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Avoiding “Elderspeak”: Respectful Communication with Older Adults

— A nurse comes into a senior patient’s room and says, “Are we ready for a shower?” “How are you today, young lady?” says a senior care aide says to a 90-year-old resident. A volunteer at an adult day center watches participants at a Senior Prom event and exclaims, “Aren’t they just adorable?” If you’re a... Read More

Warn Seniors About Social Security Scams

— Social Security is the major source of post-retirement income for most older adults, so if a senior receives a call from the Social Security Administration (SSA), they are likely to pick up the phone and listen! But the SSA is warning seniors that these days, con artists have been impersonating SSA officials to steal the... Read More

I’m a Long-Distance Caregiver! Now What?

— “I would be glad to drive Mom to church on Sundays if only I lived nearby.” “If Dad hadn’t retired to Florida, I could still help him fix things around his house.” “The folks are all the way across the country, and they seem lonely. I wish I could drop by a few times a... Read More

Hospital Delirium: What Senior Patients and Families Should Know

— A senior goes in for a routine surgery and afterward, family are dismayed to see that their loved one isn’t themselves at all! Their loved one might be agitated, confused, or barely awake. They might not know where they are, or even recognize family members. Their loved one is most likely experiencing delirium, a sudden,... Read More

Preventing Suicide Among Older Adults

— September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Suicide among younger people receives a lot of media attention. But did you know that the suicide rate is highest among older adults? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47,173 people in the U.S. took their lives in 2017, and 8,568 of them were older... Read More

Seven Great Reasons Seniors Should Add More Music to Their Lives

— Every human culture has a musical tradition. Why do we love music? If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that among all the many noises in the world, we perceive certain tones, patterns and intervals as “music”? Brain scientists continue to study this uniquely human mystery, and now they are even using advanced imaging... Read More

Making an Emergency Preparation Plan? Don’t Forget Heat Waves!

— This is the time of year when our attention turns to natural disasters. The U.S. has already experienced our first hurricane this year. Summer brings tornadoes throughout the nation’s midsection. And a series of earthquakes recently struck the West. Time to make our emergency preparation kit and plan our evacuation route, just in case! But... Read More

Study Urges Doctors to Consider “Symptom Burden” in Older Patients

— Larry went to the doctor because his knee pain was worsening. The doctor ordered x-rays and increased Larry’s dose of anti-inflammatory medication. Larry never mentioned to the doctor that he had been feeling depressed lately, and that he’d been having trouble sleeping … yet both of those things can increase sensations of pain. And in... Read More

Babysitting the Grandkids This Summer?

— Working parents scramble to find childcare once school is out. Maybe you are babysitting your grandchildren during summer vacation. Maybe they’ve come for an extended visit? Or maybe it’s business as usual if your grandkids are part of the 25% whose grandparents provide childcare all year long? Studies show caring for grandkids provides many healthy... Read More

Oral Health: It’s Not Just About a Nice Smile

— June Is Oral Health Month Our teeth and gums change as we grow older. Years of wear and tear take a toll, often causing thinning enamel and broken or lost teeth. Teeth with repairs such as crowns, fillings and root canals are less hardy. As gums recede, sensitive areas of the teeth not covered by... Read More

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