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To coincide with this Older American's month theme, we will share some insights in to emerging technologies and important health issues for seniors and family caregivers. We start here with a review of Electronic Personal Health Records and Dell electronic medical records which are making the management and exchange of information much more efficient than in the past.
For these hot summer days and hottest months of the year: Staying Hydrated: How Much Should You Drink?
We need water to keep our bodies functioning properly. But, as we get older, our thirst-response system diminishes and we may not feel thirsty even as dehydration sets in. Dehydration can lead to constipation, balance problems and falls, urinary tract infections, kidney failure and slower healing from wounds, ulcers and orthopedic injuries.
How much water do we need? Contrary to popular belief, no research exists that says exactly how much fluid we should drink. However, many experts suggest that healthy adults should strive for six to eight 8-ounce servings of liquid a day.... Read More
Six Signs That Memory Loss May Be Serious
At least three-fourths of people over age 50 report that their memory is not as good as it once was. The reality is that more than 90 percent of those who complain about memory impairment do not have Alzheimer's or dementia... Read More
Do You Have a Fear of Falling and Need to Improve Your Mobility?
Check out these classes in Northwest New Jersey designed to help seniors improve their balance, leg strength and overall mobility. Designed for older adults, safe, gentle and accessible no matter your capabilitiy. There is no reason not to start making postitive changes in your future today!.... Read More about Senior Exercise in Hackettstown, NJ
What is Palliative Care and When is it Useful on Our Journey to Age in Place
Palliative care is a service that focuses on the relief of pain or other symptoms of a serious condition, chronic illness that is not improving, or for someone with a condition that cannot be cured.... Read More
Balance and strength building toe taps
Those who have been following any of my posts or articles should know that I am a huge proponant of building leg strength to help with the inprovement in balance. I feel that building a solid foundation of leg, hip and core strength is the main way to create better balance. IE: having the strenght to support your body and hold positions as it moves from one place to another.... Read More
After a Heart Attack: Nine Important Steps to Follow
If you've just had a heart attack, how do you know whether you're getting the best possible care? A new set of clinical performance measures can tell you whether your in-hospital treatment is on track...Read More
A hand exercise to keep your fingers in working order
Aging often brings with it stiffness, soreness and loss of flexibility of mucles. Those we use everyday and some we don\'t use often enough. Our hands, used daily, would seem to be one of those we should not have to work on to keep them limber yet they do need exercise to keep them working well... Read More
Top Technology Products that Will Help You Live Longer
The human lifespan has been increasing steadily year by year as our technology (medical and otherwise) improves.... Read More
Benefits of good hydration for Seniors and aging adults
Some of the medical evidence for the benefits of good hydration in older people is summarised in this great article....Read More
A Comparison of PERS/MPERS Devices
A Personal Emergency Response System (or PERS) is a service generally provided by a private company, that helps to monitor its subscribers for falls, medical problems or other emergencies by use of a 3 part system. These 3 parts consist of a). a pendant, charm, necklace, belt or watch b). a base station and c). a call center/monitoring station....Read More
Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable....Read More
6 Things I'll Never Do Again While Traveling With an Elder
Whether accompanying an elder home for a holiday or bringing them back to your ownhome, traveling can be daunting to say the least. Having traveled with my father several times during the years that he lived with me, I learned several things that I'd never do again... Read More
How to Prevent Falls of Aging Older Adults
Falls are the #1 fear of aging adults and the #1 independence robber. The fear of falling is not unfounded. Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. The best thing you can do is learn how to prevent falls... Read More
Technologies for Senior Health: Personal Health Records Online
To coincide with this Older American’s month theme, we will share some insights in to emerging technologies and important health issues for seniors and family caregivers. We start here with a review of Electronic Personal Health Records... Read More
I Am Different: Illness-based Identity
How we view ourselves—our identity—is based on what we do, the roles we play, activities we enjoy, affiliations we have, the values that structure our lives, our abilities, and relationships. When a meaningful part of a loved one’s life is lost, their self-perception and place in the world may change.... Read More
Fresh and flourishing
“The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” ... Read More
Aging Well: A Retirement Challange
As I age (yes, even me) it is hard not to notice certain body parts aren't quite the same. Squatting down to pick up something from a bottom shelf is now accompanied by a few groans as my knees protest. Standing back up takes a focus on the goal of becoming vertical again without help... Read More
Songs of Faith – Anchors the Soul
Has your faith gotten stronger, as you’ve gotten older? I know mine has. Many of the elders I talk to and interview are quick to share that their belief in God gives them a deep sense of solace. They also say that their faith has never been stronger than it is now... Read More
What is a Health Care Power of Attorney?
