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Many of our seniors did not grow up in Alaska, they moved here for an exciting job opportunity or adventure. As this independent generation ages, their spirit stays the same but unfortunately sometimes their body can’t keep up. Luckily, with Philips Lifeline, seniors can stay safe while maintaining their freedom.
Philips Lifeline is the number… Continue reading
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5847 declaring August 21 National Senior Citizens Day. The day is meant to recognize the achievements and leadership of seniors, and thank them for all they’ve done. It’s also a day meant to remind people to take care of seniors by providing them with the proper care and… Continue reading
What if there was a medication that could treat not just one, but three devastating diseases: leukemia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s? At Georgetown University Medical Center, researchers are hopeful that nilotinib is that medication. Now approved to use in people that have one kind of leukemia, a small trial is causing great excitement in its encouraging… Continue reading
For the first time ever, a treatment option that’s become increasingly popular in Parkinson’s patients – deep-brain stimulation – is also showing promise for recovery for strokes in old age. The new form of treatment is being tested on a stroke survivor and is conducted by implanting an electrode that stimulates a particular area of… Continue reading
“I may have a use for this someday.” We all have items we hold onto with this thought in mind. But in reality, many of these “treasures” are simply collecting dust. The old stacks of National Geographic magazines, boxes of loose photographs, old tools, heirloom silver teapots and other memorabilia will all continue to end… Continue reading
Perhaps, like many of us are prone to do, you have a preconceived notion of certain stereotypical groups of people. For example, what comes to mind when you hear the words “drug addict”? A young adult unable to cope with daily living without a fix, potentially resorting to a life of crime to fund his… Continue reading
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you know that oftentimes as the day winds down, the stress ramps up. Sundown syndrome, a common experience in dementia in which seniors become agitated, fearful, and restless during the evening hours, is exhausting for all involved. Concerns increase as family members try to keep the… Continue reading
Do you find yourself constantly wishing for just a few more hours in the day to help you accomplish everything that needs to be accomplished? In particular, if you are a member of the sandwich generation – those who provide care for both their children and their senior parents – you can quickly become overwhelmed… Continue reading
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