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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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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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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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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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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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The Senior Malnutrition Crisis

Remember Sunday dinners at Grandma’s house, when the whole family came together around the table to share a hearty meal, conversations, and laughter? Sadly, with many families now living at a distance from their older loved ones, and with so many pressing needs pulling us in different directions, it’s difficult to continue this tradition – and it may be just one of the many factors contributing to the dramatic increase in senior malnutrition.

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Sensitive Financial Management Help for Seniors

Financial management help for seniors is a sensitive topic, but one that should be resolved at some point, preferably sooner rather than later. Many adult children are reluctant to muddle with parents’ financial matters until there’s an obvious need, but starting the conversation before the need provides ample opportunity to ensure all things are in order.

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