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Alexa for Seniors

Alexa for Seniors

Given that 118,000,000 people in the US have a “smart speaker” the next part of this paragraph is probably be rendered unnecessary, but it is important to set up the conversation.  Amazon Echo is a voice-activated and controlled smart speaker that uses a virtual...

Coping as a Caregiver

Coping as a Caregiver

Caregiving can be an all-consuming, and occasionally a thankless task.  Those for whom you care are inherently net takers, though not usually intentionally selfish.  In the end, however, the caregiver gives more and gets less.  In many cases that makes the caregiver...

Managing Polypharmacy

Managing Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy is defined as “taking multiple medications for a variety of conditions.”  There are millions of seniors in this situation today. Medication management is an important issue for seniors and their families.  Failure to properly manage medications can...

Is it Arthritis?

Is it Arthritis?

Everyone is familiar with arthritis.  But few really understand it. Arthritis is not a single disease.  It is an informal way to refer to joint pain or joint disease.  The term is so wide-ranging that the Arthritis Foundation says it actually refers to more than 100...

Medical Information at Your Fingertips

Medical Information at Your Fingertips

In these busy times, it is easy to get caught up in the routines and not remember the details.  Medical information for an older person can be critical at certain times when it is least convenient to locate it.  It is relatively easy to be prepared.  When an urgency...

When Older Family Members Resist Going to the Doctor

When Older Family Members Resist Going to the Doctor

As people grow older, there are any number of things about which they grow wary. Sometimes that fear includes refusal to participate in regular health checkups – or even seek medical help when needs are more urgent. This allows the elder to avoid bad news about...

Seven Steps for Keeping Your Senior Safe

Seven Steps for Keeping Your Senior Safe

Keeping those we love safe is among our highest priorities. And, since falling is the leading cause of injury among the 65+ age category, consider a few of the most common causes of falling and work toward eliminating them. Household Obstacles.  Eliminating obstacles...

Respite Care Can be a Lifesaver – Yours

Respite Care Can be a Lifesaver – Yours

There are hundreds of thousands of loving family members whose primary responsibility every day is to take care of those who need them to survive.  They are most often elderly parents, but sometimes more extended branches of the family tree.  Knowing that meeting the...

How to “Be” When You Are with Someone with Alzheimer’s

How to “Be” When You Are with Someone with Alzheimer’s

At those times when you encounter someone with Alzheimer’s is critical to create an environment and communication that best matches what that individual needs.  It is impossible to read the mind of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s and different people with the...

Everybody Needs Somebody

Everybody Needs Somebody

For older adults, social isolation is an all too common part of life. Many elders have lost spouses and live alone or have children and other family members who do not live close and cannot easily visit on a regular basis. Others are housebound due to injury or...