Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner and Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month, and what better time than before Thanksgiving? If you’re a caregiver for a loved one with a diabetic condition, you know that the holidays can be a real issue. And since yams, marshmallow toppings, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce are on the menu, Thanksgiving dinner and diabetes pose a major…

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More Common Infections in the Elderly You Need To Know About

Last time we talked about common infections in the elderly, why they happen and how to recognize two of them. Today we’re going to be talking about three more – and about prevention, too. 1. Can’t stomach it – gastrointestinal infection in the elderly What it is: With age come changes to the digestive system and…

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Common Infections in the Elderly You Need to Know About

Part I Which diseases and conditions do you think most caregivers are concerned about? Alzheimer’s? Diabetes? Heart failure? All good answers. However, what many people don’t realize is that common infections in the elderly can pose a much bigger problem. Believe it or not, infections cause a full 33% of deaths in older adults over…

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5 Reasons Dementia Activities are Really Important

Do you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia? If you do, you’ve probably seen them at their senior center doing dementia activities like simple matching or stacking games. Or come to visit them at their residence, and found them sitting in a circle and clapping while someone plays folk songs on a guitar.…

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How to Deal With Macular Degeneration

When people hear that their loved one has received a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the first reactions is fear. And it’s a legitimate fear, too; AMD is the leading cause of severe loss of vision in Americans age 65 and older. That said, there are ways to deal with macular degeneration…

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Signs of Melanoma: What Caregivers Should Know

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. It starts in the melanocytes, which are the cells that produce melanin. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors agree that the leading cause of melanoma is exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun (and tanning lamps). So the beginning of the summer is a good time…

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Understanding Elderly Wound Care

Whether you or your loved one are living at home or in a skilled nursing or assisted living community, you need to know about elderly wound care. Some people think that chronic wounds in the elderly are mostly a problem with nursing homes. Unfortunately, they’re not. Why? Because seniors are more likely to have a…

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HEALTHCARE REDEFINED: AMAZON, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AND JP MORGAN CHASE’S RESPONSE TO U.S. HEALTHCARE

“The goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality, universal coverage in a cost-effective way.” – Bernie Sanders Major news is brewing in the healthcare industry: Three Fortune 100 companies, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, are making headlines, with their plans to launch a new healthcare venture. Details of the New Health Company According…

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