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Alzheimer’s stages and how the disease progresses

Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t progress at a predictable rate. For some people, the symptoms will develop slowly over more than a decade, while for others, the disease can seem to worsen rapidly in just a few years. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with Alzheimer’s live eight to 10 years after diagnosis on... more

What to look for to find the right fit with a home care provider

You’ve done your homework. You have a great referral for a private care provider who is qualified to meet your loved one’s needs. Or you have a close friend’s referral for a reputable home care agency, and you know that the agency will be able to meet your loved one’s needs... more

How to talk about end-of-life care with your doctor

Eighty percent of people say that if they were struggling with a serious illness, they would want to speak with their physician about end-of-life care. Yet only 7 percent end up doing so, according to the California HealthCare Foundation. As a result, more than half of people who lose a loved one... more

January “Senior Sense”: Want To Enjoy Old Age? This 90-Year-Old Has One Simple Trick, And Science Backs Her Up

By Jody Gastfriend, LICSW, VP Senior Care | Recently published on Forbes.com   As Bette Davis famously quipped, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” My mother knows this all too well. In a couple of months, she’ll turn 90—making her part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in America. She lives independently in a... more

Palliative treatment and care: What you can expect

Palliative care aims to address any and all symptoms and side effects people face when dealing with a serious illness, such as cancer, a stroke, kidney disease or Alzheimer’s disease. That means plans for palliative treatment, by definition, must be tailored and specific to each individual.  Palliative care delivery can also... more

5 proven ways to prevent falls in older adults

Tripping over a tree branch. Slipping on an area rug. Stumbling on a loose step. When you’re younger, it’s easier to recover your balance before a full-on fall. But as we age, both our sense of balance diminishes and our reflexes slow, making all of those trips, slips and stumbles potentially... more

Caring for an aging parent? Try these 8 tips to smooth the transition from child to caregiver

It may seem strange to become a caregiver to the person who once changed your own diapers. But caring for aging parents is simply part of the life cycle for many of us. While the role reversal can be emotionally challenging for both sides, it’s sometimes the only way to... more

4 common in-home senior care challenges, and how to overcome them

It can sometimes be hard for someone to accept that they need extra help at home. Wanting to stay independent, feeling nervous about having someone they don’t know caring for them — these are common concerns for aging adults and their families. Here’s how to overcome these and other in-home... more