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Senior Care Tips: How “Play” Strengthens Relationships and the Mind

Do you recall that feeling as a kid once the school bell rang, indicating the end of arithmetic and the beginning of the very best part of the day: recess? There was clearly an immense sensation of independence dashing out onto the playground, leaving behind the pressure of school work for a quick period of unstructured play.

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Did You Notice Any of These Signs While Visiting Mom This Christmas?

From the second the door swings open and your elderly parent wraps you in a warm hug, through the festive holiday meal and every timeless family tradition, possibilities abound for not just quality time together, but also to assess how your loved one is truly doing and if any warning flags are noticed.

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Bring Back the Joy of the Season: Beat the Holiday Blues with These Tips

Ah, the holidays: they are oftentimes the most wonderful time of the year, or the most difficult. For many seniors in the Boston area who have lost relatives, are battling chronic health conditions, or are suffering from isolation and loneliness, the holiday season can result in depression. And, the family caregivers who care for a loved one may also be prone to holiday blues,

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Can Planning for Senior Falls Actually Help You Avoid Them?

Falls among the elderly are all too common and can have dire consequences. Taking precautionary measures is key, including assessing the house for fall dangers like throw rugs as well as other tripping hazards, poor lighting, and an absence of appropriate grab bars and railings. But there’s another tactic being recommended now: creating a fall plan of care,

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Why a Trip to the Emergency Room May be in Your Holiday Plans

While we may visualize a Norman Rockwell-worthy Thanksgiving get-together, with the entire family enjoying high quality time together and Grandma’s classic food, the reality for some families may include something unanticipated: a visit to the hospital. Believe it or not, studies indicate that emergency room visits for seniors jump an astounding 10% – 20% over the holidays.

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An Elephant Never Forgets…And May Be Able to Help Us Understand Alzheimer’s

The old adage is true: elephants truly do have excellent memories, even in their old age. To illustrate, they’re able to recollect and go back to very particular locations many years after visiting them, regardless of age. Just what exactly can we discover from elephants that might result in improving our own brain functioning as we age?

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Fighting with a Senior Parent on Safety vs. Independence

It’s a conflict that arises for numerous families: older adults adamantly like to age in place in their own homes, while their loved ones worry about their well-being. And there’s an argument to be made in both cases. Seniors, especially individuals who live alone, deal with many different risks: falls that may lead to serious injury,

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Tips for Caring for an Aging Parent You Don’t Particularly Like

Family dynamics have a huge impact on a caregiver’s outlook. For those who have been raised by loving parents who provided for all of their needs, offering the same level of care may simply be second nature. But what if you’ve been scarred by childhood experiences, determined to distance yourself from difficult family members later in life,

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