North River Home Care Blog

Two New Breakthrough Discoveries in Alzheimer’s

Remarkable scientific studies are honing in ever nearer towards the eradication of Alzheimer’s disease, this time in the form of two medications already developed and approved by the FDA. This permits accelerated clinical trials and we hope fast-tracking us closer to a treatment.

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The Dangers of Senior Loneliness – and How to Help

With more than 325 million people residing in the U.S. alone, it is not easy to think that loneliness would be so common. However, more than 50% of older adults live alone, and more than a million of them are estimated to be chronically lonely. In fact, nearly half of older adults researched stated that their most common source of companionship is the television.

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Why We Need to Rethink Aging

A simple Google search for the word “aging” brings up topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” and even “the cure to aging.” The negative connotations to aging are, sadly, so ingrained within our culture that it’s estimated that by 2021, we’ll be purchasing over $300 billion in anti-aging products.

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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 Massachusetts 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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Elephants and Alzheimer’s [The Relationship]

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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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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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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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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