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Caregiver Resilience in Chronic and Hospice Care

“I like spending time with people, and I like being able to help them,” Traina says. “I have an awareness about how other people are feeling, and I know the right way to respond to their needs. I’ve been given this gift, and I want to be able to use it for as long as I can.”

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Coping With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

“Although the symptoms of forgetfulness and loss of short-term memory, judgment and abstract thinking are the same as later-onset Alzheimer’s, early-onset patients get a lot worse a lot earlier,” Dr. Darby Beach said. “Early-onset Alzheimer’s progresses faster, and we don’t know why. The average person lives for eight years with Alzheimer’s—early onset is a little less at roughly five or six years.”

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Retail Market’s New Niche: Aging Baby Boomers

AARP notes that the over-50 demographic, known as the longevity market, accounts for $7.6 trillion in economic activity. By 2030, when more than one in three Americans will be age 50, what will the upsurge in retail products and services include?

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Is Beer Good or Bad for Your Health?

Although National Beer Day (April 7) promises to be a good time, it allows for the question of whether or not beer is good or bad for our health. There have been a variety of contradictory studies on the effects of alcohol on human health, and the results are, at times, confusing.

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Spring Cleaning for Seniors With the KonMari Method

Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo took the world by storm with her Netflix show "Tidying up with Marie Kondo." Can we apply the "KonMarie method" in spring cleaning for seniors?

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Caregiver With a Heart of Gold

"It’s a gift to be able to care for others and be their person later in life,” says Karen Dinnen, who became a CNA to make a difference in people's life. “Many of them don’t have family nearby, or at all, and I love being able to care for them.”

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Personal Care Assessment vs. Skilled Care Assessment

When a local Right at Home office is contacted for service, a consultation is performed to assess the care needs of the client so a custom care plan can be initiated. As state regulations and services vary, differing consultations may be considered—a personal care assessment or a skilled care assessment will be conducted by a local care team member or a professional licensed nurse (a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse).

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Four Different Ways You Can Donate Blood

“Many people think they need to know their blood type beforehand, but a lot of people learn their blood type upon donation,” says Samantha Pollard, External Communications Manager for the American Red Cross. “There is also no age limit for donating blood. Many of our best and most regular donors are over the age of 65!”

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5 Myths About Frozen Foods

Although frozen foods have a much longer expiration date than fresh foods, they do, in fact, have a limited shelf life. The concern is not so much food safety, but rather quality control.

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Improving Communication With Someone With Dementia

Especially with Alzheimer’s-type dementia, the plaques and tangles in the brain affect a person’s judgment and reasoning. The person with dementia struggles to reason clearly and they have a lapse in judgment.