West Nile Outbreak: Don’t Panic, Be Prepared

How much do you really need to worry about the disease? When compared to previous years, 2012 currently holds the record for greatest number of reported infections through the end of August, as reported by CNN. While many states are experiencing intermittent West Nile infections, Texas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Michigan,…

4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Health Care Provider

Many Americans spend ten times longer searching for a new car than they do researching the right doctor. Forty-two percent of adults take at least ten hours to choose the optimal automobile, but many people spend less than an hour investigating a potential physician, according to a recent report on…

Ordinary Drugs Could Hold the Key to Conquering Alzheimer’s

Certain categories of common medications possess the potential to stave off, or slow down, the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, according to a new study. Researchers from King’s College London identified four different classes of drugs that could eventually pull double-duty as treatments for dementia-related memory loss: Diabetes…

Popular Prescription Triggers Tumbles in the Hospital

A single pill may cause more falls in hospitalized individuals than aging, delirium, insomnia or cognitive impairment, according to a new report. Patients who were prescribed Ambien to help them sleep saw a four-fold increase in their risk of falling, according to researchers from the Mayo Clinic. As a result…

Long-Term Care Insurance Rates on the Rise for Women

Women seeking to prepare for their future by purchasing a long-term care insurance policy may soon see the prices of such plans hiked by as much as 40 to 60 percent, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). In an unprecedented move in the world of long-term…

The Simple Way to Keep a Senior Driver Safer Behind the Wheel

The key to keeping senior drivers safe on the road may be as simple as encouraging them to make more frequent trips to the gym, says a new study. Good, old-fashioned physical activity, already lauded for bestowing a host of mind and body benefits, can also help aging adults maintain…

Home Care and Caregiving Services in Shelby Township, MI

Should I Consider a Geriatric Care Manager? Old age isn’t for sissies. Or for their caregivers, who often juggle full-time jobs, families of their own and other responsibilities. Taking care of an elderly loved one can be an overwhelming, challenging, emotionally draining “job.” One of the most helpful people in…

When Your Loved Ones Resists Care

How many times has your mother refused to change her clothes? Has your father resisted getting out of bed? Has your wife pushed you away when you tried to brush her teeth? Individuals who resist care and assistance are trying to communicate to you. If dementia, stroke, vision loss, hearing…

Could Exercise Slow Dementia Progression? And Other News to Know

Exercise may slow dementia progression in older women Worldwide, there is a new dementia diagnosis every four seconds. But there is also new hope for women, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia that found consistent aerobic could increase the size of the hippocampus (the area of the…

Things We’re Too Old to Say

I’ll never be too old to say I love you. I’ll never be too old to say I’m sorry. I’ll never be too old to ask an obnoxious jerk if he’s this rude to everybody or if he’s running a special just for me. Still, I am too old to…