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Couple battles COVID alongside aging parents and kids — and now, they're raising awareness

As news of the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping the United States in early 2020, Kirstin Johnson-Nixon quickly began changing her routine. The mom of three from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was asking her husband Charles, 57, and their sons to make sure they were washing their hands frequently and wearing face masks... more

70-year-old shares inspiring swimsuit photos to take on ageism

From politics to the pandemic, today’s headlines can feel like an endless, exhausting loop. That’s why 70-year-old chef Babette Davis is such a breath of fresh — and encouraging — air. The Los Angeles resident shot to viral stardom recently when she honored her 70th birthday by posting a series... more

Body temperatures run lower in seniors: Why this is so important during the pandemic

You’ve likely heard that 98.6 is the body’s baseline temperature, but the fact is the number on the thermometer tends to decrease with age. In those 65 and older, fevers can even be blunted or completely absent despite an ongoing infection. This is particularly problematic during the pandemic, according... more

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Checklist: Questions to ask when choosing a nursing home

Here are some things to ask and contemplate when choosing a nursing home. Make sure you take your time, ask many detailed questions and if possible, try to bring a trusted friend or family member with you during a visit or consultation. Types of care, services and payment options Is... more

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Checklist: Questions to ask an assisted living community

Here are some things to ask and contemplate when choosing an assisted living community. Make sure you take your time, ask many detailed questions and if possible, try to bring a trusted friend or family member with you during a visit or consultation. Cost and contracts Does the contract disclose all the health... more

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How to know when it's time for a nursing home

Many caregivers and families make a huge effort to keep their loved one at home for as long as possible. But there may come a time when the scales tip and a nursing home is the best choice. It’s one of the hardest decisions to make about a loved one’s care, and... more

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What is a nursing home?

A nursing home is a long-term residential facility for people who need around-the-clock medical care. It is usually staffed with skilled nurses and aides 24 hours a day. It is often considered the next step after an assisted living facility (though many residents enter nursing homes directly, without having been... more

COVID-19 vaccines for seniors: What we know and what to plan for

A senior’s ability to get a COVID-19 vaccine currently depends on where they live, their health, age and occupation. Many in long-term care facilities have already been fortunate enough to roll up their sleeves for their first dose. But, as COVID-19 vaccines rollout across the country, many in the 65... more