March Is National Nutrition Month, a good time to focus on the special dietary challenges of seniors who are living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
Seniors are at higher risk of sight-robbing eye conditions. Vision rehabilitation helps them make the most of their vision and learn new ways of doing things.
What happens when you agree to provide care for an elderly parent, but your relationship with Mom or Dad has been difficult?
In the past, cardiac research focused on male subjects. We now know that heart health issues may be different for the opposite sex.
Did you know that seniors today consume more alcohol than their counterparts of previous generations? This can put their health at serious risk.
Tiny particles in the air we breathe can damage our heart, lungs and brain. Older adults are at highest risk.
These powerful world leaders both struggled with cognitive decline.
You've always held a holiday party at your house, but now Mom has been diagnosed with dementia. Should you skip it this year?
Icy sidewalks, power outages, and darker days that can lead to depression … what can we do to help our elderly relatives stay safe and healthy during the winter months?
A Caring Right at Home poll showed most of our readers gain a few pounds during the holidays. Here's a way to lessen weight gain and increase our health in myriad ways!
Mom was right! Research shows that binge watching affects our health, and not in a good way.
Music offers powerful emotional, intellectual and even physical benefits for people with memory loss. But experts caution that this therapy needs to be tailored to the person.
It's a balancing act: The medicines we take help us manage health conditions, but improperly used, they also can imperil our health.
A team of physicists is studying the mechanism of coughing and sneezing. Check out the video!
Many seniors who notice problems with memory and thinking are inclined to downplay the situation. Here's why that's not a good idea.
Older adults are at higher risk of suicide, and this age group also is the least likely to bring up the subject with family, friends or their doctor.
The CDC recommends two vaccines to protect people older than 65 from a serious infection that takes the lives of 18,000 seniors each year.
More Americans than ever are taking yoga classes. Is this a safe practice for people with painful joints?
Brain games are a billion-dollar industry today. But do they really help us improve our memory and thinking?
Providing care for a loved one with dementia can significantly raise the caregiver's risk of heart disease, depression, even dementia.
Today, sophisticated measurements make diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions more accurate than ever.
Most of us know to take in more fluids during the warmer months. But does it matter what we drink? Nutritionists assure us that it does!
The number of seniors living with Alzheimer's continues to climb—yet the percentage seems to be trending downward. What's behind this unexpected but welcome news?
Modern life and growing older both put us at high risk of lower back pain.
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. Did you know that hearing loss raises the risk of depression, dementia, falls, and even hospitalization?
The need to spend time with others is a powerful human need, even when a person is living with memory loss.
With every meal you prepare at home, you've been selecting healthy ingredients and counting calories. What went wrong?
People with dementia often experience poor sleep. Could the opposite also be true?
Older patients may overstate their ability to take care of themselves after hospital discharge, say experts.
Recovering from surgery, taking a long-distance plane trip and even obsessive video gaming can raise the risk of a dangerous condition.
Advances in dental care allow seniors to keep their teeth longer, but the cost should be considered during retirement planning.
Families often are confused about whether a loved one's Alzheimer’s disease is "in the genes."
Exercise, diet and ongoing medical monitoring ensure the best quality of life for seniors with heart failure—yet the condition makes it hard to do these things.
If exercise is on your list of New Year's resolutions, read about studies released in 2015 that offer encouraging news.
After the holidays, it's common to feel a bit of a letdown. But a persistent sense of sadness may signal the need to talk to the healthcare provider.
Psychologists tell us that bereavement dreams are common and follow a certain pattern.
December 6–12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Protecting yourself from the flu also lowers the risk for vulnerable elder loved ones.
Women live longer—but that's not the only reason they are at higher risk of developing serious memory loss.
Today's seniors grew up in the Mad Men era, when smoking was socially acceptable and even considered healthy. How can older smokers overcome a habit of many decades?
Dancing offers physical, mental and social benefits, which makes it a great form of brain exercise.
Many activities of modern life can disrupt our natural sleep cycle.
Apathy is a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease. What can families do when a loved one seems withdrawn from the world around them?
Grandparents and grandchildren influence each other's physical and emotional well-being in many powerful ways.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. What should women know about the fifth leading cause of cancer death for females?
Is there something to the term "broken heart"? Medical research says yes.
Online games go viral to help researchers dispel myths about aging brains.
As the baby boomers age, up to one-fourth of them will be without family members who can provide care for them.
How are seniors and society affected by normal age-related changes of memory and thinking?
A major new study confirms the need to protect vulnerable older adults during high summer temperatures.
Diminished sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch make it harder for seniors to remain active and engaged. Professional in-home caregivers can help.
Studies reveal alternatives to the antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs that have often been prescribed for people with Alzheimer's and related conditions.
Family caregivers do so much for their loved ones that they sometimes neglect their own health—and that could put them at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.
Americans who have just reached or are approaching their senior years are at highest risk of this potentially deadly disease.
While the rate continues to increase in some countries, studies suggest that Americans are making lifestyle choices that lower their risk.
It's a paradox: Exercise is important for managing health conditions, yet chronic illness and adverse health events make it hard to be physically active.
A new study finds that some seniors turn to alcohol after leaving the workplace.
Feeling groggy in the morning? If you're reading yourself to sleep with a light-emitting electronic device, you may be sabotaging your sleep.
The risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases as we grow older. How can we prevent these potentially catastrophic events?
Is telling the truth always the best policy? Professional geriatric care managers offer advice on a sensitive subject.
Seniors spend billions each year on vitamins and herbal preparations. Are these products helpful? Are they safe?
