Monthly Archives: July 2016

What’s in Your Parent’s Wallet?

For those of us who are organizationally challenged, one of the hardest parts about caring for someone else is keeping track of their stuff! It is hard enough keeping tabs on your own belongings, and then you may have a spouse or child who thinks that you are Vice President in charge of their possessions,Continue Reading

Exercise extends life even for heart failure patients

After a bout with heart failure, exercise may well be the last thing on your mind. But, maybe you should think again. A new study finds exercise extends life even for patients with heart failure. The analysis in more than 4000 patients showed a mortality benefit from exercise regardless of heart failure severity, age andContinue Reading

Some Good Cities to Grow Old In

For a city to be aging-friendly, its residents need affordable and safe housing, opportunities for staying engaged in activities that matter to them and access to health care and other services. An aging-friendly city also offers opportunities for people to work, for pay or not. By 2050, the population over age 65 is projected toContinue Reading

When an Alzheimer’s Patient Wanders

By Lisa Esposito Walking is one of the best ways for older adults to stay active. But purposeful walking can turn into restless wandering when someone develops dementia. Escaping the watchful eyes of caregivers is dangerous, exposing vulnerable seniors to hazards from street traffic, unfamiliar terrain and opportunistic strangers. Even when family members and caregiversContinue Reading

Exercise is the best treatment for Alzheimer’s

Exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, and now research shows it works as a great therapy, as well. Vigorous exercise not only makes Alzheimer’s patients feel better, but it makes changes in the brain that could indicate improvements. Regular aerobic exercise could be a fountain of youth for the brain. Exercise or regular physical activity mightContinue Reading

Our ‘Way Back Wednesday’ Story – Our very own, Linda!

Vernon woman uses family experience to start From the Heart VERNON — Jazz guitarist Eddie Hazell lived an amazing life. He toured across North America, recorded several albums, and even had a book written about him, “Someone Out There is Listening: The Life of Eddie Hazell.” But of all the people he met through his gift of music, at the end of his life oneContinue Reading

Finding Ways to Keep Patients at Home

My patient was a proudly elegant woman in her 70s who lived alone. Her Parkinson’s disease had so severely restricted her ability to move that it would take her hours to get dressed in the morning. And leaving the house was virtually impossible, so she had to rely on neighbors and friends from her churchContinue Reading

Somewhere, John Sorensen, 92, Is Smiling

John Sorensen turned 92 the day after Christmas, and from the first time I met him, almost a year earlier, he said he wanted to die. Some days he had a sense of humor about it. “The only thing about dying,” he said one day, “is that I won’t be alive long enough to enjoyContinue Reading

The Top 10 Most Dangerous US States for Elderly Drivers

Rhode Island, the smallest state in the country, is the most dangerous state for senior drivers, a recent study says. An estimated 14 million Americans reported having been involved in a vehicle incident caused by an elderly driver a 2015 study shows. A recent study conducted by Caring.com, a resource website for seniors, using dataContinue Reading

Exercising, a natural anti-depressant!

Exercising three times a week could be more effective than medication in relieving the symptoms of major depression in elderly people and may also decrease the chances that the depression will return over time. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham N.C., studied 156 majorly depressed patients 50 and older and found that afterContinue Reading

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