How Women Can Fight Mental Decline as They Get Older

A senior woman having an engaging conversation in her home with a caregiver
By Tom Lee, 10:58 am on April 26, 2018

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 13 million American women have Alzheimer’s disease or are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Additionally, women make up two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. While the reason for this disparity is not yet known, researchers are actively seeking answers are to why Alzheimer’s disease impacts women sooner, in greater numbers, and in a different way than men. The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, directed by Maria Shriver, is leading the research to help determine why Alzheimer’s impacts women in a different capacity than men. The primary reason behind The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement to support…

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A senior woman having an engaging conversation in her home with a caregiver
A home care provider putting a sweater on a senior home resident in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 10:33 am on April 13, 2018

Caring for a senior loved one holds a unique set of challenges. The type of care and assistance provided varies greatly depending on their medical conditions, level of mobility, and severity of their illness. Caring for a parent or other aging loved one who is terminally ill is incredibly different that providing care for a senior loved one who is simply aging or on a slow decline. While caring for a loved one who is terminally ill is certainly not easy by any means, there is usually, sadly, an ending point. Hospice care professionals can often support families through the…

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A home care provider putting a sweater on a senior home resident in Burlington, VT
A senior woman enjoying painting in her home
By Tom Lee, 3:19 pm on March 26, 2018

Our brains are the control centers of our bodies. The brain sends signals through channels throughout our bodies that help us speak, move, and think. As our bodies age, changes occur in our muscles, joints, and even our brain. Dementia is a progressive disease that causes damage to the channels in the brain over time, making it hard for these signals to get to the right places. For people with dementia, that means memory and cognitive function become difficult. Chances are you know the importance of physical activity for maintaining health. Light exercises like walking, stretching, or swimming can help…

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A senior woman enjoying painting in her home
Daughter and her father having a moment as she is providing the care giving that he need at home in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 10:34 am on March 13, 2018

Caregiving, in general, is a challenge, but caregiving for a loved one during a very slow, natural aging process can be particularly difficult and can be quite different from caregiving for someone with a fast-acting or terminal illness and an “end in sight”. For senior loved ones who aren’t ill but simply fighting the effects of age, they may be with us for many years, though they will become less capable and sharp. This slow decline is difficult to witness, especially for a senior who has been independent their whole life with a fruitful career and rewarding life. These seniors…

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Daughter and her father having a moment as she is providing the care giving that he need at home in Burlington, VT
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