What Do Seniors Need? Transportation!

Polls show that getting a ride to doctor appointments and social activities is a big challenge for older adults today.

Infographic: Make Oral Health a Top Priority

Whether you have a mouth full of crowns and implants … or you wear dentures … or your teeth are still in pretty good shape, it's important to know that oral health is linked with overall health in our later years.

Six Ways Family Caregivers Can Practice Self-Compassion

Treating ourselves with kindness and consideration isn't always easy — but it's a life skill worth learning!

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Rooms

Doesn't it seem like you always get sick or suffer an injury at a time when your doctor’s office isn’t open? Today, there are options.

In Time for the Fourth of July, a New Look at Senior Independence

All through life, most of us have the desire to feel in control of our own lives. The changes that come with aging can make that a real challenge.

Infographic: Keep Cool This Summer

It's summertime! Did you know that of all weather-related emergencies, extreme heat is the most dangerous for seniors?

"My Birthday's in Three Months — Where's My Social Security Statement?"

The Social Security Administration has gone online, but only a minority of American workers have followed them there. Here's why it’s important to create a mySocialSecurity account.

Vacations for Seniors With Limited Mobility

Many retirees plan to spend some of that new-found extra time traveling! If they're facing health challenges, planning ahead can ensure a great trip.

Family Caregivers Need a Vacation, Too!

Are you envious of people who are planning a summer trip? Don't dismiss the possibility of taking your own getaway.

Infographic: 10 Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

More and more older adults today live far away from their adults children. How can they all stay connected, even as senior loved ones' care needs change?

Seniors With Dementia Are a Top Target for Con Artists

Seniors lose close to $3 billion per year to fraud — and those with memory loss are at especially high risk. What can we do to protect these vulnerable elders?

12 Questions on Discovering and Communicating the Need for Care

A recent Right at Home webinar offered tips for healthcare providers and family caregivers.

Seven Things You Shouldn't Hide From Your Doctor

Did you know that fewer than 20 percent of patients are entirely truthful with their healthcare provider? What things do they fib about … and why shouldn't they?

Older Americans Month 2019 Infographic

This year’s theme is "Connect, Create, Contribute." Check out ways seniors are doing just that!

May Is National Arthritis Awareness Month

In-home care improves the quality of life and preserves the independence of seniors living with this condition.

Personal Care Assessment vs. Skilled Care Assessment

When a Right at Home office is contacted for service, the first step is to conduct a professional assessment of a client's needs.

To Meet Your Life Goals, Focus on Your Health Goals

Many choices we make when we're younger can affect our health and well-being when we're older. Experts say focusing on our "bucket list" can keep us motivated.

Brain Health Infographic

Maintaining our memory and thinking skills is partly a matter of genes — but there are plenty of brain-friendly lifestyle choices we can make, too!

Think You're Too Old to Be an Organ Donor? You Most Likely Aren't!

April is National Donate Life Month. Every year, thousands of people die while waiting for an organ transplant. If more seniors signed up to be donors, imagine how many lives could be saved!

Fighting Parkinson's With Boxing

Meet Right at Home Palm Beach owner Bruce Gropper, who is part of an innovative exercise program.

Supporting Family Caregivers Is Everyone's Job!

Not a caregiver? This is an issue that still affects you. Learn how you can be an advocate for these important people.

Feeling Groggy After Daylight Saving Time? You're Not Alone.

Appropriately enough, National Sleep Awareness Week begins on the day when we set our clocks ahead one hour. Can we make that transition smoothly?

National Nutrition Month Infographic

Check out this month's infographic to find ten great foods to eat more of!

5 "Health" Foods That Really Are Bad for You

These products may actually be loaded with sugar, fat and other ingredients that aren't healthy at all!

Caregiver Spouses Need Help!

With the aging of our population, more Americans are providing care for a husband, wife or partner who is living with health problems.

Brain Health and Sensory Health: A Two-Way Street

There's ample evidence that hearing loss and visual impairment raise one's risk of Alzheimer's disease. But is the opposite true? And what about our senses of smell, taste and touch?

American Heart Month Infographic

Here are things you should know — and discuss with your healthcare provider.

Caregiver Took WWII Veteran on a Trip Down Memory Lane

Meet a Right at Home personal care assistant who recently went on a meaningful road trip with a 90-year-old client.

"I Love My Dad, but I Feel So Sad"

We grieve when a loved one passes away. And many family caregivers experience anticipatory grief — a sense of loss even when their loved one is still living.

Infographic: A Safer 2019

Here’s fun infographic to remind seniors and their families about the great ways home care can improve their lives.

Five Surprising Things That Can Damage Vision

Eye care experts warn about serious, but preventable, things that could affect our eyesight.

Sundowning and Dementia: How to Manage Signs and Symptoms

Sleep disturbances can be a challenge when a loved one has Alzheimer's disease or a related condition. What can help?

Four Great Tips for Brain-Healthy Holidays

Getting ready for those traditional celebrations? Take a few minutes to think about the gift of brain care, as well!

Dec. 3 – 7, 2018, Is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Worried about whether a senior loved one is safe behind the wheel? Check out some tips from the nation's foremost senior driving experts.

Helping Senior Loved Ones Manage Multiple Health Conditions

Remembering to take medications, go to health appointments and follow the doctor's orders can be challenging when a person has one health condition — and, say experts, 80 percent of today's seniors are dealing with many.

Guide to Long-Distance Caregiving

You want to help an older relative, but you don't live nearby. How can you keep your loved one safe even with miles between you?

“Should We Be Worried About Dad’s Memory?”

During holiday visits, families often notice that an older loved one is having problems with memory and thinking. What are some signs that an elder should be evaluated?

Spread the Word About Diabetic Eye Disease

Learn what people with diabetes can do to avoid a leading cause of vision loss.

Living at Home With COPD

Effective management of this common lung disease can make all the difference in the life of an older loved one. Home care can help!

Caring for Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Right at Home caregiver Tamisha Taylor shares her experiences.

Q & A: October 15 – December 7 Is Medicare Open Enrollment

If you or a loved one is on Medicare, you might be tempted to just continue on with last year's plan. This could be a costly mistake!

Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

When seniors go outdoors — whether it's to a National Park or their own back yard — they gain many health benefits.

October 1 Is the International Day of Older Persons

This year's theme is "Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions," emphasizing how important it is to improve our attitude about aging.

