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Wednesday 09/11/2013
Senior Advice: One foot forward
Posted: September 11, 2013

Trying to define the “right time” to move as an older adult can be like herding cats: any expectations of organized decision-making descend quickly into chaos. Practical and emotional considerations present themselves as barriers to clear thinking and action, and before you know it, you don’t know what to do.

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Friday 08/16/2013
Senior memory: Merely a moment or cause for concern?
Updated: August 16, 2013 - 4:34 pm

When trying to make one universal statement about memory, one aspect comes to mind. Our memories and the brain structures that support memory are plastic, which means that memory expands and contracts over time and types of stimulation. That statement is true whether you are a child, adolescent, adult, or senior. Obviously the capacity tends towards enhancement when we are young and starts to decline around 50. We then begin to notice the loss of instantaneous recall. This may be especially true for names, titles, and places.

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Tuesday 08/13/2013
Caregivers: Don’t take on everything by yourself
Updated: January 28, 2014 - 9:43 pm

Q: My mom will be moving in with us and I will be her main caregiver. How can I best prepare for this transition in our lives?

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Tuesday 07/02/2013
Over medication is a common problem among the elderly
Updated: August 13, 2013 - 6:40 am

Q: I was surprised to see how many prescriptions my father is currently taking. Is it normal for elderly to be prescribed so many different medications?

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Friday 05/31/2013
Connect your beloved one with an organization that needs them
Updated: August 13, 2013 - 6:40 am

Question: My mom has been feeling lost ever since my dad passed. I think she misses taking care of him. How can I help her feel more involved?

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Saturday 04/27/2013
What is hospice care all about?
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 6:53 am

Take note. This is an excellent question, and it may be the relief you and your family have been looking for.

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Tuesday 03/19/2013
Should I purchase long-term care insurance?
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 6:53 am

This is a hot topic these days, and for good reason. Long-term care is a growing concern for baby boomers and their parents. Long-term care insurance, as a result, is gaining quite a bit of attention.

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Wednesday 02/20/2013
What is a DNR and how do I know if I need one?
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 6:53 am

A DNR, or a “Do Not Resuscitate” form, is a legal order signifying that a patient does not want to be resuscitated if he or she is to suffer cardiac or respiratory arrest. It tells emergency personnel that the patient does not want CPR, endotracheal intubation, defibrillation, cardiac life support drugs or related medical procedures. This does NOT withhold medical interventions necessary to provide comfort or to alleviate pain. You may recognize this order by its bright orange color, often found attached to the refrigerator in someone’s home. Typically, these orders are in effect for persons whom are terminally ill and prefer to avoid painful or invasive procedures at the latter stages of their life. It is important to have the DNR form easily locatable, as emergency personnel must see the form in order to honor it. DNR bracelets are also an option. These forms are available through various medical organizations or you can print your own. Contact me if you would like an electronic copy of the printable version or if you have any further questions about DNR forms.

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Tuesday 01/08/2013
Options for senior living
Updated: August 29, 2013 - 9:56 am

Q: My mom has been on a significant decline in physical and mental health for the last year and a half. Our family knows it’s time to look at our options and get her more care. It doesn’t look like we can care for her properly at home. We haven’t brought this up to mom yet. I can’t help but feel worried and guilty. How can we make this easy on her?

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Tuesday 08/16/2011
When is the right time to move your aging loved one?
Updated: August 31, 2011 - 4:36 pm

I loved visiting my in-laws in Tucson. They had retired to a beautiful patio home on a hilly golf course where morning sunshine crept up over Mt. Lemon and streamed into our bedroom. Yvonne cooked homemade organic meals and beamed when she introduced us to her friends. Tom enjoyed taking us shopping where every clerk knew him as a regular. Teasing each other and swapping jokes was the norm. They spoiled us and we felt lucky.

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