Anxiety Disorder

These days, it seems like we have a lot to worry about! COVID-19, politics and unrest all added to our usual worries about health, money, perhaps the problems of other family members. We can all be excused for being fretful! But chronic worrying might be a sign of an anxiety disorder, and this problem is…

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Health Holiday

We could all use a laugh these days, couldn’t we? We sure could, and science backs up how good that could be for our all-around well-being. Up until recently, few researchers paid much scholarly attention to humor as part of the human experience. But now, scientists from various disciplines are analyzing the workings of humor…

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March is National Nutrition Month. Many people assume the nutritional requirements that you see in the Food Pyramid for younger adults is the same for seniors. But a report released by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) revealed that it’s not that simple. The researchers warned, “Nutrition recommendations are usually…

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How To Get Your Aging Parent To Accept Help

I have been practicing as an Aging Life Care Manager for almost 20 years and have been asked this question at least 100 times. I frequently here, “we really see the usefulness and benefit of your service, but how can we convince our parents to let you in”? My response is typically, “Every situation is…

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Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese term translated to “Forest Bathing”, is a mindful way of spending time in the woods that allows you to reconnect with nature, providing significant health benefits in return. Generations ago, being in nature was a natural consequence of existence, but with the increasingly institutionalization of older adults, a hyperactive mind, and a…

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Wouldn’t you want that surrogate to be someone who knows your history, has clinical expertise, knowledge of the health care delivery system, that can interpret your diagnosis and treatment plan, has expertise in the older population, has the time and psycho-social expertise to help a family make difficult decisions and above all puts your personal desires above…

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Making the move from home to an assisted living/personal care home is typically one of the most difficult decisions a family caring for aging parents will make. Frequently, adult children see what they want to see and have a hard time looking past the glamour of the environment. Every web site, marketing person of the…

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