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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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[Safety vs. Independence] For Elderly Parents

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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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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The Latest Phone Scam Targeting Seniors

Telephone cons intended for the elderly aren’t anything new, with an astounding $36 billion lost every year to financial abuse. And the latest senior telephone con circulating is difficult for many seniors to recognize until it’s too late. Center for Elder Law and Justice attorney Nicole K. Parshall explains, “There is always a new variation of a phone scam.

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When Seniors Stop Driving, Can It Impact Their Health?

It is one of the most difficult decisions we face in older years, and a remarkably delicate issue for adult children to broach with their elder parents: relinquishing the car keys. Driving a vehicle, while supplying an inherent feeling of freedom and independence, can become tremendously risky due to a variety of conditions associated with getting older.

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Many Seniors Unaware They are Taking Dangerous Combinations of Medicines and Supplements

 “Take your vitamins!”

Haven’t we all heard this advice from well-meaning friends and relatives, especially when we’re feeling under the weather? Or, wondered about the benefit to our senior loved ones as we watch those happy and active seniors in supplement ads, playing golf and enjoying life to the fullest?

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