Vaccines for Seniors Covered by Medicare

Some people think immunizations are only for kids. But seniors, too, are at higher risk of complications from a number of preventable diseases—and Medicare may pick up some or most of the tab.

Looking Ahead to Retirement: It's Not Just About the Money

Baby boomers are finding that leaving the paid workforce is more complicated than it used to be. When should they retire — and how can they ensure meaningful, secure retirement years?

Talk to the Grandkids About Brain Health

September 9 is Grandparents Day — a great time to share insights with grandchildren that could help them stave off dementia in their own later years.

Millennials, Welcome to Caregiving!

There's a stereotype that today's young adults are self-centered, but that's not proving to be the case when this generation is called upon to support the well-being of older loved ones! How can we all, in turn, help these younger caregivers?

Create a Music Playlist for Someone With Alzheimer's/Dementia

Studies show music can help people with memory loss access hidden recollections. But it needs to be the right music, say experts.

How Can We Get Mom to Exercise?

A new study links a sedentary lifestyle with 14 fatal conditions. This should motivate us all to get off the couch, and to help senior loved ones do the same.

A New Look at Seniors and Anxiety

Recent research shows that most people experience an increased sense of peace with age. If an older loved one seems to worry a lot, they may be suffering from a treatable disorder.

"I'm Over 65 – What Shots Do I Need?"

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu epidemic, a reminder that immunizations can protect us from a host of dangerous diseases.

Caregiver Navigates Through Chaos, Preserves Seniors' Dignity

Angel Benavides doesn't call herself a hero — but survivors of Hurricane Harvey would disagree!

A World of Aging

From senior discos in Korea, elderly security patrols in China and "rent a grandkid" services in India, read about innovative and creative trends in global aging.

Senior Self-Neglect and What Families Can Do About It

Elder abuse is a serious crime. But what an older adult's choices put their own health and safety at risk?

10 Things to Know Right Away When a Loved One Is Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease

After a series of tests, the doctor Mom's behavior and memory changes are most likely due to Alzheimer's disease. What now?

Finding Life's Purpose After the End of Spousal Caregiving

Right at Home caregiver George Mattera found new meaning in life working with clients who have Alzheimer's disease and other memory loss.

Health Tips From a Father's Day Card

Father's Day cards often feature fishing, golf, grilling and beer. Play YOUR cards right and begin a conversation with Dad about ways to improve his health.

Are We Facing a Family Caregiver Shortage?

Changing lifestyles coupled with increased longevity mean that more and more of us will be on our own when we need care as we grow older.

8 Ways to Protect Seniors From Head Injuries

We hear a lot today about head injuries among young athletes. But experts remind us that older adults are at highest risk of suffering brain damage from these injuries.

"We Are Downsizing, but What About Our Stuff?"

A senior move manager offers some great advice — and a wake-up call — about dealing with a lifetime of possessions.

Is Multigenerational Living Right for Our Family?

More households today have two, three and even four generations under the same roof. What's behind this trend, and what can help the arrangement succeed?

The Latest Schemes Targeting Older Adults

Here's some information to share with senior loved ones that can help them avoid being defrauded or purchasing useless products.

Getting Better Sleep When Your Loved One Has Dementia

It's a cycle to avoid: People with Alzheimer's disease experience disturbed sleep, which keeps family caregivers up at night and might raise their own risk of memory loss.

10 Frequently Asked Questions for Registered Dietitians

Right at Home owner Amy Mack is uniquely qualified to provide the answers!

Pain Control Without Opioids: What Are the Options?

Senior patients are finding it much less likely that a doctor will prescribe codeine, oxycontin or hydrocodone, even after surgery. Does this mean their pain will go untreated?

Genes, Lifestyle and the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

More people are taking a test to find out if they have the APOE4 gene, which raises the risk of Alzheimer's. Even if results show they're among the 25 percent of people who do, there's plenty of hope.

The Other Senior Weight Problem

Today we read so much about the many negative health effects of obesity. But for seniors, being underweight can be just as bad. Why do seniors experience unintended weight loss, and what can be done?

Former Teacher, Now Caregiver Provides Meaningful Alzheimer's Care

Meet caregiver Lawrence Burney, who brought the insights of his teaching career to his new job providing care for clients with memory loss.

Helping Senior Loved Ones Expand Their Social Horizons

Older adults with health challenges may rely more and more on family for social connections. But this may not be ideal for your loved one or for you, say experts.

The CDC Tells Seniors: Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!

Older adults who consume the recommended amount of produce have on average the memory and thinking skills of a person 11 years younger, says a team of neurologists.

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Don't let fear or embarrassment keep you from getting screenings that could save your life.

Common Misconceptions About CNAs and LPNs

A Right at Home owner says many people underestimate the vital role certified nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses play in keeping seniors healthy and safe.

What Did Experts Learn About Senior Falls During 2017?

Research continues to refine our understanding of this health problem, which takes the lives of almost 30,000 older adults in America each year.

Five Caregiving Lessons We Can Learn From Our Ancient Past

Humans of long, long ago took care of their elders. It may have helped our species survive, say experts.

Is "Broken Heart Syndrome" Real?

Cardiologist say that grieving a painful loss, such as the death of a spouse, might put a person at higher risk of certain heart problems.

The Role Nutrition Plays During Cancer Treatment

Right at Home's director of quality care shares information to help family caregivers whose loved one is undergoing chemotherapy.

The Retirement Age Is Rising, and So Are the Health Problems of Seniors

The Social Security full retirement age is edging upward. Will future seniors be well enough to work a little longer?

We’re Three Time Zones Apart. How Can I Take Care of Mom and Dad?

When you live far away from elderly loved ones, the term "long-distance relationship" takes on new meaning!

A Cure for Cyberchondria

It's an ailment for our time: Web surfers develop anxiety as they try to diagnose their symptoms online.

Celebrities Who Have Glaucoma

Anyone can get this sight-robbing condition — including the rich and famous!

Seven Great Holiday Gifts for the Family Caregivers in Your Life

Forget the slippers or necktie — here are some things caregivers can really use!

The Baby Boomers Take Stock

"Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" … "Never trust anyone over 30"… How are those youthful slogans working for the children of the 50s and 60s?

Preserving Your Loved One's Dignity With Home Care

Person-centered care helps seniors feel more independent, and normalizes family relationships.

Seniors Bullying Seniors

"Mean girl" groups, aggressive behavior to others, gossip and shunning — these behaviors aren't confined to middle school kids, reports a Right at Home owner.

