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COMBATING SENIOR LONELINESS

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 — When seniors live alone, they are susceptible to periods of loneliness during any time of the year.

If a senior is quieter, experiences appetite loss or has trouble sleeping, he or she may be suffering from loneliness. Other indicators include unusual behavior (such as when an elderly parent calls up unexpectedly and doesn’t have much to say) or simply if he or she speaks of being lonely. The diagnosis is determined by the duration and degree of symptoms.

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TIPS FOR WELLNESS INTO THE GOLDEN YEARS

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 -- There are a number of myths regarding aging. Some people may mistakenly believe that aging inevitably involves getting sick or disabled, while others may think that all adults face memory loss in their later years. Even more people may think that once you reach a certain age there is less that you can contribute to society and that you are done learning. All of these beliefs are absolutely false. In fact, many people find that the years following retirement are filled with health, vitality, and meaning. Since we are all going to get to those golden years eventually, here are a few tips to consider that may help to make that stage of life some of the best years you’ll ever have.

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DEMENTIA AND THE HOLIDAYS

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Several years ago I was visiting with a man who cared for his wife with Alzheimer’s disease. His concern was that for the past year she had been delightful and easy to care for. Then, as they approached the holidays, she became restless, anxious, and combative. He asked for help in understanding what had caused the change. As I looked around the couple’s home I noticed that there were Christmas decorations in every room and on every surface. I felt overwhelmed and suggested that there were so many decorations that the house may no longer seem familiar to his wife. “But she loves Christmas!” he protested. “I did this all for her.” I commended him for all his effort, but encouraged him to limit the decorations to a few of her favorites. A few days later he called to let me know that his wife was back to her old self again.

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY ISSUE NEW BLOOD PRESSURE GUIDELINES

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 -- Newly released high blood pressure guidelines mean that nearly half of the US population might have high blood pressure. High blood pressure accounts for the second largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths, second only to smoking. It’s known as the “silent killer” because often there are no symptoms, despite its role in significantly increasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.

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USE THE GOOD STUFF. YOU'RE WORTH IT!

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 -- The upcoming holidays have me in the mood to clear the decks around the house. The other day I got a little crazy and began cleaning out the cabinets and drawers in my dining room. While the amount of trash that was generated both amazed and saddened me, I chuckled to myself when I saw my good china. It dawned on me that for the past 25 years, this china has been used exactly three times!

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5 ORGANIZING TIPS FROM OUR CLIENTS

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 -- Periodically we are asked to speak to audiences about the downsizing process. One of the challenges has been to develop creative answers to audience member questions about parting with treasures. At one of the most recent events, it dawned on me that some of the most valuable material that we share with the audience has actually been provided by our audiences! Here are some of those nuggets of wisdom.

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CREATING AN ALZHEIMER'S CARE TEAM

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 -- When my mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, my father embraced the role of a “solo” caregiver. In one of our many phone conversations he explained, “Your mother was there for me during my drinking years (He was a recovering alcoholic.), now it’s my turn to be there for her.” His rationale made perfect sense, but a few years after the diagnosis it became clear that he would need help to care for my mother. In fact, he needed an entire team to care for her.

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