Posts Tagged "health and wellness"

Living with memory loss is challenging.

Caring for a loved one with any form of the loss – such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and cognitive impairment – can be an equal challenge.

But you aren’t alone. More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for family members and friends with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

More importantly, the toll it can take on you is real. “Family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias are at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and poorer quality of lif…

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Most older adults suffer from hearing loss – and it can have negative social, physical and mental effects on you.

But it doesn’t have to. Many older adults with some hearing loss can adjust and overcome any setbacks it might cause.

Nearly 25% of people ages 65 to 74 have some hearing loss. Half of those who are 75 and older suffer from it, according to research compiled by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

So if you’re aging in place, it’s likely you have or will experience some hearing loss. Or your spouse, family members or fri…

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One of the best things about summer: the food! And it’s easier than other times of the year to eat healthy.

That’s partly because there’s an abundance of fresh, in-season foods available. Older adults who want to age in place can also cook more often in one of the healthiest ways – that’s on the grill.

“Eating right can help keep your body and mind healthy and extend your quality of life,” says Kathy McManus, Director of the Department of Nutrition and Director of the Dietetic Internship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in her research on Harvard Health Publishing. “M…

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Pets can help older adult’s enjoy life more and stave off loneliness. Research proves it. Pet lovers swear by it.

And now, a year after the onset of a pandemic, even the skeptical believe it. Pets can be a positive addition to almost any home, helping with mental and physical wellbeing.

Full disclosure: I was the skeptic about the virtue of pets – until the pandemic. Then I saw the power of a pet in an older adult’s life. My mother-in-law’s poodle was her lifeline. Woody was a constant companion, friendly buddy and fun distraction. He was a reason for her to exercise …

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You always planned to age in place. The pandemic – and stay-at-home orders that followed – probably accelerated the plan. Fortunately, you have endless options to bring your favorite activities home.

Even as more older adults get the COVID-19 vaccine, you still want to stay safe. And that may mean sticking close to home for some time. But you don’t have to – or will want to – miss activities, luxuries or traditions you enjoyed outside the home.

Instead, make home your haven for everything you love.

Here’s how to do your favorite activities at home, plus tips to hel…

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