Senior conditions and diagnoses

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Alzheimer’s and dementia: The wandering problem

Six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia will wander away from their care settings, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Disorientation begins in the early stages of dementia, causing people to get lost. They may not remember their name or address and can easily become disoriented in their own neighborhood. As the disease... more

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6 common dementia behaviors and how to manage them

Dementia, an umbrella term that encompasses Alzheimer’s disease, refers to a decline in memory and mental ability that interferes with a person’s capacity to live their life normally. As dementia progresses, a number of common behaviors can impact one's health and safety. Some of the most common behaviors exhibited by those... more

How Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed: What you need to know

Nearly six million seniors are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, and that number is about to go up drastically. The size of the population aged 65 and older is projected to grow from 56 million in 2020 to 88 million by 2050, leading experts to warn of... more

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The 3 stages of Alzheimer’s: 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 between three to 11 years after... more

COVID-19 meets flu season: How seniors and caregivers can prepare

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit seniors hard in 2020. Adults 65 and over have been hospitalized at a rate 5-13 times higher than adults under 30 and are dying from the disease at a rate 90-630 times higher than young adults. When combined with the mental health toll of social... more

Black seniors are harder hit by COVID-19 — here's why

In April, a COVID-19 outbreak took place at an Atlanta-based nursing home where almost all residents of the 186-bed facility are Black. More than 120 residents and staff fell ill, according to the Washington Post. This is just one alarming example of many that underlines how the racial divide is... more

Is it safe to take my senior loved one to the hospital during COVID-19?

No matter how far along we get in this global pandemic, it remains challenging to get a grip on everyday routines. Figuring out what to do in the case of an emergency, particularly one involving a senior, can be even more confusing. Faced with concerns around not only your loved... more

13 ways to help a parent with cancer

Finding out that someone you love has cancer can be terrifying and overwhelming — and when that someone is your parent, the news is even more ground-shaking. Suddenly, someone who has likely been a source of strength and comfort in your life will need your support as they navigate treatment... more