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Alzheimer’s Stigma Causes Isolation, Delays Diagnosis

May 24, 2018 — In March 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association released the results of a study that found that most people believe that if they were to develop Alzheimer’s, they would face discrimination. Said Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., who is the chief science officer for the Association, “The unfortunate stigma associated with Alzheimer’s may prevent people from getting the... Read More

What Baby Boomers Should Know About Hepatitis C

May 24, 2018 — Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that is most often caused by a virus. One type, hepatitis C, has been called a silent epidemic, because most people who have the virus that causes it are unaware that they are infected. And while some people think of hepatitis as occurring mostly among young people, in... Read More

When Your Loved One With Dementia Lashes Out

April 27, 2018 — As Mom’s Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the family are sometimes shocked by her behavior. Formerly the most gentle and calm of women, Mom has been making angry accusations and yelling at family members, even young grandchildren. Last week she threw a clock on the floor because she couldn’t read the time. People who have never had... Read More

Seniors Often Overlook One Way to Lower Their Drug Costs

April 27, 2018 — The cost of prescription medications is skyrocketing, and this can hit older adults especially hard. Seniors take an average of 14 different medications each year, and taking these drugs as recommended can make all the difference in managing their various health conditions. Yet more and more seniors report that they split pills, skip doses, or... Read More

Getting the Right Help Right Away: Geriatric Care Management

March 30, 2018 — Overwhelmed by the care and financial needs for an elderly, mentally ill, or developmentally disabled loved one? Geriatric care management may be an invaluable option. In a nutshell, geriatric care management involves assisting families through health care and other important services such as housing, home care, nutrition, socialization, psychological/psychiatric needs and some assistance with financial... Read More

Improving Couples Communication When One Partner Has Dementia

March 15, 2018 — Today more than 35 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many live at home, while others live in a memory care community or other supported living environment. No matter where a person with Alzheimer’s lives, they likely receive a great deal of care and support from family members—and, say experts,... Read More

Warn Senior Loved Ones About “Free Trial” Offers

March 15, 2018 — Cheese samples at the supermarket, little packets of body care products at the makeup counter or that little tube of toothpaste your dentist gives you — marketers like to give away free samples in hopes that we’ll like their product and actually purchase it. Plenty of legitimate businesses are happy to let us try a... Read More

As Memory Fades, Emotions Live On

February 15, 2018 — If you have a friend or loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you might wonder whether the things you do with them have any benefit. “I took Mom out to lunch, and she doesn’t even remember,” sighed one daughter. But here’s some research that confirms what most caregivers sense: people with... Read More

The FDA Recommends Four-Step Plan for Senior Medication Safety

February 15, 2018 — The medications we take help us manage a variety of health conditions that become more common as we grow older, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and sleep problems. Yet we might take so many medications that managing them is a health problem itself! Our bodies process substances differently as... Read More

What About Those New Blood Pressure Recommendations?

January 23, 2018 — Hypertension (commonly called high blood pressure) means that the force of blood that pushes against the walls of our arteries is too high. Your healthcare provider measures your blood pressure with a special instrument, and records systolic pressure (your blood pressure during heartbeats) and your diastolic pressure (the pressure when your heart is resting between... Read More