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Guest blogger Michael Longsdon shares his insights into helping those who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease when coping with the loss of loved ones.

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Winter is an incredible opportunity to curl up with a great book, read a magazine or watch a movie with the family. We're building Family Resources so you can exactly those things while you beat the winter chill indoors.

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Every year we invite the green lady to Thanksgiving; what heirloom item or tradition will be part of your Thanksgiving holiday?

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Many people in their golden years find themselves single, but still want companionship as much as they ever did.

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Seniors who have furry companions can find many benefits from these relationships.

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As we prepare to celebrate the winter holidays, our thoughts and best wishes are with you.This is the time of year that makes us feel extra grateful for our team of compassionate caregivers. 

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If you are an at-home senior care provider, you should be prepared for any medical emergency, so that you can act at a moment's notice to get your client to safety.

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It's very common for people to feel lonely or depressed during the holidays.

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Seniors are often seen as easy targets for scams, especially because scammers assume they have retirement money sitting around that can be easily taken.

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he Center For Disease Control classifies risk factors for falls into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic.

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If you provide home care for seniors, and you're looking to spend a little bit of downtime with your client or set them up in the living room while you're taking care of other responsibilities, Netflix might be your answer.

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No matter the season, your senior care services clients may want to plan a vacation.

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As a provider of elderly home care services, there's a good chance you've had to deal with some stressful situations, whether it was a medical emergency or a confused and frustrated client.

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It's important to develop positive relationships with the families of clients as well as the seniors themselves.

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When children grow up and move out of the house, it can be quite the adjustment for parents

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Loss of cognitive function and memory can happen as people age, especially if they suffer from an illness such as dementia or Alzheimer's.

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While eating ill-prepared or old food is not recommended for anyone, it's of greater importance that seniors, especially those with chronic illnesses, avoid these choices as they are at an increased risk of food poisoning when compared to the younger population.

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It's easy to see why anxiety can transfer from caregiver to their loved one. Those being cared for can pick up on the moods of their caregiver, which can lead to a host of greater health issues. As such, it's important for family caregivers to find effective ways to reduce their stress levels, not only for their well-being but for their loved ones as well.

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Nutritious meals are important for keeping seniors healthy, and focusing on meal preparation can be a great way to eat well. As we age, our metabolic rates slow and many older people are not consuming foods and beverages that contain sufficient nutrients. This can lead to chronic fatigue, depression and a weakened immune system. Take a look at these quick tips for eating better and increasing your quality of life as you age.

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A large portion of the baby boomer population is beginning to get older and develop age-related eye diseases. Millions are already struggling with an eye disease and about 25 million people over the age of 40 have cataracts while another 2.5 million suffer from glaucoma. 

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Unfortunately the risk of falling increases as people age, and during the winter when snow and ice make everything slick, the chances of slipping get even higher.

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When people dine, they often either rush through their meals or take their time with it. According to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating slower can help people consume less calories and feel full faster, and it can increase energy.

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Recent research at the Mayo Clinic has uncovered a stronger link to Alzheimer's and a history of concussions, according to published results recently shared in Neurology.

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AARP said that it's becoming common knowledge that organic food and produce is a healthier option because it has fewer pesticides. However, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, organic milk actually has more healthy fatty acids than milk from more conventional farms.

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There are a number of superfoods out there for your loved one to eat in order to help them live a longer, healthier life.

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Most medications must be taken daily, but the instructions don't always specify what time of day is the best to take them.

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, there will come a point when you need to explain to grandchildren what is happening to Grandma or Grandpa.

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Older adults who suffer from debilitating headaches, such as chronic migraines, could benefit from senior care services to assist with the tasks of daily living as well as help with taking the right dosage of medications when they are experiencing an episode.

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Back pain doesn't have to be an inevitable part of aging.

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During the month of November, the Alzheimer's Association and other organizations work to spread the word about National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

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The most important thing is for family members to make sure to spend plenty of time with their elderly relatives. Of course, this is important during the rest of the year, but once the holidays roll around, why not spend time with them cooking or decorating?

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Although the study's co-author Ifat Levy stated that further research is needed to directly connect the measures to real-life behavior, the ability of seniors to consider risk when it comes to their finances is still the issue at consideration, the source reported

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently completed a study on the possibility of a connection between lack of sleep and Alzheimer's disease

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The latest Global AgeWatch Index by the United Nations Population Fund determined the best and worst countries in the world for the elderly. According to the study, the U.S. is No. 8 in the world for the well-being of aging adults.

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Although 62 has long been seen as the normal retirement age, there are several reasons why 70 might be even better. 

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Caring for an elderly family member can undoubtedly be a stressful undertaking. There are many responsibilities that fall on caregivers' shoulders, and having to see a parent or grandparent battle a chronic illness can take its toll as well. The combination of stressors can lead to caregiver burnout or depression, but there are ways to prevent those conditions.

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A new study by researchers at the University of Northumbria and published in the journal BMJ Open found that older adults are more likely to stick to an exercise plan prescribed by their doctor than younger patients.

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Having a parent who needs Alzheimer's care is challenging. It demands a lot of physical and emotional energy from you and you'll find yourself giving more and more as the disease progresses. As time goes on, it is easy to feel burnt out and frustrated.

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An elderly parent's aging process can be difficult for not only you and your siblings, but also for your parent. While you may realize that your parent now needs in-home senior care, it can be difficult for your mom or dad to admit that she or he needs help. 

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