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Elder Neglect: How to Identify the Signs and Help


As our country’s population continues to age, elder neglect is becoming a growing concern among families and health and human rights activists. Though instances of it are on the rise, it’s an issue that often goes underreported. This is simply because victims are typically frail, ill or dealing with conditions, like dementia.  To protect an elderly loved one from neglect, it’s vital to understand what it is and to recognize common signs and symptoms. What is Elder Neglect?  Elder neglect falls under the category of elder abuse as defined by the National Center on Elder Abuse. It occurs when a…

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What to Know About COVID-19 Vaccination


As Americans get vaccinated over the coming months, it is important to keep following public health safety measures to protect yourself, your family and your community. The Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) continues to emphasize the following: In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart and avoiding crowds. Keep these items on hand when venturing out: a face mask, tissues,…

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Finding Comfort in Caregiver Support


Most of us, at some point in our lives, will become a caregiver in some way. It could be helping an elderly parent, someone with a chronic illness or a disabled family member. In fact, family caregivers now encompass more than one in five Americans. Many family caregivers don’t think of themselves in that way. They simply believe they are doing the right thing by being there for their loved one. Caregiving can include many responsibilities, from grocery shopping, light housekeeping and laundry to transportation and medication management. Separately, these things might not seem demanding or daunting but trying to…

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Preventing Falls in Older Adults


According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. One in four older Americans experiences a fall annually. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and are a substantial medical risk that can result in hip fractures, cuts and sometimes life-threatening head and brain injuries. Oftentimes a fall is so scary that seniors may avoid certain activities because they are worried that they’ll fall again. The data is startling. Sixty and Me, an online community of 500,000 women over 60, provided us with some very helpful information that explores…

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Healthy Eye Care Habits for Seniors


By getting regular exams and maintaining healthy habits for aging eyes, seniors have a better chance of detecting certain eye diseases early on, helping to safeguard their vision as they age. It’s never too early to start protecting your eyes. Healthy eye care habits and routine exams can help maintain good eye health now and in the future. January is National Eye Care and National Glaucoma Awareness Month. There is no cure for glaucoma, but early detection and treatment can often reduce the damage and protect your vision. Learn more about the symptoms, treatment and prevention of glaucoma. Read WHAT…

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Technology Helps Seniors Stay Connected


A guest post by Mary Shannon, seniorsmeet.org Staying in touch with family and friends has always been important, but it is even more so as you get older. Chatting with your kids, seeing pictures of your grandchildren and catching up with old friends online helps fend off loneliness and it lifts your spirits. Talking to people used to be limited to phone calls and, for family members who moved far away, occasional trips to visit. Fortunately, new technology has changed all that, and we want to help you enjoy all the advantages it offers. Here are ways technology helps seniors…

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Common Signs It’s Time for Home Care


How to Tell if Your Senior Loved One Needs Help Sometimes it’s easy to see the signs. Other times it’s not so obvious, or things happen more gradually. Is it time for home care? Here are some common indicators that may suggest your elderly loved one could benefit from additional care and support in the place they call home. Download and save our infographic, and share it with a friend. Is It Time for Home Care? 6 Signs Your Senior Loved One Needs Help

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