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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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Posted in: Aging Care Issues, Alzheimer's Care, Benefits of Boston Home Care, Boston Home Care, Brain Health, Dementia Care, Medical News, Mental Health, Senior Safety, Senior Support 

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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Posted in: Long-Term Care Planning, Overcoming Home Care Objections, Senior Health, Senior Home Health Care Tips, Senior Independence, Senior Safety, Senior Support 

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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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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