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40-70 Rule

Senior CareIndependent research by the Home Instead Senior Care® network of seniors, adult children, senior care and legal professionals provided new insights into the dynamics of the conversations that do – and do not – take place between Baby Boomers and their aging...

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Help Worcester Seniors Quit Smoking

Worcester_SeniorQ: Since my wife of 45 years died, my cigarette smoking has gotten worse. I think part of it is just boredom. I know I should get serious about stopping, but I seem to be in a rut. I was so accustomed to caring for her, I feel as though I’m at loose ends.  

Seeing...

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Doctors Often Avoid End-of-Life Talk

Senior CareQ: My 90-year-old dad is suffering from congestive heart failure and I think he is near the end of his journey. Doctors won’t talk with us about what’s next, though, and our family is struggling to find the information, and help, we need. My 85-year-old mother is exhausted and none of us...

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Social Seniors and Well-Being

Senior CareIsolation is not a good idea for anyone. “Social butterflies” do tend to fare better when it comes to overall health and well-being, research reveals. But individuals have to be careful with whom they are socializing.

Having regular positive interactions with family and friends and being...

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Falls Increase Among Elderly

Falls_IncreaseQ: My dad is fiercely independent and is still living on his own in Daytona Beach at age 90. But he is getting so wobbly that I fear for his safety. He’s proud and he’ll only use a walker about half the time. A broken hip is what doctors said led to the death of his mother, who fell at the age...

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Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s CareQ: My parents both died of Alzheimer’s disease and now that I’m approaching 80, I am worried the same thing will happen to me. Since my husband died last year, I feel like I’m becoming more forgetful. Could that be a sign of something wrong? Isn’t there anything I can do?

It’...

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Cherry Juice Could Combat Insomnia

Senior_HealthQ: Since my husband of 53 years died six months ago, I just haven’t been able to sleep. My house seems so big and empty. My children are worried about me and don’t know how to help. What do you suggest?

You’ve suffered a major loss and a traumatic life event...

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Walking Reduces Death Risk from High Blood Pressure

Worcester_County_Home_CareQ: My blood pressure has been bouncing around for the past few years, especially since I have become a full-time family caregiver to my wife of 52 years. I know I need more help, but it’s so difficult to ask. My children are busy with their own lives. I’m not sure what to...

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Prostate Cancer Choices Deserve Careful Consideration

Senior_Home_CareQ: My father was just diagnosed with prostate cancer that the doctor described as slow growing and non-aggressive. In fact, he has opted for something he calls “active surveillance” or watch and wait. I am concerned about this as I don’t want my dad to get in a situation...

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