Is Your Smartphone Making You Feel Not So Smart?

We love our devices! But they could have certain negative effects on our quality of life and even our health, say experts.

In-Home Care Helps Seniors Manage Diabetes

Family are often called upon to help an older loved one monitor their blood sugar, take their insulin, and follow a diabetic diet. This can be stressful for everyone!

A Time to Give and a Time to Give Thanks

The twin impulses of generosity and gratitude benefit our mental and even physical health. More good news: They both increase with age.

Understanding the Dementia Experience

An innovative simulation helps family caregivers and professionals empathize with people who are living with Alzheimer's disease or a related condition.

A Senior-Savvy Police Force

Gerontologists urge law enforcement agencies to improve encounters with older adults.

Coming Home After Joint Replacement Surgery

Recovery in a patient's own home after a hip or knee replacement offers many advantages.

Is Your Pet Prepared for Emergencies?

History shows that when a natural or manmade disaster strikes, people balk at evacuating if they must leave beloved companion animals behind.

Five Signs a Family Caregiver Needs Help

When should you worry about a friend who is providing care for an elderly loved one?

Connecting the Generations

Seniors suffer from a lack of engagement with younger people.

Should You Quit Your Job to Care for a Loved One?

Before making the decision, consider the pros and cons, and optional solutions.

The Rate of Senior Falls Is Not Falling

Hospitals report a steep uptick in serious head injuries — and seniors, not athletes, accounted for most of the increase, says the CDC.

Arthritis and Tai Chi

This mind-body practice offers many benefits—but is it safe for people with joint pain?

Five Caregiver Pet Peeves

The brother who never visits … the friend who does, but ignores your loved one … the "swooper" … If you have a friend or family member who is caring for an elderly loved one, you'll want to check out this list of things not to do.

The Right Clothes for Senior Independence

As seniors deal with physical and cognitive challenges, their wardrobes most likely can use some updating.

For Seniors, Delirium Is a Hospital Hazard

Families should learn the symptoms of this condition so they can alert medical personnel if needed.

How to Create an Emergency Health Information Checklist

If a health emergency strikes, you need up-to-date information about your health conditions, healthcare providers and more—at your fingertips.

"I'm Not a Caregiver … Yet!"

Planning ahead for caregiving is an important part of healthy aging.

Avoiding Computer Vision Syndrome

It's a new ailment of our times, but a few simple steps can help us reduce the problem.

Exercise Can Save Your Life. Can It Save You Money?

Experts crunch the data and find that physically active people spend less on healthcare, even if they're living with a health condition.

Veterans Helping Veterans

Meet two Right at Home owners who having served their country during wartime, now devote much of their time to the well-being of fellow veterans.

Men Underestimate Their Risk of Osteoporosis

June 12 – 18, 2017, is National Men’s Health Week, a great time to remind the dads, husbands, sons and the other men in our lives to be screened for this potentially debilitating condition.

A Delicious Way to Improve Your Health

This year, studies continue to confirm the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

June 15 Is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Senior care experts call for increased resources to fight this growing crime.

Benefits of Owning Pets

Our furry friends provide a mood boost and unconditional love—but what if a senior with health challenges has trouble caring for a beloved pet?

Five Things We Think Are "Just a Part of Growing Older"—But May Not Be

If we assume certain symptoms are due merely to our advanced years, we might miss out on treatment that could protect our health

Supporting Family Caregivers After a Loved One's Stroke

Rehabilitation helps stroke survivors recover. In-home care helps families help their loved one.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Every year, thousands of car crashes happen when a driver falls asleep behind the wheel. Learn the danger signs before your next road trip!

Online Buzz: Women Inventors Who Changed Our Lives

Today's budding female scientists can take inspiration from the innovative women who came before them.

Growing Awareness of a Senior Epidemic

"Unbefriended" elders are vulnerable to a host of health problems.

Managing High Blood Pressure With In-Home Care

Does your loved one have "white coat hypertension"? "Masked hypertension"? There are a lot of things to know when a senior has high blood pressure!

Warn Senior Friends and Loved Ones About IRS Scams

"You owe back taxes! Pay right now or go to jail!" Con artists impersonating the Internal Revenue Service may call, email and even text their victims. Learn how to spot these fraudsters.

Online Buzz: Benefits of Art Therapy

Art is about a lot more than making a beautiful thing!

When a Senior Loved One Has a Gambling Problem

Casinos today cater to older adults. For some, it's a pleasant day betting a few dollars. But for others, it's a serious habit.

In-Home Care Supports Good Nutrition for People With Alzheimer's

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.

Balance Problems Linked to 152,000 Deaths in U.S. Annually


Think you don't have a balance problem? If you're older than 40, you might be less steady than you think!

Online Buzz: Suggestions to Diminish Caregiver Expenses

Caregiving costs can add up fast. Don't miss out on tax breaks and other ways to save your money.

February Is Low Vision Awareness Month

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.

When the Caregiving Dynamic Is Complicated

What happens when you agree to provide care for an elderly parent, but your relationship with Mom or Dad has been difficult?

Women Less Likely to Recognize, Report Heart Attack Symptoms

In the past, cardiac research focused on male subjects. We now know that heart health issues may be different for the opposite sex.

Online Buzz: Favorite Inventions of Your Generation

The airplane, phonograph, automobile and motion picture were just a few of the most notable inventions of years gone by. What would you list as the most-appreciated scientific invention of your generation?

Science Organization With 300 Nobel Laureates Confirms: Caregivers Need Help

The leading scientific organization in the U.S. calls for greater recognition and support for family caregivers, the bedrock of our elder care system.

Was "Drink Less Alcohol" on Your List of New Year’s Resolutions?

Did you know that seniors today consume more alcohol than their counterparts of previous generations? This can put their health at serious risk.

Protecting Senior Loved Ones From Air Pollution

Tiny particles in the air we breathe can damage our heart, lungs and brain. Older adults are at highest risk.

Online Buzz: 5 Things We Learned From Reagan's Alzheimer's and Thatcher's Dementia

These powerful world leaders both struggled with cognitive decline.

Hosting the Holidays When Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

You've always held a holiday party at your house, but now Mom has been diagnosed with dementia. Should you skip it this year?

Wintertime Wellness for Senior Loved Ones

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?

Eat More of This for a Healthy Aging Boost

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!

Online Buzz: Too Much Television Is Bad for You

Mom was right! Research shows that binge watching affects our health, and not in a good way.