Watching a loved one's health decline is a difficult process and can be made even more stressful if he or she has not set up a health care power of attorney. A health care power of attorney, also called a health care proxy or a durable power of attorney for health care, helps protect your loved one's end-of-life wishes.... Read More
Writing Your Will Is Not Enough
Ah. You’re feeling proud of yourself. You’ve made your will and told your relatives where to find it. You’re patting yourself on the back for your foresight and a job well done. You’re entitled to a satisfied sigh of relief—aren’t you?... Read More
I’m Not Ready Yet: Aging Parents and Household Transitions
So often, aging parents intellectually know that their current living situation isn’t right for them anymore but seem unable to take the steps necessary to do something about it. ... Read More
6 Reasons Homecare May Not Be Suitable for You or Your Loved One
I’ve see many articles written on reasons homecare will benefit you, or articles on when homecare is suitable for your loved one. But what about when it’s not suitable or beneficial?... Read More
What are Care Homes and How Much Should they Cost?
Across the country they are called adult family homes, personal care home, adult foster homes, and group homes or perhaps, board and care home, butthey all provide a very basic and needed service: care for seniors in a home-like setting... Read More
10 Design Trends for Aging in Place
Rather than look at the basics, I’d like to comment on some of the top trends – those being requested by clients, not just those suggested by designers... Read More
Helping a parent with dementia change clothes
Wearing clothing inappropriate for the season can be uncomfortable, but wearing clothing inappropriate for public view can be embarrassing. As the caregiver, what should you do?...Read More
Communication and Generational Differences
There's an old saying that granchildren and grandparents get along so well because they have a common enemy. (That would be the parent of one and the child of the same one.....in other words, US!)... Read More
Coping with a Dementia Parent
People often speak of losing a loved one to dementia long before the body fails. It is heartbreaking to see the parents on whom we have always depended starting to need our help... Read More
Women, Wealth and Legacy Planning
Whether nurturing the values of children, fulfilling charitable goals, or making investment decisions that affect their own as well as their beneficiaries' financial security, women play a central role in establishing and preserving family wealth.... Read More
Important Home Financial Issues to Consider When Planning Aging At Home
The ability to age at home may require services ranging from making the home more user-friendly for the aging adult, aging home healthcare service and a wide array of home health care products designed to successful age at home....Read More
Budgeting For Caregiving
One of the more stressful parts of caregiving is the worry about how to pay for it. Planning ahead can help, as can creating a caregiving budget. Of course, once you create your budget you need to stick to it!...Read More
Do We Lose Benefits When a Veteran Dies While Their Claim is Pending?
This is a common enough scenario, especially when it seems that the VA is taking longer to process claims than ever before. As with most VA questions, however, the answer is not a simple yes or no. It depends on the facts of the particular situation... Read More
The sandwich generation: juggling family responsibilities and retirement planning
At a time when your career is reaching a peak and you are looking ahead to your own retirement, you may find yourself in the position of having to help your children with college expenses while at the same time looking after the needs of your aging parents... Read More
The end of the Peter Pan home – but shouldn’t tech in the home be more universal?
Get this. A Dallas article that advised homeowners to Senior-proof their house so you don’t have to move later says universal design is now Hot. The article cited an AARP study that 90% of those over 50 want to stay put in their homes....Read More
The PBS series, Life Part 2 offers great insights on topics of interest for seniors and their families. Their expert panels discuss life, death, growing up, raising kids and much more. From time to time we will offer links to particular episodes we like and feel you will also. The following is excerpted from the PBS website
Do you find yourself asking the deeper-scarier-questions as you make your way through middle age and get closer to the last act? Well, you\'re not alone. But as a member of the baby boomer generation-the group that famously questioned authority-old-time religion might not be for you. So what does being spiritual mean?
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