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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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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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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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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 

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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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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Can Exercise Help Overcome the Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease?

The effects of remaining physically active throughout aging are tremendous, but for those with Parkinson’s, it may truly be a game-changer in the progression of the disease. Several recent studies are revealing direct links between exercise and Parkinson’s, including the largest clinical study to date, in which patients who exercised a minimum of 2½ hours per week achieved a higher quality of life than those who refrained from physical activity.

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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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Dementia-Related Anosognosia: How It’s Different From Denial

“I don’t have dementia There is nothing wrong with me!”

If you have ever heard a loved one with dementia frustratingly communicate this or perhaps a similar sentiment, you may have believed the person was just in denial and unwilling to accept a tough diagnosis. The stark reality is,

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