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Campaigns against bullying are everywhere these days. We’re now a zero tolerance society when it comes to bullying, and a rough and tough ten-year-old can no longer get away with teasing and tormenting his classmates. But perhaps there’s some other, less apparent sort of bullying occurring – that of trying to play the parent to… Continue reading
Research scientists are shedding some new light on therapies to potentially have an impact on Alzheimer’s disease: light therapy. The benefits of light are only just beginning to be tapped, and already are exhibiting some notable and encouraging results.
One example is MIT analysts are experimenting with a variety of flickering light therapy, in which… Continue reading
If you have a loved one with heart disease, the risk for heart attack is increased. What if he or she were to have a heart attack? How would this change your lives? What information would you need to know? How can you help? The many questions of how your everyday lives will be changed… Continue reading
Sweetie, honey, dear, young lady/man – terms of endearment like these may be appreciated when spoken by our husband or wife or when directed to our very young children, but how do senior citizens react to them? In a word, most older people are offended by these derogatory comments. And despite the fact that doctors,… Continue reading
Pick a senior, any senior, and you’re likely to hear the same sentiments: the vast majority of older adults agree that they’d prefer to spend their elder years at home over moving to a nursing home facility. However, there are a number of misconceptions about who will pay for home health care. Medicare? Medicaid? Insurance?… Continue reading
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has reported that family members caring for a senior loved one are “routinely marginalized and ignored within the health care system.” With about 18 million family members providing care for seniors, this report is alarming, as it points to the possibility that these seniors are at risk… Continue reading
On average, a senior takes approximately 15-18 different prescriptions every day, so it is not hard to understand why so many seniors miss doses or take incorrect doses of their medications. But there are health risks that happen because of these medication errors. That is where the medication organizer comes into play: such an easy… Continue reading
Aducanumab. It is the latest in a long line of drugs making news in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. But never before has a drug looked quite so promising as an effective treatment. In the initial medical tests, researchers witnessed a substantial reduction in amyloid plaque in the patients’ brains, and even greater, “This is… Continue reading
Looking around at the home where you grew up, the home where your parents still live, can bring forth a flood of memories. The finished wood stairs you used to practice tap dance routines on, much to your father’s dismay. The fireplace mantle where your parents proudly displayed a never-ending rotation of your crazy art… Continue reading
An innovative concept, “design thinking,” has become connected to products designed particularly for the elderly. However, its true purpose actually encompasses so much more: creating a solution through products that make life easier – regardless of age.
While elder care in Anchorage, AK could certainly benefit from the development of carefully thought out products, such… Continue reading
Alzheimer’s research funding now totals over $900 million. Could the race towards finding a cure be coming near to the finish line? As those with loved ones impacted by the disease watch and wait with bated breath, a variety of trials – some with greater success than others – seem to be pointing to a… Continue reading
With many older adults reducing their exercise levels, they may feel they do not have to be concerned about dehydration. But in truth, up to 31% of seniors are diagnosed with dehydration, due in part to the body’s normal aging. And the benefits of helping older adults stay hydrated are immense: fewer falls, better orthopedic… Continue reading
As a family caregiver in Anchorage, AK, we bet you can think of a variety of ways to finish that statement – with things you’ve always dreamed of doing, but put in the back of your mind until you have the money, means or time to pursue them. But what about senior family and… Continue reading
Think about this possibility: your 90-year-old mother, who lives in her own home alone, fell recently,cracked her pelvis, and is being released from Alaska Regional Hospital today. Leafing through her discharge papers reveals the need for medications, physical therapy, medical follow-up in several weeks,and a number of symptoms to watch for that would warrant… Continue reading
There’s no emotional roller coaster quite like the one ridden by family members providing home care in Anchorage AK for an aging or chronically ill loved one. In fact, very few if any emotions don’t come into play at one time or another during caregiving – and sometimes, the full spectrum of emotions… Continue reading