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What to Say and What NOT to Say to Someone About Their Health Issues

Have you ever walked into the office or a get-together with friends or family and had someone say to you with great concern, “You really look tired today!” Although you may have been feeling pretty perky before that moment, suddenly you really DO feel tired and rundown. The words we speak to each other and the way we interpret them are powerful.

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Guns and Dementia—Should Dad Still Have a Gun in the House?

With a heated level of debate rivaling the Hatfields and McCoys, it seems insurmountable to come to a resolution on the issue of gun control. Yet regardless of which side of the fence you find yourself, there’s one little-discussed scenario that should cause us all to take pause: the alarming combination of dementia and guns.

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The Hidden Dangers of Sleeping Meds for Seniors – And What to Try Instead

What’s better than waking up well rested after a good night’s sleep, fully energized and ready to face the day? For many older adults – as many as a third of them – getting sufficient sleep only happens in their dreams. And sadly, it’s a common assumption that poor sleep is simply something to be accepted in our later years – a misconception that Preeti Malani,

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Are We Missing the Mark? Neuroscientist Shares Radical Thinking on Alzheimer’s Cause.

Thomas Edison’s infamous words ring true today in the race to find both the cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Each day seems to bring hopeful news of yet another clinical trial, followed soon after by the disappointing news that results failed to meet expectations – and so the cycle continues.

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When Mom Feels Sad: Why It Might Be More Than Just a Case of the Blues

They’re common concerns in older years: fatigue, sleeping problems, lack of appetite. And often, they’re written off as just that. Yet for as many as 8 million seniors over age 65, these symptoms are indicative of something more than normal aging – they’re signs of mental illness.

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Boston Area Senior Care Tips: Care Planning When You Don’t Have Children

Are you a “solo ager“? This is the new term being passed around to describe baby boomers who do not have children. This strong and independent group faces various unique issues in aging, namely who to designate as guardian and decision-maker if ever they become unable to do so themselves.

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Have Supplements Such as Ginkgo Biloba Proven Helpful for Alzheimer’s?

As the expression goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This can certainly be applied to the latest increase of companies offering alternative supplements, dietary programs, and herbal concoctions in an effort to treat, or at least lessen the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association aims to warn us,

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Can Surgery Anesthesia Cause Dementia in Seniors?

For seniors, experiencing surgery always includes some inherent risks, but there’s a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors following surgery that people all need to be aware of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD takes place in more than 25% of seniors during the days after non-cardiac surgery, and can present with a variety of symptoms,

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Chronic Pain and Aging: Why Current Practices Just Won’t Cut It

As the large population of baby boomers continues to get older, and as our life span continues to be extended, our thinking pertaining to coping with chronic pain has to expand accordingly. At present, over 50% of those over age 65 complain of persistent pain – and for ¾ of those dealing with chronic pain,

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