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How older adults can get a good night’s sleep

All people need sleep. But older adults have some special needs and concerns when it comes to getting to sleep and getting enough sleep. . . .

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Kidney disease and diabetes

Kidney disease and diabetes are two serious diseases that can affect older adults. Read on to learn more about these diseases, what you should look for, and what you can do about them. . . .

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As life’s end draws near, focus on the goodness that still exists

David Hachmeister

So much end-of-life care is focused on mortality, illness, emotional family interactions, and sadness. We must be careful not to miss the sweetness and humor that are also present in most end-of-life stories.

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What is “aging in place”?

Aging in place simply means that a person — regardless of age — lives in the residence of his or her own choosing. Primarily, this phrase is used in regard to an elderly person maintaining a good quality of life while living in his or her own home. . . .

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Preparing for an emergency with a senior

The likelihood that you and your loved ones will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. . . .

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Choosing respite care

Deciding to choose respite care can be a difficult decision for some family caregivers. Common negative emotions include guilt on the part of the caregiver and sometimes anger or sadness on the part of those receiving the care. . . .

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Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease

If you are concerned about changes (either in yourself or in a family member) that involve memory, the ability to think, sensory perception, behavior, mood, or the ability to move that do not seem normal, talk with a doctor. . . .

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Adding fun to your caregiving activities

A well-rounded caregiver provides a loved one with quality-of-life care along with more routine daily living care. This means incorporating enjoyable, fun activities into all daily living tasks and throughout your contact with your care recipient. . . .

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In-home care services you might not have considered

What can you do for your aging parent or loved one? A nursing home seems drastic and oh-so-final. It’s also expensive — sometimes downright unaffordable. But what other option do you have? . . .

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When to have the conversation about in-home care

It’s not easy to have that dreaded conversation with an aging parent — you know, the one that begins “we have to get you some help.”

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