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Telehealth: Preparing for Your Virtual Doctor’s Visit

Telehealth: Preparing for Your Virtual Doctor’s Visit

Chances are your next visit with your doctor will be from your own living room.  With Covid cautions and scheduling challenges, the practice of visiting with your doctor using a video monitor is becoming more and more common.  With a little practice, it will become...

Who is a “Senior Citizen”?

Who is a “Senior Citizen”?

Becoming a “senior citizen” can be as much of a choice as it is being any specific age.  It may be a life event such as retirement or age-related disabilities that trigger your self-definition.  And, there are benefits to deciding to become a senior citizen, from...

Dehydration in Seniors

Dehydration in Seniors

It might have been fun to title this article “Seniors Need to Drink More”, but that might have been slightly misleading.  The fact is that common thinking is that adults need to consume at least two quarts of liquids per day.  And, while that is a nice, simple...

Scamming Seniors in Today’s World

Scamming Seniors in Today’s World

Recently retirees in Colorado Springs, CO received a mailing allegedly from the State of Colorado talking about their recent application for Unemployment Benefits.  Few of the recipients were even working at their age and none of them had applied for unemployment...

Blood Pressure for Seniors: Get an Accurate Read

Blood Pressure for Seniors: Get an Accurate Read

Tracking a senior’s blood pressure between medical appointments is a simple way to get an early read on issues that should not wait until your loved one can see a doctor again.  Getting an accurate read is key to knowing if you have a problem or an insignificant...

When Mom Needs Help

When Mom Needs Help

The call you feared was coming and were thankful every day – until today – that it had not.  Mom has fallen and broken a hip.  The adult siblings have been talking for several years about the condition of the mid-60’s house she lives in.  The “kids” have been helping...

Funding Home Care

Funding Home Care

Many families struggle to afford the care that their older loved ones need.  The alternatives boil down to living at home and having the necessary help come, using the services of nursing homes or moving to an assisted living facility.  By any measure, when possible,...

How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

Many seniors receive therapy at home for various physical, occupational, speech or cognitive issues.  Are they ever “done”?  How much is “enough”? The answer to this question clearly varies from person-to-person, but the simplest answer comes from the recipient.  If...

A Surprising Key to Successful Aging: A Dog

A Surprising Key to Successful Aging: A Dog

When you consider the challenges of growing older, a variety of unhappy situations can come to mind.  Loneliness as we have less exposure to family and friends is one.  Less activity may lead to feeling less self-worth.  A life of responsibility becoming one of...

Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) Represent Real Risk for Seniors

Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) Represent Real Risk for Seniors

Pressure ulcers, more commonly called "bed sores", represent a preventable and treatable issue for seniors, but caregivers must be vigilant to monitor for the potential of this malady.  Further, these wounds can happen in places other than beds.  They can appear and...