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Relationships

Celebrating Love: Dementia Caregivers Speak Up

Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays have traditionally been celebrated with balloons, gifts, cards, parties, and food. Sadly, when dementia enters into the picture, such general mayhem may overwhelm a person already confused by his or her s...

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Memory Impairment May Not Be First Sign of Alzheimer's

Because Alzheimer’s disease is thought to develop for years before symptoms become evident, the earliest possible detection is very important, so that the onset of the disease may be delayed and the overall care improved through the years. and hopefu...

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Alzheimer's Documentary Sparks Controversy Over What Some See as Negativity

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million people in the U.S. live with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and the price tag for the disease in 2016 was over $236 billion. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that the disease is often featured on ...

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Midlife Exercise May Have Beneficial Effects on Brain Later in Life

Once you’ve reached your 70s, will you look back and thank your middle-aged self for spending another hour each day on social media rather than jogging around your neighborhood? According to new research, the answer is no: you’re more likely to wish ...

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Using Physical Therapy to Achieve the Best Version of You

As people age, they are likely to find that balance issues, arthritis, neurological diseases, and other health problems become a threat to their quality of life. People facing these problems often find that being evaluated and treated by a physical t...

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Do You Need a Specialist for a Dementia Diagnosis?

For many adult children and spouses, it’s difficult to convince a parent or mate to stay current with the medical appointments needed for checkups and medication renewals. If specialists are required, that generally means more waiting, more testing, ...

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Caregiving

Needs of 'Elder Orphans' a Growing Concern in Aging Population

“Elder orphan” is a term used by medical professionals to describe individuals living alone with little to no support system. In a research article published in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, in July 2016, “Elder Orphans Hiding in Plain ...

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Caregiving

8 Tips to Help Caregivers Improve Their New Year

In the New Year, because your loved one’s situation hasn’t changed, you might think that nothing can improve your own situation. But if you are open to change, you may find that the symbolism of the New Year does offer opportunities to make your life ...

Young woman looking in mirror on tree outside, worried about aging.

Is Our Youth-Obsessed Culture Making You Old Before Your Time?

Look young Feel young! Think young! The constant barrage of information about how being forever young is the only desirable way to live is enough to make even a young person feel old. Now researchers have shown that this ageism is potentially harmful ...

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Alzheimer's: What Is Really in Your Control?

When it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the sad reality is that there is no cure. But a significant number of people have an increased risk due to genetics, and everyone has an increased risk as they age. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, ...