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How to Keep Spirits Bright this Holiday Season

  For many of us, the holidays are an exciting, happy time, as visions of family get-togethers, gift exchanges and festive parties dance in our heads. But for many seniors, who may be facing the holidays without a spouse or other loved ones, the holidays can be of time of sadness and even depression. Additionally,... Read More

Celebrating Family Caregivers

  November is National Family Caregivers Month. About 34 million Americans provide unpaid care to an elder loved one with almost half caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. At LifeCare Advocates, we see the important role family caregivers play and recognize their invaluable contribution. Most of these caregivers do this... Read More

How to Care for a Loved One from a Distance

  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and, for many families, this may be one of the few times during the year where they spend time together. For some, it may have been a year or more since they’ve last spent time with parents and other loved ones. Often, adult children notice changes in their... Read More

Boo! Taking the Fear Out of Halloween

  While most people think of Halloween as a younger person’s holiday, that doesn’t mean those who are young at heart can’t join in the fun! Many older adults join their grandchildren for trick or treating and enjoy decorating their homes for the big night. If you’re the one taking the little ones through the... Read More

How to Effectively Manage Your Medications

  The older we get, the more likely we are to be taking prescription medications. As we mentioned in this post, more than a third of Americans over the age of 65 take at least five prescription medications and the typical 75-year-old takes more than 10 prescription drugs. This can making taking the right doses... Read More

The Six Building Blocks of Brain Health

  September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. One in three senior die with the disease of another form of dementia. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the country and with an aging population, its impact on society will continue to grow.... Read More

Discussing Aging with an Elderly Loved One

  As our parents or other loved ones age, it’s natural for us to become concerned about their well-being. Are they living safely in their home? Should they consider moving to a senior living community? Is it time for them to give up their car keys? Have they made their medical wishes known to their... Read More

How to Cope When Your Caregiving Duties End

  According the Family Caregiver Alliance, approximately 34.2 million Americans are providing unpaid care to a loved one age 50 or older. And while caregiving is a demanding role that often increases health risks, once one’s caregiver role ends due to the care receiver’s death, it can leave a hole in the caregiver’s life –... Read More

A Positive Attitude Can Determine How Well You Age

  Many of us, when we face challenges in life, aren’t interested in people telling us to “look on the bright side” or to keep a positive attitude. We want to be acknowledged for our pain and suffering and validated for feeling sad, angry or lonely. When the challenges in life create hardship, it’s entirely... Read More

Are America’s Older Adults Taking Too Many Drugs?

  When we think of a drug problem in America, many think of illegal drugs, such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine crossing our borders and corrupting our youth. Or the opioid epidemic that claims thousands of lives each year in the United States. And both of these issues need to be addressed as part of... Read More