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Making Household Adjustments for the Aging Spine (Guest Post) Catherine Reeson

May 12th, 2015 | 0

Aging Spine It’s no secret that as we age, our spine along with other body parts let us know that things have changed. Changes to our spine as we get older can result in discomfort, pain or additional complications. In order to accommodate these changes, you may want to make some adjustments to your household to provide comfort and relief from pain from an aging spine. Even if your aging spine is causing you discomfort or limited mobility, it’s important to participate in some type of exercise to prevent further damage or discomfort. You will want to check with your doctor to ensure that the activities you plan on participating in are safe for your condition.

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2014 Gift Guide For a Loved One in a Nursing Home Dan Trigub

December 16th, 2014 | 2

2014 Gift Guide For a Loved One in a Nursing HomeThe holiday spirit starts to creep into our consciousness a little bit earlier as each year passes. Radio stations begin to play Christmas tunes on November 1, super store aisles quickly pull ghosts and goblins to replace them with red and green trimmings, and those who never took down the twinkle lights from their eaves last December breathe a sigh of relief that they still won’t have to. And yet while the holidays stalk us months ahead, instead of giving us more time to conquer all of the family traditions and shopping lists, we are busier than ever before. I also feel like all those gift guides that come out around this time of year help find something for our special mom, dad, our tech hungry child or even our pets. Though, what about a loved one in a nursing home? So while we still have just over a week before the actual days of celebration, I’d like to propose that we take a deep breath and brainstorm how we can honor our loved ones who will be spending the holidays in a nursing home. Here is our stab at our OpenPlacement 2014 gift guide for a loved one in a nursing home.

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Hospital to Home Transition – How to smoothly navigate successfully and safely back home… Greg Hartwell

November 13th, 2014 | 1

Hospital to Home Transition“Be Prepared”. It’s the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. But its good advice for family members whose senior loved ones who have been admitted to the hospital.

A hospital admission is stressful for everyone – patient and family. And while you are understandably concerning yourself with the care and recovery of your loved one, a hospital discharge planner starts the discharge planning process the moment you are admitted. Indeed, there is barely time to catch one’s breath before they are pushing you out to the door.

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Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Scam Artists Alzheimer's Association

July 23rd, 2014 | 0

Alzheimers AssociationThe FBI, AARP and many senior-focused healthcare organizations have warned that seniors and people suffering from dementia are prime scam targets. Scam artists look for people who may feel isolated and crave interaction. Elderly victims are often polite and trusting of strangers. Dementia impacts the cognitive abilities necessary to discern a stranger’s true motivations, making one vulnerable to being manipulated. A 2009 study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion every year due to financial abuse and scams.

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Changes to Social Security Will Smooth Out the Process for Disability Benefits Recipients Paisley Hansen

July 11th, 2014 | 1

Changes to Social SecurityDuring the past year, there have been changes to Social Security that will affect current and future recipients of social security disability benefits. Many of those changes are administrative, and some may alter the process of applying for benefits. Still other changes are intended to improve the process of securing employment for persons with documented disabilities. To avoid unexpected interruptions in benefit payments and to learn about new resources available to them, all disability benefits recipients or their advocates are encouraged to read about these changes in detail.

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Alzheimers Caregiving – There’s An App For That Alzheimer's Association

July 9th, 2014 | 1

Alzheimers CaregivingAlzheimers Caregiving is very important and there are hundreds of applications available to help both those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their caregiving community. The trick is to wade through them all! But help is on the way. Here’s a list of some apps that have either received high ratings from users, or have been positively referenced on Alzheimer’s or other caregiving-focused sites. We haven’t personally evaluated any of these, nor can we formally recommend them.  Many are free, however, so worth exploring. Some will be more appropriate in certain stages of the disease. Most are available on the iPad; all are available through the iTunes apps store.

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Demystifying Home Care Mary Ann Barton, BA, CNA

June 10th, 2014 | 0

Client Home Care MapMy hope in this essay is to demystify home-care by telling you something about it from my point of view as a practitioner with eight years of experience in the field. This work is by its very nature private, yet as the baby-boomer generation ages, there will be more and more elders who need the assistance of direct-care workers in order to live safely at home. That’s why I write about my experiences — taking care, of course, to preserve client confidentiality by changing any identifying details about my clients and their families.

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5 Tips to Delay Aging Kristy Jones

May 27th, 2014 | 0

5 tips to delay agingEven though aging is a natural development, its effects on your mind and body are going to rely on the choices of your lifestyle. The body is self-sufficient. It’s the wrong diets and thoughts which compromise its capability of aging gracefully. When you begin eating in consideration to your specific body demands, you are going to create less stress and fewer toxins to your body system. The following are some 5 tips to delay aging.

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Elder Abuse – Identifying and Stopping It Sophia Francis

May 13th, 2014 | 1

Identifying and Stopping Elder AbuseElder abuse can be easily misdiagnosed or confused with one or more of the natural signs of aging, including mental deterioration and/or ailments such as dementia. In effect, many cases of elder abuse go unreported every year. In the US alone, between one and two million men and women aged 65+ have suffered from elder abuse, though it’s expected that millions more are going unreported.

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What You Can Do About Osteoarthritis Adrienne Santos-Longhurst

March 25th, 2014 | 0

OsteoarthritisEven though Osteoarthritis is listed as one of the most common forms of arthritis, affecting approximately 27 million people in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is still no cure for it. All is not bleak though as there are a number of things that can be done to help prevent Osteoarthritis and treat it and many of these are things that we can do ourselves.

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