Seven Myths That Lead to Caregiver Guilt

November is Family Caregivers Month. Learn about a set of "I shoulds" that can make even the most conscientious caregiver feel bad.

Dementia Care the Musical 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.

Concern for Seniors Cuts Across Party Lines

Most Americans want to grow older in their own homes. What can our government agencies do to help make this possible?

Online Buzz: Financial Advice for Widows

Grief from losing a spouse is magnified by uncertainty about legal and financial matters.

Seniors and Medications: The Good, the Bad and the Dangerous

It's a balancing act: The medicines we take help us manage health conditions, but improperly used, they also can imperil our health.

A High-Tech Reminder That Sneezes Spread Diseases

A team of physicists is studying the mechanism of coughing and sneezing. Check out the video!

Six Reasons to Tell the Doctor About Memory Problems

Many seniors who notice problems with memory and thinking are inclined to downplay the situation. Here's why that's not a good idea.

Online Buzz: Getting Around When You No Longer Drive

Giving up the car keys is a big deal for many seniors! Learn about options ahead of time to smooth the transition.

A Labor Day Salute to Senior Workers

More older Americans than ever are working past the traditional age of retirement. How are companies changing to meet their needs?

The Complex Family Dynamics of Fall Prevention

September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Have you talked about this topic with senior loved ones? How did the conversation go?

Talking About Suicide With Senior Loved Ones

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.

Online Buzz: Boomers Returning to the Movies

America's seniors are filling movie theaters in record numbers to watch Hollywood’s mature actors reinvent themselves on the big screen.

Stepping In, Stepping Up: Legal Issues for Family Caregivers

Durable powers of attorney, guardianship, employee responsibilities—all may come into play when a senior loved one needs help.

Pneumococcal Immunization: What Seniors and Caregivers Should Know

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.

"I Have Arthritis. Is Yoga Right for Me?"

More Americans than ever are taking yoga classes. Is this a safe practice for people with painful joints?

Online Buzz: Medical Skepticism Over Brain Games

Brain games are a billion-dollar industry today. But do they really help us improve our memory and thinking?

Budget Tips for the Sandwich Generation


More young adults than ever before live with their parents—who also might be providing support for elderly relatives.

Seven Stress-Busting Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Providing care for a loved one with dementia can significantly raise the caregiver's risk of heart disease, depression, even dementia.

Helping Senior Relatives Get the Hang of Facebook

Today's families keep in touch through social media. If older loved ones aren't on board, they can miss out.

Online Buzz: Biomarkers Help Predict Illness

Today, sophisticated measurements make diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions more accurate than ever.

This Summer, Drink to Your Health!

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!

Experts Say the Rate of Dementia Is Declining

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?

"Oh, My Aching Back!"

Modern life and growing older both put us at high risk of lower back pain.

Online Buzz: Meet Right at Home's 2016 National Caregiver of the Year

Marie Hargain has been called "the dream caregiver." Find out why and learn more about this inspiring Right at Home team member.

When Family Members Disagree About Elder Care

When "Mom loved you best!" and "What's best for Mom?" collide, putting aside old resentments is a necessary first step.

Listen Up! Treating Hearing Loss Promptly Is Important

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. Did you know that hearing loss raises the risk of depression, dementia, falls, and even hospitalization?

Preserving Social Connections When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

The need to spend time with others is a powerful human need, even when a person is living with memory loss.

Online Buzz: Touchscreen Tech Trends Are Helping Grandparents Connect!

Many older adults have been left out of the communications revolution, but new senior-friendly technologies promise to remedy that.

Baby Boomers Need to Talk About Care

Boomers have a reputation for being health-conscious, but they and their adult children should know they may need more care than their parents did.

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Evidence shows that talking on the phone, texting and other activities behind the wheel are as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

One Change Can Help You Salvage Your Spring Diet

With every meal you prepare at home, you've been selecting healthy ingredients and counting calories. What went wrong?

Online Buzz: Sleep Deprivation and Alzheimer's Disease

People with dementia often experience poor sleep. Could the opposite also be true?

Is This Senior Patient Ready to Go Home?

Older patients may overstate their ability to take care of themselves after hospital discharge, say experts.

March Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Month

Recovering from surgery, taking a long-distance plane trip and even obsessive video gaming can raise the risk of a dangerous condition.

Planning Ahead for Oral Health

Advances in dental care allow seniors to keep their teeth longer, but the cost should be considered during retirement planning.

Online Buzz: 4 Online Safety Tips for Older Adults

Phishing, phony sweepstakes and too-good-to-be-true offers ... cyber-scammers often target seniors.

If It's Time to Downsize

Are you or a loved one moving to a smaller place? Here are some tips to make the process more manageable.

Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers Ask: "Am I at Risk?"

Families often are confused about whether a loved one's Alzheimer’s disease is "in the genes."

Home Care Helps Seniors Who Are Living With Heart Failure

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.

Online Buzz: What Are Driver Rehab Specialists and How Do They Help Seniors?

When families are unsure whether an elder is safe behind the wheel, these experts can step in, providing an extra measure of safety for senior drivers, and peace of mind for family.

Happy New Year, Happier Older Years

Put a few items on your list of New Year's resolutions that will benefit you well beyond 2016.

Small Steps Add Up for Senior Fitness

If exercise is on your list of New Year's resolutions, read about studies released in 2015 that offer encouraging news.

Darker Days May Bring Depression

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.

Online Buzz: Dreams and Grieving Go Hand in Hand

Psychologists tell us that bereavement dreams are common and follow a certain pattern.

When You Can't Be Home for the Holidays

If it's not possible to celebrate with your elderly parents, here are some ways to make their day as special as possible.

Make Fire Prevention a Holiday Tradition

As you brighten the winter months with candles, lights and greenery, be sure to take a few safety precautions.

It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

December 6–12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Protecting yourself from the flu also lowers the risk for vulnerable elder loved ones.

Online Buzz: The Alarming Numbers Behind Women and Alzheimer's

Women live longer—but that's not the only reason they are at higher risk of developing serious memory loss.

Showing Appreciation for Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Here are some great ways to honor these people who do so much for elderly loved ones.

Ten Tips for a More Meaningful, Healthy Thanksgiving

If you would be thankful for a little less stress, it might be time for some new traditions.

You're Never Too Old to Kick the Habit

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?

Online Buzz: The Overall Benefits of Dance

Dancing offers physical, mental and social benefits, which makes it a great form of brain exercise.

