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Senior Care

August 27, 2020

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance that highlights the importance of vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that immunizations help to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. The CDC reports that adults 50 years and older should talk with their doctor about recommended vaccines, which include the seasonal flu (influenza), shingles, and Td or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccines. Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles and the risk for developing shingles increases with age, according to the CDC. Additionally, more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older. Because our immune systems weaken as we age, your doctor may recommend the following vaccines:

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August 05, 2020

Heart failure is a common but serious condition that requires medical care. Approximately 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Heart failure is a health condition in which:

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March 18, 2020

The Alzheimer’s Association released its 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, which provides an in-depth look at the latest statistics and information on Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality, costs of care, and impact on caregivers in the United States and in California. The statistics show that the Alzheimer’s burden in the U.S. and our state continues to grow. Here are some key takeaways from the report:

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March 13, 2020

Malnutrition is a serious health issue that affects the senior population. Malnutrition and unintentional weight loss in seniors can cause significant declines in health, resulting in:

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February 13, 2020

Early and ongoing legal and financial planning and review are critical for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Unfortunately, many families are not prepared to manage the legal and financial impacts of an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. Medical, legal, and financial experts encourage seniors recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or another serious illness that causes decline in mental and physical health to establish, review, and update advance directives as early as possible. The sooner legal and financial plans are put in place, the more likely the person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia will be able to participate in the planning process. 

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January 30, 2020

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Is you senior parent at risk for developing glaucoma and/or vision loss? Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and even blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 3 million Americans have glaucoma. While there is no cure for glaucoma, early detection can help people take preventive action to preserve their vision health.

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January 16, 2020

The thought of hiring in-home care can cause fear, concern, and anxiety for aging parents and their children. Denial and resistance toward seeking in-home care can cause the burden of caregiving to fall on family members. There are more than 40 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center. Sixty-one percent of unpaid caregivers are also employed.

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November 21, 2019

The skin is a very important part of the body. The skin is the body’s largest organ that plays a critical role in regulating body temperature and protecting the body’s muscles, bones, and organs from infection and disease. As we age, our skin often becomes wrinkled, thinner, and loses fat, which can cause scratches, cuts, and bumps to take longer to heal.

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November 05, 2019

California is battling several dangerous wildfires throughout the state. Does your senior parent live alone? Older adults are at an increased risk of dying in a fire, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In 2015, seniors suffered 40 percent of all fire deaths, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

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October 22, 2019

Does your senior parent live at home? To ensure that they live in a safe and accessible environment, consider making some home modifications to help your senior parent:

  • prevent falls and injuries,
  • reduce health problems,
  • increase feelings of confidence, and
  • increase mobility around the home.
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September 17, 2019

As we age, so does our digestive system. Approximately 40 percent of all older adults have one or more digestive system disorders each year, as the muscles in the digestive tract can become weak, stiff, and less efficient with age. Common digestive tract problems for seniors include:

  • Heartburn
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Gas
  • Stomach pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
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June 26, 2019

The body’s lungs are hard-working organs that serve two critical functions: get oxygen from the air into the body and remove carbon dioxide from the body. Unfortunately, our lungs are not immune to the passage of time and, as we age, so do our lungs. Therefore, it’s helpful to know how the lungs change with time, what’s considered a natural change, and what could be a signal that you should make an appointment with your doctor.

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April 30, 2019

Self-neglect is a general term used to describe a vulnerable adult living in a way that puts his or her health, safety, or well-being at risk,” according to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Vulnerable adults who neglect themselves may show the following signs:

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April 23, 2019

Nearly 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is a “type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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February 21, 2019

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, which occurs when the body does not get enough nutrients including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals, according to Medline Plus. “Maintaining a nutrient-dense diet is critically important for older adults because of the impact of food intake on health,” according to the Institute of Medicine (US) Food Forum. “Years of research have demonstrated that diet quality has a huge effect on physical condition, cognitive condition, bone health, eye health, vascular function, and the immune system.”

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February 07, 2019

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluids than it takes in. When the body does not have enough water or other fluids, it cannot carry out proper digestion and other normal functions. Drinking enough fluids is essential for healthy aging, as dehydration is especially dangerous for older adults. Seniors often struggle with dehydration as, with age, some people may lose their sense of thirst. This is caused by chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and dementia, and by medication side effects. Dehydration can also be caused by immobility, as older adults may not have the physical ability to walk to the kitchen, reach for a glass or water bottle, etc.

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January 30, 2019

More than 1 in 3 people age 65 years and older falls each year, according to the National Institute on Aging. Major risk factors for falling include muscle weakness and problems with balance. Exercise programs aimed at improving balance help reduce falls that cause injuries by 37 percent, reduce falls leading to serious injuries by 43 percent, and reduce broken bones by 61 percent, according to a study highlighted in an article published by Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School. 

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January 18, 2019

The skin helps to protect the body in many ways, as it acts as the body’s first line of defense against bacteria and other environmental hazards that can cause illness. As the human body ages, skin can become thinner and lose fat, which can cause the body to be at a higher risk for infection, as unhealthy skin can cause delays in healing from scratches and cuts, and can expose the body’s veins and bones. Do you or your senior parent experience the following signs and symptoms of unhealthy skin?

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January 04, 2019

More than 6,700 people 65 and older were killed in traffic crashes in 2016 – 18 percent of all traffic fatalities – according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Driving can become challenging for older adults, which can result in traffic accidents, injury, and violations. To remain safe as a senior driver, it’s important to recognize the physical and mental changes associated with age that can compromise driver safety.

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October 31, 2018

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and serves as a critical reminder for us to emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene in older adults. 

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May 01, 2018

Older Americans Month was established in 1963 in order to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our nation. When Older Americans Month was founded, only 17 million living Americans were age 65 and older. At this time, nearly one-third of older Americans lived in poverty, and few programs existed to meet their needs. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to the declaration of May as Senior Citizens Month, the prelude to Older Americans Month.

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April 11, 2018

Osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 women ages 65 and over, and is more common in women than in men (osteoporosis affects 1 in 17 men ages 65 and over), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many people with osteoporosis do not know that they have osteoporosis until they break a bone.

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April 01, 2018

The late stages of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia may last from several weeks to several years, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. As the disease progresses, intensive, around-the-clock care is usually required.

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January 16, 2018

Identity theft is a “crime where a thief steals your personal information, such as your full name or social security number, to commit fraud. The identity thief can use your information to fraudulently apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services,” according to USA.gov.

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December 28, 2017

Depression is not a normal part of aging, and has been identified and a treatable medical condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Seniors aged 65 and older are at an increased risk for experiencing depression.

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March 20, 2017

Abuse can occur anywhere, including at your senior parent’s home or at an assisted living community. Seniors suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are targets for abuse, as their disease may prevent them from reporting or recognizing abusive behavior. Both family and professional caregivers are most often the abusers of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and may seniors even fall prey to strangers willing to take advantage of their cognitive impairment.

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December 29, 2016

Falls are serious and costly for those 65 and older. More than 2.8 million people 65 and older are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Is your senior parent susceptible to falls?

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October 03, 2016

There’s a reason why the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is well known and often voiced – apples provide numerous health benefits.

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