Causes and Symptoms of Dehydration in Older Adults

Aging is linked to a variety of changes in the body. Some of these changes can make seniors prone to nutrient deficiencies, while others can affect your senses and quality of life. One common issue people may experience as they age is a reduction in their body’s ability to recognize vital senses like hunger and…

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Hot Weather Safety for Older Adults

Too much heat is not safe for anyone. It is even riskier if you are older or have health problems. It is important to get relief from the heat quickly. If not, you might begin to feel confused or faint. Your heart could become stressed and stop beating. Being hot for too long can be a problem.…

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Can Couples Live Together in Senior Living Communities?

Making the move to a senior living community is always a major life change. When a couple can move together, this decision and the transition itself become a little easier. George is a 74-year-old with moderate Alzheimer’s disease, chronic arthritis and diabetes. His wife, Mary, is 72 and in relatively good shape, with no major…

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Why Seniors Refuse to Eat and What You Can Do About It

Proper nutrition is a vital part of a healthy life at any age. Many seniors tend to eat less as their metabolisms slow and nutritional needs change, but what if Mom or Dad won’t eat a balanced diet or hardly eats at all? How about if a loved one only eats sweets and refuses healthy…

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How to Talk to Elderly Parents About Assisted Living

Talking to your parents about assisted living can be tough. The move to a senior living community is often viewed as a permanent blow to an elder’s independence, and many seniors stubbornly avoid discussing this topic because they’re afraid they’ll be forced out of their homes. Children and spouses tiptoe around the subject as well,…

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Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and over, some younger individuals with disabilities, and some individuals with end-stage renal disease. Like other health insurance plans, Medicare does not cover long-term care services. Therefore, Medicare does not pay for the cost of room and board or personal care in an assisted living facility.…

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The Hidden Costs of Assisted Living

This is post 3 of 3 in the series “Assisted Living FAQ” What is Assisted Living? What Is the Cost of Assisted Living? (How to Afford Assisted Living) The Hidden Costs of Assisted Living While moving a loved one to an assisted care residential community does require some adjustment and change, they can still retain…

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Important Facts to Know About Pneumonia in Elderly Adults

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and it can be serious when found in an older adult. The numbers reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that around 250,000 people (of all ages) are hospitalized each year due to pneumonia complications and that about 50,000 of those cases pass away.…

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Nutritional Needs of Older Adults (Helps Support Memory and More!)

It is very important for every human to get plenty of physical exercise and eat foods that are nutrient rich at all ages. As our bodies grow and mature our nutritional needs change, especially in our golden years. Some nutrients become especially important in aiding and maintaining a higher level of health. Here are some…

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Elderly Medical Conditions: Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease

This is post 5 of 5 in the series “Age-related Diseases” Elderly Health Issues: Arthritis, Hypertension, Asthma, Older People Medical Conditions: Blindness, Cancer, Chronic Bronchitis Senior Medical Conditions: Coronary Heart Disease, Dementia, Diabetes Elderly Medical Conditions: Epilepsy, Osteoporosis, Multiple Sclerosis Elderly Medical Conditions: Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease Long-term medical conditions currently affect around four…

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