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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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Love — the greatest gift of all

With Valentine’s Day upon us, we can’t help but think of love. Love for your spouse or significant other and love for your children, friends, and extended family are brought to the forefront on this day. Buying gifts, a greeting card, or candy has become the norm in today’s society. But after the day goes away, how do you keep that feeling alive? . . .

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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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Your gift of time with a senior is priceless

Not every great gift has a price tag. When it comes to gifts you can give seniors this holiday season, there are many no cost or low cost things you can do that will bring the elderly much happiness. Spending quality time with someone you care for is priceless! So here are some “gift of time” ideas that you can extend to older folks for the holidays. . . .

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Talking to a doctor

How well patients and doctors talk to each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. Unfortunately, talking to a doctor isn’t always easy. . . .

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