive and Peaceful Death for Dementia Patients

Planning and making end-of-life decisions is one of the most difficult challenges seniors and their loved ones face. Having an advance directive in place that clearly spells out an individual’s preferences at death, however, can make the process less ...

 
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Boomers and Seniors Waiting Longer for Grandparenthood

Many women these days are postponing becoming mothers well into their thirties. Some are focusing on career, others have concerns about starting a family in a shaky economy. The result? A generation of older parents and, subsequently, older grandparents.
 
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#ElderCareChat 4/2/14: Legal Issues in Eldercare

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 55 new and returning participants dialogued about legal issues in eldercare. Joining the conversation to add his expert insights was featured guest Howard Krooks of Elder Law Associates PA, Esq., CELA, CAP, and the President of ...

 
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New Blood Pressure Guidelines Stir Controversy

The magic numbers for a healthy target blood pressure (BP) reading used to be 120/80. In 2003, that was reviewed and changed by a panel of medical experts, with a higher range determined to be within normal limits. High blood pressure (hypertension) ...

 
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Why We Love the “Grandma Drummer”

I remember at age 16 coming home from a party to find my parents dancing the jitterbug in the kitchen. After getting over the shock of seeing such a weird phenomenon, it struck me that they were really good dancers. The ...

 
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Self-Confidence Shown to Reduce Stress in Older Adults

When people are feeling confident, it shows. You see it in their posture and how they move. What might be surprising, however, is a new study showing that elevating self-confidence can make older adults healthier.
 
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#ElderCareChat 3/19/14 Recap: Loneliness Among Seniors and Caregivers

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 60 new and returning participants dialogued about the issue of loneliness among seniors and caregivers. There were so many thought-provoking, hard-hitting, heart-tugging tweets shared in the hour (733 total, to be exact), affirming the relevance and importance ...

 
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Boomers Take Gap Year for Self-Discovery

There’s a lot of noteworthy activity in the month of March. The NCAA college basketball Final Four, St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s also the time of year when boomer parents and grandparents accompany their high school juniors ...

 
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Senate Bill Would Change Rule for Seniors’ Inpatient Status

Patients are often taken to a hospital and placed in “observation” status. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “observation services are short-term treatments and assessments provided to outpatients to determine whether beneficiaries require further treatment ...

 
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Does Daylight Savings Time Make You Cranky?

If, like me, you’re feeling tired, out of sorts, and craving unhealthy foods, maybe it’s some of the effects of adapting to the start of Daylight Savings Time (DST) last Sunday. Although I don’t like either the ...

 
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