From the Cave to the Bedroom: Should We Practice "Paleo Sleeping Habits"?

Many activities of modern life can disrupt our natural sleep cycle.

Activities to Encourage Engagement in People With Dementia

Apathy is a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease. What can families do when a loved one seems withdrawn from the world around them?

Many Boomers Want to Age in (a New) Place


A surprising number of baby boomers are moving. Will their new homes be suitable if their care needs change?

Online Buzz: Grandparents Mending Fences

You've overstepped your boundaries when it comes to child-raising advice—now what?

When Family Caregiving Is Your Second Job

Today, more than half of family caregivers are also in the workforce. How can they successfully balance their two roles?

Ten Healthy Ways to Celebrate National Grandparents Day

Grandparents and grandchildren influence each other's physical and emotional well-being in many powerful ways.

Ovarian Cancer Risk Increases With Age

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. What should women know about the fifth leading cause of cancer death for females?

Online Buzz: Elderly Death by a Broken Heart

Is there something to the term "broken heart"? Medical research says yes.

Older and Wiser?

Online games go viral to help researchers dispel myths about aging brains.

Experts Predict a Growing Population of "Elder Orphans"

As the baby boomers age, up to one-fourth of them will be without family members who can provide care for them.

Home Care Supports Our Senior Neighbors

New studies reveal the health benefits of living in a neighborhood where we feel connected to others.

Online Buzz: The Millions of Millennials

Did you know that the baby boom generation has been surpassed in numbers by young people born between 1980 and 2000?

Diverse group of seniors bowling

Preparing for a Nation of Older Brains

How are seniors and society affected by normal age-related changes of memory and thinking?

Right at Home caregiver doing laundry with client.

When the Time Comes for Home Care: Five Things to Know

Some common concerns you might have while considering professional in-home care for yourself or a loved one.

Extreme Heat Is Most Dangerous Weather Emergency for Seniors

A major new study confirms the need to protect vulnerable older adults during high summer temperatures.

Thief stealing medical records.

Online Buzz: Don't Be a Victim of Medical Identity Theft

Protect yourself and senior loved ones from this growing crime problem.

Marriage in the Golden Years

June is the traditional month for weddings—and often, for Golden Wedding anniversaries. How does marriage affect healthy aging?

It Makes Sense

Diminished sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch make it harder for seniors to remain active and engaged. Professional in-home caregivers can help.

Dementia Care Experts Urge Replacing Psychiatric Drugs With DICE

Studies reveal alternatives to the antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs that have often been prescribed for people with Alzheimer's and related conditions.

Online Buzz: Baby Boomers Are Staying Put

Is retirement time also the time to downsize? A new survey reveals a surprising trend.

Five Brain Health Reminders for Family Caregivers

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.

The CDC Urges Baby Boomers to Be Tested for Hepatitis C

Americans who have just reached or are approaching their senior years are at highest risk of this potentially deadly disease.

Paying for In-Home Care

Home care helps millions of seniors remain safe and independent in their own homes. Most families pay for home care themselves, but they should be aware of all their options.

Online Buzz: U.S. Alzheimer’s Rate Is Declining

While the rate continues to increase in some countries, studies suggest that Americans are making lifestyle choices that lower their risk.

Talking to Senior Loved Ones About Scams

Every year, older adults lose billions of dollars to con artists. But there's an art to having a cautionary conversation on this topic with elderly relatives.

In-Home Care Supports Active Independence for Seniors

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.

Overdoing the Retirement Toasts

A new study finds that some seniors turn to alcohol after leaving the workplace.

Online Buzz: Elderly Drivers and Road Safety

It's a tough issue for older adults and the families who worry about them: Are Mom and Dad safe behind the wheel?

Do You Take Your E-Reader to Bed?

Feeling groggy in the morning? If you're reading yourself to sleep with a light-emitting electronic device, you may be sabotaging your sleep.

Include Care Support in Your Retirement Planning

We hope that our later years will be marked by good health. But our goal should be the best quality of life, even if things turn out differently.

March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases as we grow older. How can we prevent these potentially catastrophic events?

Online Buzz: Baby Boomers Still Divorcing at a High Rate

The overall divorce rate is dropping. But members of the boomer generation continue to call it quits even as they grow older.

Should You Tell a "Fiblet" to a Parent With Dementia?

Is telling the truth always the best policy? Professional geriatric care managers offer advice on a sensitive subject.

The Youngest Caregivers

Few people realize that today millions of children under the age of 18 are providing care for older loved ones.

Five Myths and Facts About Seniors and Supplements

Seniors spend billions each year on vitamins and herbal preparations. Are these products helpful? Are they safe?

Online Buzz: Backyard, High-Tech Cottages for Seniors Provide Peace of Mind for Caregivers

Here's an innovative new supportive housing option for older adults.

Eight Tips for New Caregivers

Suddenly, you’re a family caregiver! Now what? Experienced caregivers share some of their secrets.

Mental Exercise Helps the Brain "Work Around" the Damage of Alzheimer's Disease

Brain imaging shows that despite the presence of physical changes normally associated with dementia, some people remain mentally sharp.

Talk to Your Doctor About Home Blood Pressure Monitors, Drugstore Kiosks

Used improperly, these devices can produce misleading numbers.

Online Buzz: Prepaid Debit Cards Protect Seniors

Older adults are at higher risk of fraud, but may balk at having someone else control their money. Here’s a look at a good compromise.

Having the Talk About Home Care

Professional in-home care agencies report an uptick in information calls in early January. The reason? The holidays are the time when out-of-town relatives are most likely to visit their elderly loved ones—and to realize that these seniors need help!

10 Healthy Aging Tips for Santa

Dear Santa,

We know that at this time of year, your mailbox at the North Pole is overflowing! But we hope you'll take time to read our wish list for you—the gift of healthy lifestyle choices. We're making our list and checking it twice to find ways for you to stay active and engaged for years to come!

Why Does My Loved One Rummage and Hide Things?

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.

Online Buzz: Exercise Your Brain After Retirement

We've long heard that physical fitness contributes to improved overall health, but scientists are now proving that your brain needs its own fitness program, especially if you are retired or over 65. Neurobiologists use the term "neurobics" to describe the mental exercises that help prevent memory loss and sharpen brain function. Neurobics includes brainteasers, puzzles and other cognitive exercises.

Is Gluttony the Real Culprit in Our National Obesity Epidemic?

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?

