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Falls Are No. 1 Cause of Spinal Cord Injuries; Dementia Care Costs More Than Cancer and Heart Disease

These and other stories are in the September edition of the Caring Right at Home e-newsletter, providing information, advice and support for adult caregiving.

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Older Women Carrying Extra Weight Risk Health Issues

Some older women joke about being “fluffy” or growing “love handles,” but carrying additional pounds as you age can cause a weighty list of health complications.

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U.S. Census: More Seniors Are Living With Disabilities, Fewer in Nursing Homes

With the aging of the population, more people are going to nursing homes for short-term rehabilitation and subacute care. But a decreasing percentage of seniors are opting to receive long-term care in a nursing home. Most seniors prefer to receive care at home if possible.

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Talking About the End of LIfe

Most of us tend to avoid thinking about our own death. Yet studies show that people who consider their own mortality are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices. Being in denial does not make us happier or healthier.

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Older Drivers Are Safer on the Road Today Than in the Past

Baby boomers are not the threat on the road that many in society perceive.

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Documenting Your Family’s Medical History Benefits Current and Future Generations

. A family health history can pinpoint patterns in disease that may be relevant to your health today. While a medical family tree does not predict your future health, it can help determine your risk for certain conditions and illnesses.

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Downsizing the Home: Tips for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Whether older adults face downsizing from their homes because of retirement, finances, health, death of a spouse or coaxing from family, letting go of longtime belongings can be a daunting roadblock. Seniors may resist while their families persist.

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Four Ways Primary Family Caregivers Can Manage Stress

If you are a primary family caregiver, you understand the tough sacrifices and rewards of helping your elderly loved one maintain their independence. You are alongside them for the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and eating. You step in when there are medical and financial decisions to be made. You break the doctor’s news, you give the chin-up talks, you listen to the reminiscences of days gone by, and you love and are there without question.

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Could Eye Changes Detect Alzheimer’s Disease?

All eyes are on a study presented at the Neuroscience 2013 conference that notes how the thickness of certain retinal cells in the eye may help indicate the advancement of Alzheimer’s disease, the progressive brain disease that affects thinking, memory and behavior.

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Driving When You Are Taking Medications

Some of the physical and mental changes of aging can affect our driving abilities. It’s important to know that medications seniors take also can make it unsafe to drive. What should you know before you pick up the car keys and pick up your next prescription?

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