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Factors To Consider In Best Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

Farm...First, we must ask ourselves who this person is. Are we talking about an aging adult with failing health, who may also be technology averse, or a person who is active mentally and physically—one who has likely evolved with technology? Are we considering someone whose sole financial support comes from Social Security, or a person who has a solid retirement, travels frequently and wants to video conference with scattered family members?

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When Elders With Dementia Keep Calling and Calling and Calling

Corda-strappata-10016888A few months back, I saw a press release for a new piece of phone technology, one that you can use to tell your mother - why is it always our mother? - that she's already called you 17 times today, three of those times within the last half-hour. You attach the device to your elders phone and a message pops up on a big screen that alerts them to their repetitious phone activity. I wish now that I'd saved the release.

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Healthline Once Again Chooses Minding Our Elders as a Best Alzheimer's Blog

HealthlineBadge2015smallerEach year since 2012 Minding Our Elders has had the honor of being chosen as a top Alzheimer's blog by Healthline. Given the numbers of top drawer blogs about Alzheimer's that this impressive panel have to chose from, I'm humbled to be chosen for the award, but also aware that we all share in this as a group. Thank you Healthline for promoting the growth of Alzheimer's awareness through presenting this award.

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April is Parkinson's Awareness Month: How Informed Are You?

There are many neurological diseases that can affect people as they age. Alzheimer’s, of course, is one of the most feared because it is so well known. However, while not as common, Parkinson's disease is also prevalent. This neurological disorder affects an estimated 2 percent of people older than 65. Like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s is progressive and it involves changes in the brain that can become debilitating.

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Science and U: Cornell Weill Medical College Maps Dementia

 

 Dementia - depending on the type - destroys different parts of the brain. This video from Cornell Weill Medical College Maps Dementia maps how dementia affects the brain. One of the best I've seen. Carol

 


Music Therapy Goes High Tech for Alzheimer's

Music therapy has come into its own during the last decade as caregivers, care facilities and hospice organizations have recognized the therapeutic power that music can have on ill and suffering people. This therapy has been successfully delivered by a single staff member playing a guitar for a residents’ sing-along, a specialized harpist playing for a hospice patient or downloaded playlists on iPods that can stimulate memories.

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HealthCentral Twitter Chat Focuses on Health Costs

Most of us who have our own health issues or are caregivers to those who are ill are acutely aware of how insurance coverage can change from year to year. Just managing the yearly Medicare changes for our elders can be confusing, especially for the Medicare supplemental policies and for Medicare D, which is the prescription drug policy. However, many caregivers are still on their employer’s policies, or have enrolled in a policy through a state and federal market place.

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"Still Alice" Should Help Public Understand Devastation of Alzheimer's

Not all that long ago, when someone's grandma started acting a little “strange” she was considered senile. This deterioration of the brain was considered normal aging, even by many doctors. As Grandma's behavior got worse, she would often be hidden away from public view to avoid embarrassing the family.

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Healthy Hearts Mean Less Risk of Vascular Dementia According to Heart Specialist

Vascular dementia, which is directly tied to heart health, is considered the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. Considering this relationship between heart disease and dementia, I was eager to hear more about study data being presented at the annual Heart Failure Society of America meeting in Las Vegas last Tuesday. The meeting highlighted a landmark study, known as the CHAMPION study...

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Living with Alzheimer’s: PBS Documentary, Glen Campbell Tour

When a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis the whole family is affected. For most, the first stage is utter devastation. Yet the human spirit can be incredibly resilient. After going through the grieving process, the person diagnosed with the disease and his or her loved ones most often come to accept their altered life as a new normal. 

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