Is It Just a Case of Senior Blues? Or Could It Be an Elderly Mental Health Concern?

Is It Just a Case of Senior Blues? Or Could It Be an Elderly Mental Health Concern?
For many, there’s a stigma linked with admitting to and pursuing help for mental and emotional concerns. They’re common concerns in older years: fatigue, sleeping problems, lack of appetite. And often, they’re written off as just that. Yet for nearly 8 million elders over age 65, these signs and symptoms are indicative of something significantly more than normal aging – they’re signs and symptoms of elderly mental health problems. And only a small number are obtaining the available treatment that could substantially boost their overall quality of life. Continue reading

Solo Agers: Do You Have a Designated Senior Planner?

Solo Agers: Do You Have a Designated Senior Planner?
Baby boomers without children, or solo agers, have to consider different options for their later years than those with children. If you are a baby boomer without children, the new term “solo ager” applies to you. This strong and self-reliant group faces some distinct concerns in aging, chiefly who to designate as guardian and decision-maker in the event that they become unable to do so themselves. Inside her book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, author Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D. defines several senior planner options to consider: Continue reading

Know the Risks Before Trying Alternative Supplements for Alzheimer’s Disease

Know the Risks Before Trying Alternative Supplements for Alzheimer’s Disease
Always get the doctor’s approval before trying anything new. As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That could very well pertain to the recent influx of corporations touting alternative supplements, dietary programs, and herbal concoctions in order to cure, or at the very least minimize, the ramifications of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association would like to advise us, however, to go forward with caution when looking into treatment ideas for a loved one with dementia – and always get the doctor’s approval before trying anything new. Continue reading

Can Surgeries Lead to Cognitive Impairment in Seniors?


Can Surgeries Lead to Cognitive Impairment in Seniors?

POCD takes place in more than 25% of seniors in the days and even weeks just after non-cardiac surgery. Undergoing surgery for seniors always involves some inherent risks, but there is a little-known effect impacting a significant number of seniors following surgery that we all must be aware of: POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction). POCD takes place in more than 25% of seniors in the days and even weeks just after non-cardiac surgery, and may present with a variety of symptoms, several of which can be almost indiscernible: forgetfulness, loss in concentration and focus, along with other kinds of cognitive impairment that affect quality of life. Continue reading

The Alaska Heart Run

Millions of Americans live with heart conditions that can turn deadly, but the American Heart Association (AHA) is committed to funding research, awareness and care. Every year, Alaskans take a Saturday in April to help to raise money for the AHA, while also practicing heart healthy habits. On April 21, joins Alaskans in the Alaska… Continue reading

Alcohol Abuse and the Elderly

Alcohol – it can be used responsibility but it can also become a major health problem if abused. April is Alcohol Awareness Month and it was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcoholism. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. Millions of Americans suffer from… Continue reading

The Real Cost of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Recently the Alzheimer’s Association released its annual report detailing the state of Alzheimer’s in America. The report shows 5.7 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and its costing Americans $277 billion a year! But that figure isn’t the true cost. Millions of Americans take time away from work… Continue reading

How to Spot Senior Abuse and What to Do

Over 28 million Americans become victims of fraud annually, and 30 percent are seniors. Criminals target seniors for many reasons including they may be more trusting, have savings and weren’t raised in an era of cyber scams. According to the National Adult Protective Services Association, “financial exploitation is a fast-growing form of abuse of seniors… Continue reading
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