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Emergency Preparedness There are several items you can get and procedures you can follow to better safeguard against your elderly loved one falling victim to an in-home emergency. Here are just a few. Cordless phone. A cordless phone with a clip can easily be hooked to a belt loop. Some…

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The Dangerous Dementia Symptom That Isn’t Memory Loss When most people think about the telltale signs of dementia, memory loss is often top of mind. But while it’s true that trouble with short term memory is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease—the most common form of dementia—other categories of chronic cognitive…

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Drop Off Old Meds: Nationwide Prescription Drug Disposal Day Wondering what to do with all those old prescription medications? This Saturday, April 30, 2011 will mark the second time that the DEA will host the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On this day, people can drop off their unused and…

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Put Down that Salt Shaker and Pick Up a Banana Two new studies have shed light on why it’s so important to put down the salt shaker and eat some fruits and vegetables –and why it’s so hard to do that. Sodium, a key ingredient in salt, raises blood pressure,…

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New Wave of Elderly Energy Drinkers Unaware of Dangers Normally a habit of younger generations, consumption of energy drinks is a rapidly growing trend among elders who wish to recapture the vitality of their younger years, according to The Wall Street Journal. The companies that manufacture and market these beverages are…

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Memory Loss Linked to Sleep Loss Uninterrupted Zs are the key to memory formation, according to a recent study reported on Neurosciencenews.com. Conducted by researchers from Stanford University, the study made use of mice as test subjects and employed “optogenetics,” an innovative procedure that allowed researchers to fragment the sleep…

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Abnormal liver tests are common in elderly people, new research shows. Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom studied 13,276 patients over the age of 75 for seven years, according to the August issue of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. They found that one in six had at least…