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May 2015

People with Down Syndrome Heroes for Alzheimer’s Research

Lab-equipment-10014144It used to be rare that people with Down syndrome lived to be old enough to exhibit symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Today, with the advantage of better medical care, many people with Down syndrome now live into their 60s. At this age, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are most likely apparent. 

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Nursing Homes: Are Your Expectations Realistic?

DeathMaking the decision to place an elder in a nursing home is one of the most grueling decisions many adult children have to make. Ideally, we'd always be able to take care of "our own" for the duration of their lives. However, life is often not ideal.

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Hearing Loss: Causes, Protections and Treatments

KatherineBoutonHearing loss is a problem for millions of aging boomers as well as the people who live with them. What many people don’t know is that hearing loss is more than in inconvenience. It can affect the brain.  For expert advice on this topic I turned to Katherine Bouton, a former New York Times editor, author of “Shouting Won’t Help” and a new book called “Living Better with Hearing Loss.” She is also a popular blogger for AARP.

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Hearing Loss Addressed Early Can Help Protect Brain

WaterfallSince mild hearing loss is considered part of normal aging it's rarely treated until the loss is at a later stage. However, now that hearing loss is known to affect our risk of developing dementia, this casual approach needs to be reconsidered.

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How To Practice Self-Care While Grieving

StormcloudMany caregivers watch their loved ones suffer a long, slow decline that will eventually end in death. During this time, we are grieving every loss that our loved ones endure. At the same time, we struggle with mixed emotions about the release from suffering that their death will bring. You may wonder why you secretly want your elderly parent to die, while knowing how deeply you will miss their presence in your life once they are gone.

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Mixed Emotions Can Run Rampant after Loved One’s Death

DramatictreeDad's dementia was a shock to the family. He came out of a fairly routine brain surgery in a severely demented state. His ability to differentiate between reality and what was going on in his own head varied, but it seldom was good. He had picked up a permanent voice in his head we came to call Herman. His anxiety was difficult to manage; his frustration gut-wrenching. Dad lived in this state for ten years.

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Hospice Chaplains Can Often Help People Accept Pending Death

LoneEagleDear Carol: My dad is dying of esophageal cancer at the age of 67. Mom died 16 years ago, so it has been just Dad and me for a long time. We’re very close and I am afraid for him to die. We’ve never been religious. I don’t know where to turn or what to tell him to make his passing easier. Can you offer any encouragement? Jess

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How Your Voice and Words Can Affect a Loved One During the Death Process

LilypadAs my mother's body was shutting down, her limbs looked as though they were rotting, but her heart kept beating. My sister, Beth, and I were at Mom's side, expecting that at any moment her heart would follow the rest of her organs, and finally she would give up. Mom could then be released from her frail body and do what she had wanted to do for months. She would join Dad, her sisters and her parents in whatever form our spirits take after the death of a worn out body.

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Caregiving Journey Continues After Death of Loved One

CountryPathThe month of May marked the second anniversary of my mother’s death. Five months before, my dad had died. May also brought Mother’s Day; June – Father’s Day. All of these “days” jumbled together have affected me differently, this year, than they did in the last two years. I’ve found myself wondering why.

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Do Your Parents Really Want to Live With You?

GranddaughterWhile the numbers of aging parents living with their adult children don't quite signify a trend, there is certainly a lot more interest in the arrangement than a decade ago. Part of the reason for this doubling up of households is the economy. It's cheaper for two families to live in one home than for each to have a separate home.

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