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The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Eldercare

In the mid-1990s, Virginia Bell and David Troxel developed the Best Friends approach to Alzheimer's eldercare. Their vision was to provide caregivers with a way to interact with people with Alzheimer's that creates a positive experience for everyone. If you're caring for parents with Alzheimer's, the Best Friends approach (more…)
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Caring for Parents: Watch out for Weight Loss

Helping your parent maintain a consistent, healthy weight is a key role when caring for parents.  Many of us think that losing weight as we age is to be expected.  An average 90 year old eats 25% less food than a 20 year old. While elders do eat less, it's important to treat unintentional weight…
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Gadgets for Seniors Introduced at Consumer Electronics Show

For the first time in its 41-year history, the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, held January 8-11, had a daylong exhibition and conference devoted to aging and technology. The January 10 Silvers Summit featured panels, presentations, and product demonstrations from companies such as Electronic Arts, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm. The…
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Water Aerobics For The Elderly

One of the ideal ways to stay in shape and keep fit is through aquatic exercise. Exercising in the water is a great way to add resistance without the drawbacks of impact, and also to raise a heart rate for aerobic exercise, again without the resulting impacts that can be jarring and damaging to already…
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Online Dating for the Elderly

In 2011 the baby boomer generation will be entering their golden years. That means about 25% of our population will be over the age of 65 and more of us than ever will be caring for parents. Some of that 25% will be armed with knowledge of computers and a prescription for Viagra. It's no…
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Coordinating Parent Care

Caring for parents requires organization and focus.  You've added parent care tasks to your already busy life.  How can you streamline your caregiving? Top parent care challenges are: Organizing important information Keeping family and friends informed Getting help with day-to-day caregiving tasks (more…)
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Caring for Parents: Know the Warning Signs of Depression

It's important to know the warning signs of depression, when caring for parents. Elder health care studies have shown that changes in health and loss of social connections put seniors at high risk for developing depression. The key to caring for parents at risk for depression is to look for changes in behavior and get…
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Assistive Technology Can Enhance Eldercare

If eldercare responsibilities are becoming more difficult, you might want to explore assistive technology as a way of easing the caregiving burden while enhancing quality of life for your parent. What is assistive technology? It's any device that helps your parent live more independently. Assistive technology geared toward senior living can range from simple walking…
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Help the Elderly Remain Active and Healthy

7 Special Tips to Help a Senior Live an Active Life If you're reading this, it's probably because you have an elderly parent or other loved one who you're worried about. You want this person to be active and healthy, but he or she just does not seem motivated to do much anymore. WELL, YOU…
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How to Deal With Aging Parents

Statistics show that people are living longer and longer. The age that people live to has grown dramatically in the past 20 years. Because people are living longer there is usually greater need for assistance as we age. In the majority of households the assistance that seniors receive usually comes from their children. In many…
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