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Coronavirus for seniors, what you need to know

When the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first began to spread in China last December, many believed it would be contained quickly and easily. Few imagined it would become an epidemic that has claim as many lives as it has so far and crippled many industries. Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee and confirmed what many already suspected: coronavirus is far more dangerous than the common flu – 10 times “more lethal” to be exact....

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How Caregiving May Change Your Personality

Being a long-term caregiver for someone in your family is bound to change you and make a huge impact on your life. Most of the times, the changes that occur in your personality will be positive and beneficial. Caregivers tend to become more compassionate and caring people, and feel more empathetic to others who are going through health issues. However, caregivers may also experience negative personality changes as well. After working as a caregiver for many months to many years, you may experience the negative consequences of caregiver burnout. Stress,...

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When an Elderly Loved One Resists Your Care

Caring for an elderly loved one may be a difficult task, especially if your loved one is resistant to care. As people age, their cognition begins to decline, and they may not be totally in their right mind whenever they need care. This, among other medical and emotional issues, may cause your loved one to be resistant to you or anyone caring for them. If this sounds familiar, then keep reading to learn why your loved one may be resistant, and how to care for them anyway. What Causes Resistance...

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Alternatives Options to Nursing Homes

As people get older, one of the things that many elderly individuals can agree on is that they do not want to go into a nursing home. Nursing homes can be scary places for your elderly loved one. Suddenly, your loved one has their entire life ripped apart and they must move into a new home. Unless they are not in their right mind they may not necessarily need a nursing home, and placing them in one may be more harmful than good. For various reasons, your elderly loved ones...

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How to Help an Elderly Loved One Make Dietary Changes

Change is hard, no matter what age you are, and if your elderly loved ones have to endure change in their lives, then it may throw them for a loop. As people age they may have to make dietary changes in order to stay healthy and keep their bodies strong. Many doctors recommend that older individuals eat low sodium diets that are rich in nutrients. This type of diet can reduce your loved one’s risk of developing many chronic diseases, heart disease, or having a stroke. Your loved one may...

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How to Talk to Your Elderly Loved One about Incontinence

If your elderly loved one suffers from incontinence, then it may be impossible to ignore. The odor, the mess and the cleanup can all be glaringly obvious signs that something is wrong. Ironically, the subject seems to be one that is often ignored in households. Many children of elderly parents do not want to bring up the subject because they do not want to embarrass their parents. Talking to an elderly loved one about their incontinence issues could be embarrassing for them and for you. It is also an awkward...

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Resistance Training For Seniors

As people grow older, their muscles and joints begin to break down. Add to that the fact that seniors have more brittle bones than their younger relatives, and it seems as though you are making a recipe for disaster. Seniors are at an increased risk for falling and becoming injured due to their brittle bones, muscles and joints. However, there is one thing that can help decrease a senior’s risk of falling and keep them healthy. Resistance training is a type of exercise that allows your elderly loved ones to...

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Good Places for Seniors to Meet and Make New Friends

As people grow older, sometimes they lose friends. Whether their friends and them grow apart, of their friends grow old and pass away, some seniors find themselves becoming very lonely. Loneliness is not healthy for anyone, but it can be especially harmful for seniors. If your elderly loved one does not seem to have many friends and does not know what to do about it, then you can help them by suggesting a few of the places below. All of these places are great places that seniors can go in...

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Self-Defense Tips for Seniors and Elderly

As seniors grow older, it may become necessary for them to learn a bit about self-defense. The concept of self-defense for seniors is completely different from the concept of self-defense for younger adults. For seniors, self-defense is all about not showing fear. Most self-defense tactics taught to seniors do not focus on combat maneuvers, but instead focus on teaching seniors the ability to stay strong and to protect themselves. Through self-defense tactics, seniors can gain the strength they need to protect themselves, learn how to be more aware of their...

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How to Helps Seniors Avoid Social Isolation

Loneliness and social isolation is never good for anyone, especially seniors. Research into social settings has shown that social interactions are both mentally and physically beneficial for people of any age. Conversely, loneliness and social isolation has been linked to a number of health issues, all of which can be detrimental to your loved one’s overall health and wellbeing. Numerous studies have even linked social isolation in seniors with a shorter lifespan. Unfortunately, social isolation among seniors is incredibly common, and continues to increase in prevalence as the baby boomers...

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