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Which Signs Point to Diabetes in Seniors in Massachusetts
Which Signs Point to Diabetes in Seniors in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on March 8, 2019

The symptoms of diabetes can mimic those of other diseases. If your senior loved one has diabetes and develops any new symptoms, he or she should see a physician as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common symptoms of diabetes in seniors and how you can reduce the risk for complications if your loved one is diagnosed with this common endocrine disorder. Frequent Hunger If your loved…

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Tips for Helping an Aging Parent Get More Restful Sleep in Massachusetts
Tips for Helping an Aging Parent Get More Restful Sleep in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on February 15, 2019

Restful sleep can be elusive for many seniors. Factors that can inhibit restorative sleep may include medication side effects, poor health, and chronic pain. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help your elderly loved one sleep better so he or she can feel more energized upon awakening. 1. Encourage Getting Some Fresh Air Encourage your parent to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine every day. The combination…

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Are Bananas Good for the Elderly in Massachusetts
Are Bananas Good for the Elderly in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on February 1, 2019

Bananas are a common fruit that’s readily available all year long. They’re inexpensive, easy to carry, and simple to eat. Bananas are ideal as a snack or added to breakfast cereals, smoothies, and other meals for a nutritious pick-me-up. Along with nutritional value, the tropical fruit also provides antioxidants and fiber. In general, bananas are a healthy choice for older adults for the following reasons. Provide Nutrients Bananas are naturally…

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Healthiest Foods for Seniors with Parkinson's Disease in Massachusetts
Healthiest Foods for Seniors with Parkinson's Disease in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on January 18, 2019

Your aging loved one’s diet plays a big role in how he or she manages Parkinson’s disease. While you likely already know to avoid certain foods that interact with your loved one’s medications, you may not be aware there are also types of food that can slow the progression of the symptoms. These six foods are all great options to add to your loved one’s diet plan. 1. Fava Beans…

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How to Keep Aging Parents with Dementia Calm in Massachusetts
How to Keep Aging Parents with Dementia Calm in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on January 4, 2019

Dementia can cause seniors to experience confusion, sadness, hallucinations, and other behavioral issues. During challenging times, family caregivers may have to manage aggressive and violent behavior from their elderly loved ones. However, caregivers can use some of the tips mentioned below to calm a loved one with dementia. Create a Solution Pacing is common for aging adults living with dementia. They may pace because they’re hungry, thirsty, in pain, or…

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Everyday Things That Seniors Will Enjoy in Massachusetts
Everyday Things That Seniors Will Enjoy in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on December 21, 2018

After raising a family and retiring from work, your senior loved one may find that he or she has more free time than ever before. Many seniors may begin to feel bored without the routine tasks they’ve gotten used to performing over the years. Seniors can enjoy their golden years with these everyday activities. 1. Gardening Planting and nurturing a garden encourages seniors to get outside. Gardening is an activity…

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Delicious and Healthy Soft Foods Meal Preparation for Seniors in Massachusetts
Delicious and Healthy Soft Foods Meal Preparation for Seniors in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on December 7, 2018

If your senior loved one has swallowing difficulties or dental disorders, it’s important to include soft, healthful foods in his or her diet. Your loved one doesn’t have to give up all of the foods he or she loves. Use these tips to create meals of soft foods that include your loved one’s favorites for a healthy, balanced life. Opt for Soft and Moist Foods If your loved one is…

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Strength-Boosting Exercises for Seniors in Massachusetts
Strength-Boosting Exercises for Seniors in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on November 16, 2018

By engaging in regular exercise, older adults become stronger and have better balance, which reduces the risk of falls. If they’re physically fit, seniors can stay independent longer. Here are five leg exercises to help seniors increase strength and mobility. 1. Ankle Circles This exercise is great to warm the muscles in the lower legs before starting a full exercise routine. Ankle circles also increase joint flexibility. The technique can…

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Hpw Drinking Raises Alzheimer's Risk in Massachusetts
Hpw Drinking Raises Alzheimer's Risk in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on November 2, 2018

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease may not be understood yet, but doctors do know certain behaviors can increase a senior’s risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. If you have a senior loved one who is worried about developing Alzheimer’s disease, there are a few things you should know about how alcohol influences risks. Heavy Alcohol Consumption Increases Dementia Risks In 2018, The Lancet Public Health published an interesting study that…

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Providing Care to Older Adults with Aphasia in Massachusetts
Providing Care to Older Adults with Aphasia in Massachusetts
By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on October 19, 2018

Aphasia is the term used to describe a condition that prevents older adults from effectively communicating. They may understand speech but cannot correctly express their thoughts, and they might also have difficulty understanding speech. The disorder develops secondary to many different medical conditions, including strokes. Sometimes the ability to communicate returns, while other times it does not. Family members must learn all they can about their senior loved one’s condition…

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