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Hearing Impaired? Stay in the Conversation with These Tips!

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Distracting noise, fast talking and mumbling — these circumstances and more make it a challenge for a hearing impaired individual to understand group conversations, and might cause him or her to be left out entirely. People without any hearing loss must recognize this struggle and keep in mind to speak clearly, facing the senior. For

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Say What? Tips for Managing Senior Hearing Issues

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“Excuse me?” “Would you repeat that, dear?” “I’m sorry – what did you say?” If this sounds like a standard reaction in your conversations with a beloved older adult, you’re not alone. The National Institute on Aging has found a solid relationship between aging and loss of hearing, with as many as half of those

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Proper Medication Adherence Saves Lives!

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While many people may think they are following the rules when it comes to their prescriptions, medication adherence mistakes happen frequently, and the effects can be disastrous – particularly for older adults, often leading to hospitalization. In other instances, seniors intentionally avoid following the prescribing doctor’s recommendations – such as by cutting prescriptions in half

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Medication Misuse Among Seniors is More Common, and Dangerous, Than You Think

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Most of us recognize that medications can be life-saving, but many of us have heard alarming reports about patients who have received incorrect medication – either as a consequence of an issue with the doctor or pharmacy. What many people don’t think about is that there is a hidden risk even when we get the

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Improving Medication Management for Seniors Vastly Improves Health Outcomes

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There are an astounding 10,000+ prescription medicines available in America, and as many as one-third of all adults take five or more of these medications each day. If you happen to be a caregiver for a senior friend or family member, the difficulty of managing the prescriptions, interactions and dosage amounts can be intimidating. As

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Bruising Easily? Learn How to Protect Seniors Against Bruises.

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Of all the various changes that we experience as we age, bruising easily is one that can be especially concerning for family members to observe in their senior loved ones. Although it’s best to check with the older person’s doctor whenever there is a health concern, it’s also beneficial to understand that bruising in older

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Overcoming Diabetic Foot Issues with Help From Home & Hearth Caregivers

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For diabetics, every day is jam-packed with a plethora of tasks to be taken care of to make sure the disease stays under control: Tracking blood sugar levels. Eating balanced meals. Managing medications. And it’s just as crucial for those with diabetes to protect themselves against skin-related problems that can happen, especially on the feet,

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Under Pressure: Reducing Seniors’ Risk for Pressure Sores

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Impacting as many as one in every ten seniors, and even more prevalent in those who smoke, in those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, or whose skin is more delicate, pressure sores (also known as bed sores or pressure injuries) are not just incredibly painful – they can swiftly advance to infections that can

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Senior Skin Care Tips from Home & Hearth Caregivers

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As we grow older, our skin turns drier and more delicate. According to Medscape, as many as 75% of the elderly deal with dry, flaky skin, which is not only easily injured (cut, scratched, or bruised), but also commonly includes uncomfortable itchiness. The most common places for dry skin in older adults are the forearms,

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How to Manage This Type of Dementia Confusion: Alternate Reality

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Dementia confusion, a common occurrence in Alzheimer’s, can result in recent memories being forgotten or distorted, while those from the more remote past often stay intact. This may cause prior times to make more sense to an older adult with dementia than the present. A person’s alternate reality could be his or her way of

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