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Eating Well with Alzheimer's

Eating well is essential to good health, but when we are caring for an older loved one with a memory disorder, it may be challenging to be sure they have access to well-balanced and appetizing meals. It can be a struggle as well to ensure that they are eating these meals when they may be experiencing a loss of appetite or difficulty remembering and sticking to established routines as the illness progresses. As caregivers, it’s important for us to rise to these challenges and find solutions to prioritize nutrition and healthy eating in a loved one’s life as key element of maintaining their overall health.

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01/15/2020

Living Well with Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 54 million adults have been diagnosed with arthritis. The first signs of arthritis usually begin around age 40 and progress slowly. Women over 50 are more likely to suffer from arthritis symptoms than men. Even dogs, cats and other animals can suffer from the pain of arthritis. Although there is no cure for this disease, there are a variety of techniques and remedies we can use to manage a loved one’s pain and help them maintain an active lifestyle.

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01/15/2020

Decision-Making With Your Older Loved One: Choosing a Power of Attorney Agent

Establishing a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or Finances can give our loved ones the ability to control who makes important health care or financial decisions for them if their physician declares they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Having a Power of Attorney is important because it assures our loved ones have someone who can act on their behalf and, ideally, respect their wishes. However, with this power comes responsibility, and sometimes this responsibility can be abused by those who do not have our loved ones’ best interests at heart. Before choosing a Power of Attorney agent, our loved ones should not only make sure the person they are considering is someone they can comfortably express their wishes and preferences to, but also that the agent is trustworthy enough to make decisions that are best for our loved ones.

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By Tiffany Taylor and Julie Hayes | 01/15/2020

Holiday Gift Giving Tips for an Older Loved One

When we're considering gifts for our older loved ones for the holidays, being creative in our choices can help us select a gift with special meaning and value to them. Many older adults have accumulated years' worth of personal possessions, so we don't want to add to the clutter. With a little imagination, we can instead come up with the perfect gift to fit their needs, whether they could use assistance around the house or new ways to stay active.

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12/13/2019

Holiday Blues and Older Adults

The carols tell us that winter “Tis the season to be jolly,” but this can often be easier said than done. Many people get the holiday blues, and older adults are no exception, especially if they have recently received difficult news or are struggling with their health. The holiday season can often trigger memories of loved ones who have passed away as well. When a loved one is feeling blue, it is more important than ever for us to rally around them, help to contribute a positive atmosphere and find ways for them to create fresh and happy memories.

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By Julie Hayes | 12/13/2019