Posts in Senior and Elder Care
10 Things You Should Know About Hearing Loss & Your Health

The Better hearing Institute (BHI) reports that recognizing and treating hearing loss may help more than just your hearing. BHI is working to raise awareness of the link between hearing loss and other important health issues. As part of its awareness and outreach efforts, BHI is encouraging adults of all ages to take the free, quick, and confidential online hearing check on the BHI website. Anyone can take the online survey to determine if a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing professional is needed as a next step.

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Aging in place – the top 5 benefits of seniors staying in their homes

Life can be tough, and growing old is no exception. As we age, lots of seniors prefer to stay right where they are — in their homes. Certainly the aging process is complex, and there’s no one size fits all option when it comes to what’s best. Still if you ask us, as long as a senior is competent to care for themselves or living with a competent spouse they should have full control over their living situation. And for many, that means staying in their home. Because of advances in medicine, technology, and professional caregivers, this may be a safer option than ever before. Here are our top 5 benefits of again in place.

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Get Ready for Your New Medicare Card

Medicare is removing social security numbers from Medicare cards. The change is to help protect your personal identity. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same and continue without interruption.

Medicare will mail you a new Medicare card with a special Medicare number that’s unique to you. Your social security number will no longer appear on your Medicare card. People enrolling in Medicare for the first time will get the new card from the start.

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Walking Fends Off Loss Of Mobility, And It's Not Too Late To Start

People who have reached their later years may think it's primarily a time to relax, not to increase their physical activity. Not so. Previous research has suggested that exercise can improve memory and reverse muscle loss in older adults, among other benefits.

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Avoid the Hazards of Dehydration

It's been a long, hot day.  First a morning of yard work, then three hours helping coach the kids' baseball and soccer games, followed by the weekly shopping.  Now you're finally heading home with a week's worth of groceries to unload and put away.  You're tired and thirsty, cranky with your family, and wincing at the throbbing in your temples. You could also be experiencing the first symptoms of dehydration, which is far more common than most people realize.

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When Clutter Becomes Hoarding

The Mayo Clinic defines hoarding as "... the excessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them" and states that "compulsive hoarding and compulsive hoarding syndrome, may be a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)." We are not talking everyday household mess and clutter here, or collections of specific objects that may, in the opinion of other family members, be taking up too much space in the house.  True hoarding can be a sign of mental and/or physical illness that manifests itself in the obsessive accumulation of things—items that can range from mounds of clothing, unopened shopping bags, stacks of newspapers, magazines and mail, to piles of trash and rotting garbage that are dangerous to the health of an individual or a family.

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Post-holiday concerns about an aging loved one? Senior Care Reality Checklist can help.

Holidays bring families together to celebrate the season and enjoy sharing time together.  They also offer opportunities for us to spend lengthier periods of time with aging parents and loved ones — sometimes long enough to observe changes in habits or lifestyle that give rise to concerns about their health or well-being, especially when they live on their own. The changes can seem slight or innocuous:  a forgotten face, a mismatched outfit, a wrong turn on the way to the grocery store.  Or, they can be more alarming: 

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