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Caregiver Betty Ruff

Lifelong Caregiving: Creating a Rich and Meaningful Life

Betty retired from State Hospital in the 1990s, but she couldn’t shake her need to care for others. She provided regular care for the 95-year-old woman, taking her out for some exercise, to the beauty shop to get her hair and nails done, out to lunch on Saturdays, and to her church on Sunday mornings. The two women loved passing time together, spending most days together for five years, until the older woman passed away at the age of 100.

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Why Is Dental Hygiene Important for the Elderly?

There are certain conditions that might make it more challenging to practice good oral hygiene. Arthritis can make it painful to hold a toothbrush, Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can create irregularities in the approach to oral health, and those who have experienced a stroke or tremors can struggle to brush their teeth thoroughly. But both Starkel and Dr. Burket agree that with a little bit of planning and assistance from others, those who are living with chronic illnesses can maintain good oral hygiene.

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An Unconventional Caregiver for a Unique United Nations Visitor to NYC

“We were told that the client was blind and he was coming to New York City from Nigeria for a conference at the United Nations,” says Right at Home Lower Manhattan owner Albert Eshoo. “He needed additional support to guide him through the week-long conference, and it had to be someone who could get U.N. security clearance within 48 hours.”

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Alzheimer’s: Understanding and Preventing Wandering Behavior

Any individual who struggles with memory issues and is physically able to walk is at risk of wandering. With dementia, wandering can happen at any stage of the condition and at any time of day.

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How to Store Old Photos and Preserve Precious Memories Forever

The Association of Personal Photo Organizers created National Save Your Photos Day, which falls on the last Saturday in September. Photos are a great way to preserve memories and create a visual family history for future generations. We've a few tips to help you save and organize your digital assets.

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What Is Ageism and How Do We Tackle It?

The WHO Global Campaign to Combat Ageism “aims to build a world for all ages by changing the way we think, feel and act towards age and aging.” As with any issue that needs to be addressed, acknowledging the problem is the first step toward finding a solution. Take some time to examine your own implicit biases, and think about how you can take action to combat them. 

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Dear Caregiver, Please Take Care of Yourself, Too

Research has shown that stress levels are typically higher for the nearly 44 million people who provide unpaid care for their loved ones. Stress can have a negative impact on the mind and body, and even lead to caregiver burnout if not managed properly.

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The History Behind National Grandparents Day

When President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation establishing National Grandparents Day in 1978, it was a hard-won achievement for aging advocate Marian McQuade.

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National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer sneaks up on women because in its early stages, the symptoms aren’t intense and present vaguely, and there is no dependable screening test for the cancer. The American Cancer Society notes that ovarian cancer is the deadliest of cancers affecting the female reproductive system and the fifth-leading cause of cancer deaths among women overall. Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in an estimated 22,500 American women in 2019.

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Postmenopausal Symptoms and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Dr. Tracey Banks is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and the founder and president of Adriatica Women’s Health in McKinney, Texas. The all-female practice of four physicians, three midwives and three nurse practitioners just celebrated its 20th anniversary in the North Dallas area. But these days, Dr. Banks focuses most of her care on older women and less on delivering babies.