Category: Aging health

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End of Life Planning Made Easy Through PREPARE

End of Life Planning Made Easy Through PREPARE Living wills. Advance directives. Powers of attorney for healthcare. Making your wishes known. Many older adults have never gotten around to addressing these issues, and of those who have, many are overdue for a review. After all, this is not something where you should “set-it-and-forget-it.” Especially not […]

How to Prevent Falls: 4 Proven Approaches To Ask Your Doctor About

How to Prevent Falls: 4 Proven Approaches To Ask Your Doctor About Worried about falls in an older parent or relative? If so, do you know if their doctor has considered the most useful prevention approaches? Fall risk can be reduced, but it generally takes some thought and effort. That’s in part because most older […]

6 Ways that Memory & Thinking Change with Normal Aging (& What to Do About This)

6 Ways that Memory & Thinking Change with Normal Aging (& What to Do About This) It’s annoying but unfortunately true: most parts of the body work less well as one gets older and older. This is even true of the brain, which is part of why it becomes more common to experience a “tip […]

7 Steps to Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors (Safely & Without Medications)

7 Steps to Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors (Safely & Without Medications) (This article is by my colleague Paula Spencer Scott, author of the book Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers. I invited her to share an article on this topic, since many in our community are coping with dementia behaviors. — L. Kernisan) […]

Cognitive Impairment in Aging: 10 Common Causes & 10 Things the Doctor Should Check

Cognitive Impairment in Aging: 10 Common Causes & 10 Things the Doctor Should Check Have you been worried about an older person’s memory or thinking abilities? Maybe your parent has seemed more confused recently. Or you may have noticed that your aging spouse is repeating herself, or struggling to do things that didn’t use to […]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself on National Healthcare Decisions Day

5 Questions to Ask Yourself on National Healthcare Decisions Day Since 2008, April 16th has been designated as “National Healthcare Decisions Day” (NHDD). It’s an initiative meant to “inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” In other words, National Healthcare Decisions Day is meant to get you […]

How to Evaluate, Prevent & Manage Constipation in Aging

How to Evaluate, Prevent & Manage Constipation in Aging Constipation is not a glamorous topic, but it’s certainly important, especially in older adults. As anyone who has experienced occasional — or even chronic — constipation can tell you, it can really put a damper on quality of life and well-being. Constipation can also cause more […]

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