Foundation Offers Hope for Coping with Parkinson’s Disease

Each year, approximately 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are reported in the U.S., and an estimated 1 million individuals currently have this chronic and progressive disorder. Characterized by such symptoms as slowed movement, balance problems, muscle rigidity, tremors, and involuntary movements. While Parkinson’s disease can strike at any time, most individuals are diagnosed in their senior years. Unfortunately, Parkinson’s symptoms can compound the motor and balance problems often faced by individuals as they age. There is no cure yet for this disease, but significant treatment advances are being made. One organization at the forefront of the fight against Parkinson’s disease is th

More Than a Resolution: Broaching Topics with Aging Parents

Published on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:03 Written by Greg Hartwell Tackling difficult topics with a parent may be easier if the adult child views it as opportunity to confront challenging health and financial questions together. A close friend with an aging father who lives out of state recently asked me for advice on how to broach the topic of his care. My friend had just returned from her annual holiday visit and was alarmed at her father’s decline in health – his trouble with routine activities and tendency to ask the same questions repeatedly. She felt badly about leaving him to return to California, not to mention guilty that she didn’t discuss his care while with him because she wa

Positive Attitude Promotes Longevity, Mental Wellness in Seniors

We’ve all heard the expression, “mind over matter,” but research is showing that, when it comes to older adults, the right attitude can have a positive influence on everything from cognitive functioning to life expectancy. A Yale University study, reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that older adults with positive attitudes about aging had a life expectancy over seven years greater than that of peers with more negative attitudes. In fact, the researchers determined that positive self-perceptions had a stronger impact on longevity than more expected factors such as: socio-economic status, gender, lowered blood pressure or cholesterol, exercise, weight loss, or

What to Do with Your Stuff: Geriatric Care Manager Offers Practical Advice for Seniors

An empty-nest couple prepares to downsize into a smaller apartment, but is overwhelmed by all the decisions to make: what to keep? what to sell? what to give away? A medically frail senior prepares her will, but also wants to designate specific items for particular loved ones and let them know the significance of these family heirlooms. She struggles with how to organize this information. The above scenarios are two typical examples of the problems many older adults run into as they face new life choices and decisions. For those of us who work in the home care field, it is a common dilemma we see. People confronted with illness or aging often feel unprepared to reorganize their lives, and th

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