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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News When Dr. Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain. “I’m tired, doctor. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m getting old and I just have to live with it.” This fatalistic stance relies on widely-held but mistaken assumptions about what constitutes “normal aging.” In fact, fatigue, weakness and depression, among several other common concerns, aren’t to-be-expected

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When an Elderly Loved One Needs Extra Help

Posted on December 29, 2016

Family members of aging adults typically travel one of two paths to becoming a caregiver: the sudden sprint, or the gradual march. The sudden sprint towards providing care for a loved one is often set off by an unexpected event—a stroke, a fall, complications from surgery—which acts as a catalyst, escalating your family member’s care needs practically overnight. The gradual march in the direction of caregiving is less abrupt. You can’t say exactly when it

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A Crash Course on Medicare

Posted on October 26, 2016

Has your loved one recently celebrated their 65th birthday? If so, then they now qualify for Medicare. Keep reading for a crash course on a few facts that you need to know about this program. Medicare Eligibility is not Based on Income Unlike Medicaid which is made available to individuals whose income falls below a certain income level, eligibility for Medicare does not depend on income. Medicaid is a fully federally funded program, whereas Medicare

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As we’re approaching the holiday season, you may have opportunities over the upcoming months to visit family. These reunions often showcase how aging parents and other loved ones have changed over the course of the year. This time together can provide a wonderful chance for you to evaluate their health and quality of life and to recognize if any changes need to be made. Keep reading to learn how to identify the common issues that

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October is National Physical Therapy Month

Posted on October 07, 2016

October is National Physical Therapy Month and the perfect time to focus on the benefits of physical therapy, especially for seniors. Physical therapy provides a fantastic way for seniors to recover from injuries and continue to enjoy optimal health and quality of life. Keep reading to learn more about the many benefits of physical therapy. Why Do We Need Physical Therapy From providing relief for chronic pain and arthritis to encouraging healing from injuries and surgeries,

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Senior Flu Prevention

Posted on September 28, 2016

No matter your age, getting the flu is no fun. Each year, between 5 and 20 percent of adults are diagnosed with the flu. Flu season is generally considered to be between the months of December and March, but outbreaks can happen as early as October and as late into the year as May. While most healthy adults fare just fine, older adults, especially those with additional health concerns, have an increased likelihood of experiencing

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What Is a Living Will?

Posted on September 14, 2016

If you’re like most people, you’re familiar with the purpose of a last will and testament. This document provides a comprehensive outline that expresses your preferences after you have died. Whether you’ve created one or not (only about 50% of adults have), you’re probably aware that at some point you will die, and that you can save your loved ones a lot of stress by providing this final piece of guidance. As uncomfortable as many

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Elderly Bruising

Posted on September 07, 2016

We expect our skin to change as we age. Though we may take strides to postpone changes like age spots, lines and wrinkles, most of us eventually accept these changes, even coming to see them as the badges of honor that we gain for a life well lived. Easy bruising, however, is a change that catches many older adults by surprise. Alarming though it may be to see a large bruise on your senior loved

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Seniors and Strokes: What You Need to Know

Posted on August 31, 2016

According to the CDC, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, nearly 800,000 suffer from a stroke, and nearly three quarters of those people will be over the age of 65. In fact, between the ages of 55 and 85, the risk of having a stroke doubles every decade. Strokes are responsible for more long term disabilities than any other disease. Sounds pretty bleak, doesn’t it? While strokes

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Preventing Social Isolation in Seniors

Posted on August 24, 2016

For many seniors, continuing to live in their own home provides them with the privacy and freedom that they feel that they would give up if they moved to a senior living community. Unfortunately, according to a recent study, nearly half of seniors who age in place experience social isolation. Social connections are important at every stage of life, and loneliness is associated with a broad range of physical and mental health risks. Keep reading

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