When Your Loved One Comes Home From the Hospital

Maybe you've heard the term "quicker and sicker"? It’s true that patients are discharged from the hospital sooner these days after surgery or an illness.

November Is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

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.

Online Buzz: University-Based Retirement Communities Offer an Alternative to Traditional Retirement

Golf, bridge and bingo not exactly on your retirement list? How about football, zoology and theater? A growing number of American seniors are opting out of traditional retirement communities, lush with golf courses and nearby shopping, for university-based retirement communities, or UBRCs.

Getting More Caregiving Help From Your Siblings

When the needs of aging parents change, one adult child often ends up doing the lion's share of the caregiving. Maybe this child lives nearby while others don't. Maybe she gets along better with Mom or Dad. Maybe he is in a better position to ask for flextime at work. Gender assumptions might be a factor—Princeton University researcher Angelina Grigoryeva recently confirmed that in the U.S., daughters still provide more than twice the amount of care to aging parents.

Hospital Observation Care Can Be Costly for Medicare Patients

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.

Have the Flu or a Cold? Should You Exercise?

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?

Online Buzz: Skype Is the New Prozac

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.

U.S. Census: More Seniors Are Living With Disabilities, Fewer in Nursing Homes

In June 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau released "65+ in the United States: 2010," a major report about our nation's seniors, based on data collected during the most recent census. Said the Census Bureau's Enrique Lamas, "The findings, released with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, provide the most detailed information available on the demographic, economic, and health and wellness characteristics of this rapidly growing dynamic population."

Fall Prevention Research: The Bad News and the Good News

The National Council on Aging sponsors this event, which is held on the first day of fall each year. This year's theme is "Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow," reflecting the role of fitness and overall health in the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.

Dementia and Its Costs Soar Worldwide

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.

Online Buzz: Take a Trip, You'll Live Longer

Summer is almost over and the kids are heading back to school. For empty nesters, fall is the perfect season to take a vacation! Popular destinations and attractions are not as crowded, while the weather is still pleasant.

Deciding to Serve as a Family Caregiver: Eight Factors to Consider

In our rapidly aging society, more and more of us find ourselves transitioning into the role of caregiver for an older relative.

Driving When You Are Taking Medications

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?

Talking About the End of Life

Most of us tend to avoid thinking about our own death. Yet studies show that people who consider their own mortality are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices. Being in denial does not make us happier or healthier.

Online Buzz: Practicing Tai Chi Can Lead to Many Health Benefits for Elders

Perhaps you've seen or participated in the slow, fluid body motions of tai chi (tie-chee). If so, you are one of 2.3 million Americans who practice this graceful martial art that originated in China and is shown to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance self-confidence, and elevate overall well-being.

Spouse Caregivers in Sickness and in Health

These caregivers assist their spouses with medication management and many other medical/nursing tasks.

Home Care Agencies vs. Registries: What's the Difference?

Mom has fallen several times. She sometimes forgets to take her medications, the house is obviously not being kept up, and Dad, who has his own health problems, isn't strong enough to help her out of bed or to the bathroom. Family members help out at first, but busy as they are with jobs and other responsibilities, they are quickly overwhelmed by the caregiving and home maintenance tasks. The family realizes that it's time to hire an in-home caregiver.

Protect Senior Loved Ones From Tick-Borne Illness

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.

Online Buzz: Peanut Butter May Help Detect Alzheimer's

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.

Online Buzz: Peanut Butter May Help Detect Alzheimer's

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.

Online Buzz: Peanut Butter May Help Detect Alzheimer's

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.

Online Buzz: Peanut Butter May Help Detect Alzheimer's

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.

Online Buzz: Peanut Butter May Help Detect Alzheimer's

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.

Happiness and Healthy Aging: What's the Connection?

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.

Seven Great Ways In-Home Care Keeps Seniors Connected

From time to time, the Caring Right at Home newsletter has highlighted the ongoing research of University of Chicago’s Dr. John Cacioppo, whose groundbreaking work on the effect of loneliness has changed how we think about how seniors spend their time. Dr. Cacioppo has shown that loneliness is highly stressful for humans, raising the risk of hypertension, sleep disorders, depression and even Alzheimer’s disease.

People With Dementia and Family Caregivers Need More Help

An estimated 5.4 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, and 70 percent—most with mild to moderate dementia—are cared for in the community by family members and friends.

Online Buzz: Testing for Early Cognitive Troubles

How are a bicycle and a train similar? How many nickels are in 35 cents? These are two of the questions in a short assessment called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) that helps detect early signs of cognitive, memory and thinking difficulties. With just a pen and paper, test takers can answer the simple 22 questions in roughly 10–15 minutes.

The Dangers of Sitting

Most of us know that exercise is important for good health and optimum aging. If you take part in a regular activity program that includes at least 30 minutes each day of aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise, good for you! Yet if you spend the rest of the day at your desk or on the couch, you may be endangering your health.

Home Care Helps Seniors Manage Incontinence

Though it is a subject few people openly discuss, millions of senior Americans are living with urinary incontinence, a troublesome problem that, if not managed, can lead to infection, isolation, falls, inactivity and an overall decline in health.

May Is Healthy Vision Month

Each May, the National Eye Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health, empowers Americans to make their eye health a priority and educates them about steps they can take to protect their vision.

Online Buzz: Senior Centers Reinvent Themselves to Entice Baby Boomers

Many of today's baby boomers view traditional senior centers as archaic locations for the elderly who have limited physical and mental abilities or for older folks who basically socialize through bingo and crafts. Since a large percentage of America's boomers—age 55 and older—still work, travel often to see family or take frequent vacations, senior centers nationwide are starting to reinvent their image to attract these fit and active baby boomers.

Talking About the Future With Adult Children

Many Caring Right at Home readers are baby boomers who are providing care for their elderly parents. When it comes to planning for their own senior years, you would think these savvy people would have great communication with their own adult children! Yet studies show that even baby boomers often avoid these conversations until a health crisis or other challenge to independence arises.

April 6 - 13 Is National Volunteer Week

Seniors are volunteering in record numbers, supporting the health of our communities—and also their own health.

Online Buzz: Early-Life Concussions May Affect Brain Health in Later Years

If you've suffered a blackout concussion early in life, a new Mayo Clinic study shows your brain may be at risk for building up Alzheimer's-type plaques as you age. Published by the American Academy of Neurology, the research focuses on a test group of 589 individuals all 70 years and older.

