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Everyone Needs a Vacation—Especially Family Caregivers!

What’s your favorite vacation? A week at the beach? A camping trip to a beautiful wilderness area? Taking the kids to Disneyland? Exploring a city where you’ve never been before? If you’re a family caregiver, you may be tempted to stop reading this article right now. “Vacation, what’s that?” you are probably saying. And it’s… Read More

“Portion Distortion” Can Pack on the Pounds

When tourists from other countries visit the U.S., they are often surprised by the size of portions in restaurants. In many countries, it is considered rude to ask for a “doggie bag.” That is partly a difference in custom, but it’s also because restaurants in our country tend to serve huge portions, more than a… Read More

Protecting the Financial Well-Being of Older Adults

The World Health Organization says that one in six older people experiences some kind of abuse. It might be physical or psychological—and increasingly, financial abuse of elders is a problem threatening the well-being of older adults. Financial exploitation of the elderly is the illegal or improper use of funds, assets or property of an older… Read More

If a Loved One Has Dementia … And a Gun

The gun debate continues to rage, and while there’s little common ground between Second Amendment adherents and gun control advocates, a May 2018 study by researchers from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center reported, “Even in the highly politicized atmosphere surrounding gun ownership, about 89 percent of Americans support limiting firearm purchases and access to… Read More

Food Safety in the Great Outdoors

Summer is here at last! Are you planning to go camping, fishing, hiking or boating? Or maybe an all-day picnic? We all want to be safe during outdoor adventures. Maybe we worry about bears, or pests such as mosquitoes and ants. We shouldn’t forget that some of the most dangerous outdoor critters are invisible—bacteria and… Read More

Why Do People With Alzheimer’s Disease Wander?

In the U.S. and around the world, the population is aging, and that means an increase in people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss. Geriatricians say that over half of these seniors are at risk of becoming lost. It seems that every week we come across a news article about a… Read More

Spring Is Here! Time to Get Into Nature!

After a particularly brutal winter, those of us who live in cooler climates are happily venturing outside to soak up some sunshine and smell the flowers. This is a great idea for people of every age, and especially for older adults, who may need to make a little extra effort to get out among trees,… Read More

Tai Chi Lowers the Risk of Falls … And That’s Just the Beginning

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society recently confirmed that tai chi can be an excellent exercise to lower seniors’ risk of falling. Researchers from the University of Jaén in Spain examined the data from a number of studies, and reported: “There was high-quality evidence that tai chi significantly reduced the rate of falls by… Read More

Spring Cleaning Tips to Protect the Youngest and Oldest Family Members from Accidental Poisoning

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, each year more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the nation’s poison centers—and 90 percent of these happen at home. While most of these poisonings involve children, the majority of poisonings that prove fatal occur among adults, many of them seniors with dementia. During National… Read More

Alzheimer’s Stigma Causes Isolation, Delays Diagnosis

In March 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association released the results of a study that found that most people believe that if they were to develop Alzheimer’s, they would face discrimination. Said Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., who is the chief science officer for the Association, “The unfortunate stigma associated with Alzheimer’s may prevent people from getting the… Read More