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Safeguarding Mental Health During the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, most people are focused on the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, and family gatherings. It’s easy to forget that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, levels of stress and depression increase for many Americans, including seniors. According to the National Institute on Aging, risk factors for depression among elders

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3 Surprising Benefits of Home Companion Care

When faced with decisions about senior care options, many aging adults and their family members struggle to weigh the benefits and challenges of assisted living communities versus professional companion care at home. There is so much to consider, from safety to social considerations, and from financial concerns to mental health and wellbeing. The pandemic has

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Safely Managing Declining Seniors’ Medications

Does mom or dad snap at you when you ask if they’ve taken their daily medication, or when you go through their prescriptions? If your loved one is skipping pills, forgetting to take them, taking the wrong amount or combination, the outcome could mean unexpected medical consequences, or worse, an overdose. It can be very

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New Alzheimer Drug Aducanumab Faces Controversy

The June 2021 announcement that Aducanamab –known by its shelf name Aduhelm™ -was granted FDA-accelerated approval as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease created a flurry of excitement in families whose loved ones have been diagnosed with the terminal disease. Aduhelm is considered the first therapy to demonstrably remove amyloid plaques, one of the notorious primary

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Outdoors Again with an Angel

Have you ever noticed the striking resemblance between a tree’s limbs and our lungs? What a powerful –and apt image. No different from their human counterparts, trees “breathe” in the carbon dioxide we breathe out in a near-perfect cycle of breath. This connection through biology is Nature writ large and a simple example of how

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Women and Alzheimer’s Disease

Many of us are familiar with the fact that more women than men are affected by Alzheimer’s, but what else do the numbers tell us about women’s risk for Alzheimer’s Disease? Why is it that a woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 5?  Among people diagnosed with the

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Elder Care During COVID-19: Beyond the Headlines

Despite the elderly population’s increased risk for COVID-19 associated complications and mortality, less than four in 10 nursing home staff accepted immunization when offered, February data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed. “Residents and staff members in long-term care facilities, particularly skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), are at increased risk for COVID-19–associated morbidity and

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