Sleep Loss Is a Hidden Cost of Caregiving

Their 24/7 role means sleep deprivation for many family caregivers. What can they do to improve sleep?

Seniors More Motivated by Stories Than by Lectures

Do your older relatives shy away from discussing certain health topics? Talking about a similar but hypothetical situation may help the conversation along.

Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

The risk of kidney disease increases as we grow older. During National Kidney Month in March, the National Institutes of Health reminds us about the importance of early detection.

Online Buzz: The Caregiver Shortage Is Looming

Today's baby boomers help care for their aging parents, but who will be available in the future to help the boomers when they need care?

Thinking Ahead: Deciding Where to Live After Retirement

As we approach our senior years, deciding where to live is a major question. It's best to start thinking about it early. While we can't predict all the health and mobility challenges we might encounter as we enter our 70s, 80s and beyond, we can create a plan that allows for flexibility as our needs change.

Is It Time for the Talk About Safe Driving?

It seems that every week we hear a news report about an automobile accident involving a senior driver. Though National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures show that, in fact, the safest drivers of all are those aged 64 – 69, increased age almost inevitably brings physical and mental challenges to operating a motor vehicle. Vision problems, hearing loss, decreased reaction time, memory impairment, arthritis and reduced manual dexterity all can make driving unsafe past a certain point.

A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle: Just What the Doctor Ordered

February is American Heart Month, a time to spread awareness of the importance of heart health. This includes a heart-healthy lifestyle. Are doctors doing enough to help patients protect their cardiovascular wellness?

Online Buzz: Elder-Friendly Communities Are Lacking

Look out, America! Here comes the "age wave." Are we doing enough to create a safe, healthy environment for our elders?

Family Caregiver Resolutions for 2014

The holidays are over! If you are like most of us, you probably overextended yourself with decorating, shopping and cooking. And if you are one of our nation's 49 million family caregivers, you no doubt were feeling doubly stressed! Chances are that creating New Year’s resolutions never even made it onto your to-do list.

"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me ..."

We've all experienced it: You try to remember a word, a phone number, or—most commonly—someone’s name, and you just can’t quite bring it to mind. You feel like you are so close to finding the word in your head! Perhaps you have a vague sense of the first letter, or a picture in your mind of the item or person you're trying to remember. You snap your fingers a few times and say, "Oh you know, a whatchamacallit." And often as not, if you merely stop thinking about it for a few seconds, the word pops right into your mind.

Protecting Senior Skin During Cold Weather

Winter is dry skin season! And as we grow older, the normal changes in the thickness and elasticity of our skin make it more likely that cool temperatures and dry air will cause chapping, cracking and other uncomfortable skin conditions.

Online Buzz: Alzheimer's Cafes Are Havens of Comfort and Aid

The wildly popular 1980s "Cheers" television sitcom is well-known for its "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" theme song. Today, the people who attend the increasingly popular Alzheimer's Café or Memory Café understand the friendliness and familiarity of meeting face to face with folks in similar situations. Each café is a safe, relaxed place where people with Alzheimer's and other cognitive issues come together with their caregivers and family members for support and education.

Hosting a Safe Holiday Visit for Elderly Guests

A poll in the November 2013 issue of Caring Right at Home showed that many readers will be hosting family in their homes for the holidays. This is the time of year when families and friends come together to reconnect, to enjoy each other's company, and to celebrate traditions that are dear to them.

Home Care Helps Family Caregivers Beat Depression

Today, nearly one-third of all Americans—that's more than 45 million of us—are providing care for an elderly or disabled loved one. Caregiving can be tremendously rewarding. It is an integral part of human nature to take care of those we love.

Seniors May Be Targeted by Fake Charities

This is the time of year when many of us think about the joys of giving—not only gifts to family and friends, but also contributions to charities that serve those in need. More than half of all charitable giving takes place during the last three months of the year. This includes giving by seniors, who often donate to charities at this time. Our later years are a time when many of us feel increased motivation to make a difference in this way.

Online Buzz: Solving Discord in Multigenerational Homes

When parents, grandparents and grandchildren all live under the same roof, there are many rewards. But achieving intergenerational harmony may take a little work!

Seniors and Chronic Pain: The Home Care Perspective

More than half of all seniors who live at home are dealing with the challenges of chronic pain, which can lead to a decline in their health and independence. Fortunately, the field of pain research has come a long way in the past few decades. Neurologists and geriatricians are learning more about the mechanisms of pain and have a greater array of treatments to offer than ever before.

Old woman's hands holding an American flag

Older Veterans May Experience Delayed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Elderly veteran with flagProfessionals in the field of aging are taking a new look at the health issues of these older veterans, members of the "Greatest Generation" and the "Baby Boom," some of whom are now experiencing delayed or increased service-connected disabilities as the result of injuries experienced in combat.

During Holiday Visits, Discuss Financial Exploitation With Older Relatives

Elder financial abuse … isn't that a downer topic to talk about while the turkey is roasting and everyone is enjoying each other's company?

Actually, experts tell us, the holidays are a very good time to raise the subject. You might be surprised to learn that financial exploitation of elders is at its peak during the holiday season. And with sensitive subjects like this, a face-to-face meeting is best, especially when everyone in the family can participate and offer support and encouragement.

Online Buzz: Join the Latest Senior Citizen Craze and Go Back to College!

Today’s college-bound senior citizens are setting the pace for future generations to never stop learning. Will you be one of them?

Share Photos of Your Smiling Family in Our Generations of Smiles Contest and Win!

Right at Home is sponsoring the Generations of Smiles contest and you’re invited to participate!

The Looming Shortage of Family Caregivers


With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, our senior population is skyrocketing. Who will care for these seniors? A new report from the AARP is a wake-up call to prepare for a future that looks quite different from today’s elder care scenario.

Flu Season 2013-2014: Five Things Older Adults Should Do

Last year’s flu season was worse than most, with numerous cases of severe illness. What will this year bring? What should seniors and their families do to protect themselves from the flu and its complications?

It’s Open Enrollment Time: Should You Switch Your Medicare Part D Plan?

In a recent Caring Right at Home poll, more than one-third of respondents reported taking five or more medications. Medicines are beneficial in prolonging life and controlling many of the diseases and other health concerns that seniors experience, such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease. Sometimes the right medication can prevent hospitalization or reduce the length of a hospital stay.

