For some caregivers the sum total of the advice they’ve gotten is just “do your best.” But what does that mean, especially regarding caregiving? Believe it or not, it really does mean that you should just do the best that you can with where you are.   Don’t Expect Superhuman Results from Yourself Very often…

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Being a family caregiver for an aging senior can be a tough but rewarding job. While some seniors desire to age in place in their own home for as long as possible, others are brought into the homes of their family members, often adult children, which has its own unique differences, challenges, and benefits. If…

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Lots of older adults live alone after the death of a spouse. Being alone all the time can get pretty boring. There are so many things that are more fun to do with others. Some seniors spend many of their days just sitting in front of the television because they have nothing else to do. They may be…

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Melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer. Around 70 percent of melanomas begin in normal skin while the other 30 start in an existing mole. It can also start in a person’s eyes and sometimes even in internal organs. According to the American Cancer Society, about 96,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed each…

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COPD, which stands for chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder, is a chronic, progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Although it is not curable, it is treatable, and steps can be taken to prevent more damage and maximize the remaining functioning of the lungs. Symptoms of COPD include chronic cough, shortness of breath while…

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Happy Birthday to all who celebrate a birthday this month!

As you no doubt know, if you were born in November you are a pretty interesting person. For example, studies show that people born this month are often very good friends and enjoy long lasting friendships. Many also say that those born in November have strong and magnetic personalities, and are very attractive to others.…

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Sometimes you can see what’s happening, but those changes are occurring so slowly that they don’t add up just yet. When your elderly family member’s life is changing due to age or to her health, she may need additional help to get through what used to be normal situations. Normal Daily Activities Are a Lot…

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About one-half of the 1.8 billion prescriptions dispensed annually are not taken correctly. That is a startling statistic; one that can lead to prolonged or additional illnesses. U.S adherence to medication protocols among patients with chronic conditions averages only about 50%. Less than 2% of adults with diabetes perform the full level of care, which…

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How well your aging family member can see affects every aspect of her life. Useable vision is something that a lot of people take for granted until it becomes more of a problem. Here are some ways you can make your senior’s vision, good or poor, as helpful to her as possible. Eye Exams Are…

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More than 1 million Americans have a hip or a knee or a shoulder replaced each year. Joint replacement surgery means removing a damaged joint and putting in a new one. In designing treatment, the first step involves understanding how the surgery affected the person’s ability to function and what support is needed in order…

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