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Hearing Loss Could Dampen a Senior’s Social Life

Q:   My 85-year-old father was always the life of the party. Now he seems withdrawn and disinterested in socializing. I thought it was because he was still grieving the death of Mom a year ago. But I also notice that his hearing has gotten worse. Do you think there is a connection? ...

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Quality Sleep Can Prevent Cognitive Decline

Senior_LivingI’ve just retired at 67 and continue to be very active. I’m particularly interested in staying on top of my game mentally, since my 92-year-old father began suffering cognitive decline about 20 years ago. I...

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Caregivers Are Happier When Continuing Hobbies

My husband suffered a severe stroke last year, and I can’t seem to get my energy back after caring for him nearly 24/7. While he’s improving slowly, I’m struggling to carve out any time for myself. I miss my friends and some of what I used to enjoy doing. 

It’s important that you try to regain some sense of yourself because, according to research, you could be happier....

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Seniors and Sex

Westborough_Home_CareRecent trends in sexual activity among seniors indicate that the taboo topic of seniors and sex can no longer be ignored. Not only can sexuality assist in combatting loneliness and depression as we...

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End-of-Life Care Options to Supplement Hospice

Whether you are a hospice care provider, in-home caregiver or other senior care professional, it’s important to help families understand the options and limitations involved in end-of-life care. You can help them avoid frustrating predicaments like the one this family faced:

Since Mom died, my sister and I make regular trips to visit Dad. Lately, his health has been declining and now...

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Volunteer Activities Help Dedham Seniors’ Well-Being

“We just simply haven’t had time to grow old.”

How many seniors have you heard say that?

At 85 years old, that’s what Clark Paradise said to describe the life he and his wife, Jean, lead as the founders of a local charity called Your Grandmother’s Cupboard. Seven days a week, Clark and Jean stay active physically, mentally and socially by serving the homeless in their community....

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Make Personal Care Less Awkward for Family Caregivers

Is there anything more heart-wrenching than an adult child watching her mom decline to a point where she needs to help with toileting? Or more awkward than a son having to coax his dad into a shower and help him wash? These personal care tasks can be hard for a senior’s family member to take on, and just as difficult for seniors who feel their dignity slipping away.

There are ways to...

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Home Health Care vs. Non-medical In-Home Care

To an untrained ear, the terms “home health care” and “non-medical in-home care” can sound awfully similar. Because it’s easy for clients and patients to mistake one for the other, you may need to help them understand the differences in terms of when each type of care may be needed, costs involved and resources available so they can make informed care decisions. Use the following points to help provide an easy breakdown for your senior...

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Self-Care Tips for Caregivers of Cancer Patients

I woke this morning still tired. Exhausted really. (Funny, that’s how I woke up yesterday, too.) I woke up about every 35 minutes making sure I hadn't missed my alarm or a call from the hospital. I knew today would be a busy day as Grandpa started his next round of chemotherapy and Grandma had her own appointment with a doctor. Anticipation and...

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Three Senior Mealtime Challenges

Seniors who live alone in Medfield, MA face unique challenges when it comes to healthy eating. In addition to being solely responsible for shopping, meal planning and meal preparation, they often encounter emotional obstacles associated with living and eating alone. Meals alone can be sad or overwhelming and may lack substance and nutritional value as a result....

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