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Monthly Archives: January 2017

5 Steps for Traveling Safely with a Senior

Traveling isn’t as easy as it used to be. Long lines at security, the need to remove shoes and belts and long walks through terminals can make it difficult for seniors to get away. Rapid changes in temperature and hours of waiting at different legs of the trip can take a toll on an aging person’s stamina. Continue reading

Know the Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Seniors

This is Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week and a good time to call attention to the issue of senior alcohol abuse. If your loved one is drinking too much or too frequently you may not know it. Alcohol abuse among older people is often overlooked because the signs and symptoms of it are either hidden or misdiagnosed. Continue reading

Four Easy Ways to Keep the Family Updated on Your Loved One’s Health

Being the primary caregiver for an elderly family member is complicated at best. There are medications and appointments to track, meals to plan, cognitive issues to address, and personal hygiene to attend to. Continue reading

How Sports Head Injuries Can Lead to Neurodegenerative Diseases

Last week we talked about a study out of Boston University School of Medicine that showed mild head injuries, including concussions, may be associated with developing Alzheimer’s disease. This week, we’d like to write about a related topic – the risk of developing neurogenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), ALS, and other forms of dementia – in professional athletes, especially those who play football and hockey. Continue reading

Three Ways to Improve Your Loved One’s Quality of Life

We believe that the answer to aging well is a holistic approach based on the lifestyle choices of the longest living and healthiest population on Earth- the elders of Okinawa. Scientists have been studying this group of seniors to see if we could learn from them and live longer, more productive lives ourselves. They have discovered several secrets to the longevity of these elders including healthy nutrition, maintaining an active mind and a sense of purpose. Continue reading

How to Prepare Comfort Foods Without All the Fat

Cold weather usually draws us to comfort foods that are hearty and rich. However, those rich ingredients aren’t necessarily healthy for seniors who may suffer from diabetes or heart disease and need to adhere to a low-fat diet. Continue reading

A Delicious Winter Soup Full of Nutrition

During cold weather hearty soups and stews are like a magnet – we are drawn to them for their comfort and warmth. They are nearly the perfect food for seniors who may not have a robust appetite. Soups and stews can be packed full of vegetables, beans and protein and versatile recipes mean that they can be adjusted to meet the nutritional and dietary needs of your senior. Continue reading

The Important Role of Calcium for Seniors

Calcium is one of the two most important nutrients for strong bones and teeth, (Vitamin D is the other)(hyperlink to January 3 post when it is up). Calcium also ensures that muscles, cells and nerves work properly. Unfortunately, calcium levels … Continue reading

The Surprising Link Between Concussions and Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study performed by a team at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) showed that even mild head injuries, such as concussions, may be associated with developing Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Do You Know the Hidden Triggers of Food Allergies?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, more than 50 million Americans have an allergy of some kind. Food allergies can appear at any age and to foods that previously were eaten without any problem. Continue reading