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By Stacy Lee, 10:09 am on August 8, 2018

“My Mother Won’t Listen to Me!” Have you ever found yourself commenting how Mom’s not getting enough activity lately, neglecting her diet, or leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen sink for days? It may seem like your opinion doesn’t matter and it’s falling on deaf ears. So, can you help Mom or Dad create a healthier habit? The answer is…maybe. But, anyone can learn a few persuasion techniques. For one thing, if you want her to listen to you, ditch your lecture and try a simple conversation instead. Why are Habits Difficult to Change? The word “habit” is defined in…

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By Tom Lee, 2:14 pm on July 26, 2018

Is it possible to help someone, even when they don’t want your help? Is there a way that your aging parent can graciously accept your help, yet still keep their pride and sense of dignity? What if a parent is just too difficult? Well-meaning family caregivers often ask these types of questions. Try not to take it personally if you find yourself feeling trapped in a power struggle. Understandably, parents sometimes resist offers of help. There are VALID REASONS for aging parents to resist or refuse help, such as: Tradition. Sometimes parents simply decline help out of habit. Since they…

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By Tom Lee, 9:04 am on July 16, 2018

For most of us, running a marathon (that’s 26.2 miles) wouldn’t be on our “To-Do” list. For 82-year-old Ginette Bedard, of Howard Beach, Queens has not only crossed this off her list, she has done it more than once! She was 69 years old before she started running seriously, and she’s been able to continually participate in the marathon, as a result of diligence in training – running on average 3 hours a day and maintaining a healthy positive attitude. Smiling is proved to help with more than physical health; a person’s positive outlooks on aging impact brain function, too. Recently…

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Elderly man getting his heart checked out by a doctor in Burlington, VT
By Tom Lee, 11:28 am on June 30, 2018

  The foundation of a healthy life is a strong and healthy heart. Making improvements toward a healthy lifestyle increases your chances of keeping a healthier heart. There are over 17,000,000 deaths worldwide as a result of heart disease, but as many as 80% of those untimely deaths could have been prevented. Sadly, symptoms of heart disease can sometimes sneak up and it’s not noticed until the damage has already been realized. A heart attack and the symptoms of heart disease can quickly change the best-laid plans for your future. Rather than fretting about the likelihood of your unhealthy heart, take…

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By Tom Lee, 1:16 pm on June 14, 2018

Some of us would like to blame our reduced energy on the fact that we are aging, but if we take an honest look around us at other older adults, we must admit that it’s not just “because I’m old!” We all eventually think about ourselves getting older and whether we can do it with grace and ease. Our thoughts may be triggered by the notice of our body’s changes that we were able to ignore or brush aside at one time. Then one day when our denial finally crumbles, we know for sure we have to take some time to…

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By Tom Lee, 11:35 am on May 31, 2018

“We never outlive our need or capacity to be useful.” —Richard Watts How important do you think love and connection are to your vitality? Imagine if your doctor gave you a prescription for good health as simple as, “Surround yourself with people you love. Make new friendships. Keep old friendships. Be sure to make time for family and those you love.” Research shows that it may actually be that simple, in fact. Relationships and your level of connectivity have a direct correlation to your longevity. Relationships are paramount to a well-lived life. People who are active in their community make…

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A daughter being an an effective health care advocate too her father
By Tom Lee, 1:39 pm on May 11, 2018

Home care expert Amy Goyer shares five very helpful tips in her article, “How to be an effective advocate for aging parents,” that you can utilize when searching for home care for your loved one. Goyer’s advice can help you become an expert on family matters and caregiving. Her advice comes from her being deeply involved in the life of her father, who is 93 and living with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Caregiving Advocacy Amy begins the article by stating that “Caregiving can be overwhelming.” Family members are typically involved with many different aspects of a loved one’s life – you…

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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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HCA - Burlington - Caring for your aging loved one
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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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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