Brain imaging shows that despite the presence of physical changes normally associated with dementia, some people remain mentally sharp.
Used improperly, these devices can produce misleading numbers.
When a person is living with Alzheimer's disease or a related condition, family caregivers are often troubled by changes in the way their loved one acts. These changes, sometimes referred to as "behaviors" or "negative behaviors," are better considered for what they truly are: expressions of the person's needs, as distorted by the effects of the disease. Empathy and understanding that there may be a rational reason behind seemingly irrational actions helps caregivers devise strategies for preserving their loved one's safety and dignity while making things easier for family.
If you're like many of us, November and December bring an unwanted holiday gift: a few extra pounds that show up when we step on the scale in January! Maybe you even got a head start by finishing off the leftover Halloween candy?
Earlier this year, the healthcare advocacy group Research!America polled a diverse group of people across the U.S. regarding their fears about various diseases and ailments. Many of the people polled said that blindness would be the worst health problem that could happen to them, even more so than Alzheimer's disease, cancer, or the loss of hearing or speech.
Some seniors think Medicare made a mistake. Others are stunned when they find out that being in a hospital for days doesn't always mean they were actually admitted. Instead, they received observation care, considered by Medicare to be an outpatient service. The observation designation means they can have higher out-of-pocket expenses and fewer Medicare benefits.
A poll in the August 2013 issue of Caring Right at Home yielded the good news that more than half of our readers exercise regularly. But what if you're sniffling and sneezing?
When doctors prescribe anti-depressants like Prozac or Cymbalta, seniors often balk at the idea because they prefer non-medication approaches. On restricted incomes, many elderly simply can't afford another prescription or psychotherapy. But medical and social researchers are investigating a new form of depression assistance for older adults—personal counseling via computer screen.
September is World Alzheimer's Month. Alzheimer's Disease International sponsors this recognition event to call attention to the global impact of Alzheimer's, which knows no boundaries.
Some of the physical and mental changes of aging can affect our driving abilities. It's important to know that medications seniors take also can make it unsafe to drive. What should you know before you pick up the car keys and pick up your next prescription?
This is the time of year when we get outside more. The fresh air, exercise and natural surroundings provide a real health boost! But this also is the season when people are more likely to contract an illness from the bite of a tick.
A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler may soon be a common tool for helping detect early-stage Alzheimer's disease. The Journal of the Neurological Sciences recently published a University of Florida study that used peanut butter to test for loss of smell in patients with suspect cognitive and memory impairment.
It seems obvious that good health in our later years would make it easier to enjoy life. Yet two recent reports from Canada show that the way we feel about life—and about ourselves—is intertwined with our health in a more complicated way.
Before the next emergency strikes, work with your healthcare team to create a plan.
As reported in the November 2012 issue of the Caring Right at Home e-newsletter, the majority of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and related conditions are living at home with the support of spouses, adult children and others who step in to serve as caregivers. Is living at home the best environment for these patients? And how do families cope with their loved one's increasing needs?
Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden attacks of intense pain in the joints. It occurs when uric acid, a bodily waste, builds up in the bloodstream and forms needle-like crystals that are deposited in the joints. The resulting inflammation causes swelling, redness, heat, pain and stiffness.
A recent poll in Caring Right at Home found that more than a third of respondents take five or more medications. Could the medicines we take send us to the hospital? As our population ages, medication management is more important than ever.
Most stroke survivors have the goal of returning to live independently at home. But even with the help of family caregivers, recovery can be a challenge. What support services promote the highest possible level of recovery?
A common misperception is that most people with Alzheimer’s disease live in nursing homes or other care facilities. While supportive living communities provide a safe living environment for many people with dementia, the majority live at home, supported by our nation’s 15 million Alzheimer’s family caregivers.
The STARZ Channel series "Boss," starring actor Kelsey Grammer, was the first time many Americans had ever heard of Lewy body dementia. In his Golden Globe-winning performance, Grammer portrayed the fictional Mayor Tom Kane of Chicago, who was struggling with the effects of the disease.
When you were a small child, you probably complained to your parents at bedtime: "Why do I have to go to sleep? It’s a waste of time!" Most of us spend about one-third of our life sleeping—but sleep remains a mystery to us. We don't think much about it until we encounter a sleep problem.
March Is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month
An earlier issue of Caring Right at Home examined the many healthy aging benefits of humor and laughter. Numerous studies reveal that laughing promotes physical, emotional, intellectual and social well-being. Now, an intriguing new study from the University of Kansas suggests that laughter’s more subdued cousin, the smile, also may offer health benefits—even if you are only faking that grin!
Has your memory failed you today, such as struggling to recall a word that's "on the tip of your tongue?" If so, you're not alone.
When some people hear the word "acupuncture," they immediately cringe in fear, while others applaud the alternative or supplemental medical treatment. Considered a part of traditional Chinese medicine practiced in Asian countries for nearly 2,000 years, acupuncture involves inserting extremely thin, solid metallic needles into key acupuncture points in the body. Acupuncture practitioners believe this helps correct imbalances in chi (CHEE), or natural energy flow in a person’s body, helping every part of the body work in harmony.
A recent report from Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) focused on negative attitudes about the disease and the impact on people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, as well as the effect on their families.
This infection is more common than you might think—and seniors are at higher risk of dangerous complications.
Drinking coffee and other caffeinated drinks is not something people readily give up. In one survey of people 64 years of age and older, almost 20 percent indicated they would rather give up sex than give up drinking coffee. While there are dangers associated with consuming too much caffeine, the effects of the stimulant on seniors in particular aren't all negative.