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March 15, 2021

Malnutrition in Older Adults is a ‘Hidden Epidemic’

Malnutrition in older adults has been called a “hidden epidemic.” That’s because, according to the Alliance for Aging Research, “the symptoms of malnutrition can be hard to identify, even by a health care professional. Often, symptoms are dismissed as a ‘normal’ part of aging.” Malnutrition affects seniors living at home, but also those living in... Read More
February 19, 2021

How Technology Can Help Older Adults Living at Home

Many of our clients are people whose older parents are living in their own homes. Some of these clients and their parents live far away from each other, which increases stress and uncertainty for people already worried about their parent’s wellness and safety. Fortunately, there’s a lot of technology available that older people can use... Read More
February 10, 2021

Safe at Home: How a Physical Therapist Can Help You Age in Place

Millions of aging Americans want to live in their own home for as long as possible but need help making it safer and more accessible. Others, returning home after a hospitalization or surgery, may have challenges getting around or need special accommodations. These are just a few of the reasons that LifeCare Advocates now offers... Read More
December 21, 2020

Planning Ahead for End-of-Life Care Decisions

In our last blog post, we shared some couples-oriented guidance for creating aging plans. As we noted, creating an aging plan takes some bravery and a lot of thought, and being part of a couple can add a layer of complexity. Now let’s zoom in on the elements of an aging plan that each of... Read More
November 23, 2020

In Challenging Times, Try a Dose of Gratitude

A helping hand. An illness cured. A sunny day. A rainy day! We experience gratitude for many reasons, big and small. And when we do, says Glenn Fox, a neuroscientist at the University of Southern California, we are immersed in a uniquely human sensation. “Gratitude is such a key function of our social lives and... Read More
October 28, 2020

Managing Stress and Depression in Trying Times

We at LifeCare Advocates have been hearing about general underlying stress from so many people these days. The presidential election is very divisive, a second wave of COVID-19 infections is looming, and social problems are driving unrest. Millions of people are newly unemployed or under-insured, or both. Older people, especially, are stressed. They may be... Read More
September 21, 2020

How to Strengthen Your Resilience

September is Healthy Aging Month, a 20-year-old celebration of the ways we can all ensure our well-being as we get older. Whether it’s taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise, we can all take steps at any age to improve how we feel tomorrow. That is certainly true of resilience. Psychological or emotional... Read More
September 10, 2020

What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Planning

Thinking about future living arrangements for yourself or an older loved one can be daunting. In 2020 the realities brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have given us even more to think about. Here’s how we at LifeCare Advocates have updated our planning advice in four key areas based on what we’ve seen during this... Read More
August 10, 2020

Protect Your Health With These Vaccinations

The topic of vaccines is in the news a lot these days as scientists race to develop an immunization to fight the coronavirus. Yet as we focus on the possibility of a vaccine for COVID-19, let’s not forget the other vaccines that are currently available to protect our health, independence and even our lives. Talk... Read More
July 15, 2020

Talking to Your Loved One About Hearing Aids

When we think about health problems that might threaten the well-being of older loved ones, we usually first think of heart disease, diabetes or dementia. But according to a policy statement from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), hearing loss also is one of the top health challenges for older adults. Hearing loss... Read More