Online Buzz: The Doctor Is Out

As America’s 77 million baby boomers head into their senior years, it’s getting harder to find geriatricians, the doctors who specialize in treating elderly people. Nationwide, only 7,200 certified geriatricians practice today (20 percent less than in 1996), and the American Geriatric Society estimates more than three times that many will be needed in the next decade.

Department of Labor Celebrates National Employ Older Workers Week

The last full week of September has been named National Employ Older Workers Week. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as our population ages, older employees will fill an increasingly important position in our economy and our leadership in the world marketplace.

A New Tool for Senior Nutrition

For years, nutritionists used the familiar "food pyramid" to demonstrate the recommended intake of the various food groups. Then in 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture replaced the pyramid with the MyPlate icon, a simpler visual display to remind Americans about the need for healthy eating.

Disaster Preparation for People With Diabetes

Before the next emergency strikes, work with your healthcare team to create a plan.

Online Buzz: Trace Your Ancestry Using the Internet

Every family has a unique story. Discovering more about your ancestors from decades past can be an enjoyable and educational project. Tracing your lineage may even surprise you with insights into your own personality, likes, dislikes and customs.

Is Living at Home a Safe Choice for Your Loved One?

Deciding where to live is an important part of planning for our senior years. Should we stay in our own home? Live with other family members? Move to a retirement community, assisted living or other supportive environment?

Exercise? But I'm a Family Caregiver!

Family caregivers are some of the busiest people around! These people who provide care for elderly or disabled relatives spend hours making sure their loved one is safe and well-cared for, often juggling work and other family responsibilities. Extra time to spend on their own needs is a scarce commodity.

Online Buzz: Prepare Now for Severe Weather

Extreme heat, floods, tornadoes … Mother Nature is a mad scientist! When you need home healthcare, you have enough challenges, but what about when a blizzard, hurricane or other natural disaster comes your way?

Daily Activities for People With Alzheimer's Disease

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?

Berry Power!

Berry shortcake is a Fourth of July favorite. Did you know these delicious little fruits are full of health-protective nutrients?

Living With Gout

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.

Online Buzz: Spousal Family Caregivers

For many couples, the "in sickness and in health" marriage vow plays out later in life with one of the spouses caring for the other. Perhaps an older spouse faces a chronic medical condition like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease or is recovering from a stroke or undergoing cancer treatment. Whenever an elderly husband or wife takes on a greater care role for the other spouse, a number of physical, emotional and financial challenges can occur.

Medication Management Prevents Unnecessary Hospital Trips for Seniors

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.

Airport Security Screening Tips for Senior Travelers

acation season is here! Are you traveling by plane this summer?  Here is some information to ensure that security screening goes smoothly for older adults with disabilities and medical conditions.

Do Caregivers Delay the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease?

Families may overlook cognitive and behavioral changes that could mean a loved one has Alzheimer's disease.

Online Buzz: Is Your Senior Loved One's Money Safe?

At first, the signs of misuse of a senior’s finances may seem quite innocuous—an unpaid bill or purchase of an item the older person doesn’t need. However, these may be initial warning signs that can lead to large or unexplained bank account withdrawals or transfers, unfamiliar signatures on checks and documents, and changes in banks, attorneys or wills.

In-Home Care Supports Stroke Recovery

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?

Selecting the Right Hearing Aid

"Dad, turn down the TV, it’s too loud!" This is often the first sign that an older loved one is experiencing hearing loss. Hearing loss can shut seniors out of conversations and make it difficult to hear instructions or even the doorbell. Almost a third of people older than age 60 have reduced ability to hear—yet many older adults are resistant to using hearing aids.

Alzheimer's Caregiving: Can You Help Too Much?

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.

Online Buzz: Home Safety Tips for Seniors

For seniors who live alone, staying safe is imperative. Recognizing the importance of keeping aging loved ones safe at home, Right at Home has compiled an extensive Home Safety Checklist for family caregivers to use to ensure their older loved ones avoid home safety hazards.

Little-Known Type of Dementia Affects 1.3 Million Americans

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.

Improving Family Dynamics With In-Home Care

Today’s family structure is more diverse than ever before. Families come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional nuclear families to multigenerational households to collections of people who choose to live as a family. Just as families are changing, caregiving also is changing. But one thing never changes: Older adults value their independence. Yet many seniors need help from others to be safe at home. They rely on spouses, adult children and other relatives who provide hands-on assistance and coordinate their care.

Aging at Home ... With Robots?

Robots have the potential to help older adults with daily activities that can become more challenging with age. But are people willing to use this new technology? A study by the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates the answer is yes, unless the tasks involve personal care or social activities.

Online Buzz: How to Keep the Peace in a Multigenerational Household

The recent economic recession, which has caused job losses and home foreclosures, and the increasing senior population have fueled an upsurge of three or more generations living under the same roof. Today, an estimated 51.5 million Americans live in multigenerational households.

Could Poor Sleep Rob You of Your Independence?

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.

Creating Appetizing Meals for Seniors

Good nutrition is vital for the health and well-being of older adults. Yet when it comes to eating well, this time of life brings challenges. Disabilities, chronic health conditions and medications can all affect the appetite. Taste and smell often decline. Missing teeth, uncomfortable dentures and digestive problems can make eating uncomfortable. And for many with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, MS or stroke, eating is more of a challenge than a pleasure.

March Is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month

March Is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month

Online Buzz: Compulsive Hoarding

Do you know someone who can’t throw anything away? "I may need it again someday!" they protest, and resist any encouragement from friends and family to discard useless objects.

Smile Your Stress Away

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!

In-Home Care Supports Senior Fall Prevention

Falls are a serious matter for older adults. Falls send more than 2 million seniors to the hospital every year, and sadly, many of them are subsequently unable to return to independent living. A serious fall resulting in a fractured hip, a dangerous laceration or a brain injury is often the trigger for a move to a nursing home.

Does Forgetting Words Signify the Beginning of Alzheimer's Disease?

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.

Online Buzz: Benefits of Acupuncture

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.

Fighting the Stigma of Alzheimer's Disease

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.

Supporting Single Seniors

The latest U.S. Census showed that fewer Americans are marrying, and fewer are having children. The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) recently urged federal, state and local agencies to ensure that all seniors are served, regardless of marital status. This includes attention to the challenges faced by single seniors.

Norovirus: What Seniors and Caregivers Should Know

This infection is more common than you might think—and seniors are at higher risk of dangerous complications.

Online Buzz: The Effects of Caffeine on Seniors

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.