Monthly Archives: April 2012

Are Pets Really Good for Seniors?

We all know that pets are good “therapy” — especially for the elderly, right? Well, maybe not. A recent article in the New York Times discussed this question in detail. The article is based primarily on the opinion of one … Continue reading

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HHS Announces New Affordable Care Act Options For Community-Based Care

Yesterday the Health and Human Services agency announced the beginning of new options for community-based long-term care. This would be excellent news for the elderly and disabled, if the federal government and the states will actually make it happen. That … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Dallas Area Agency On Aging

The Dallas Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is the department under the umbrella of the Community Council of Greater Dallas responsible for planning, advocating, coordinating resources and providing services for seniors (persons 60+) and their caregivers in the Dallas County … Continue reading

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Seniors — Evaluate Your Driving Ability

At some point it’s only natural that our driving abilities will begin to decline. As we age, many of us gradually lose our hearing, our eyesight, our reflexes, and other physical and mental skills required in safe driving. The AARP … Continue reading

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No Social Security Checks In The Mail Next Year

Yes, it’s true. If you get checks now from Social Security, whether retirement or disability, or you get veterans benefits checks, you won’t get those checks next year. Don’t worry though — you won’t be getting checks, but you will … Continue reading

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For the Elderly, Emergency Rooms of Their Own

I’ve had to sit in a hospital emergency room with an elderly parent, and it was far from a pleasant experience. So I was excited to learn of a new concept in hospitals — geriatric emergency rooms. These are specially-designed … Continue reading

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Reverse Mortgages: Their Time Has Come

I wrote recently about the basics of reverse mortgages. Now it appears that the excellent Dallas Morning News columnist Scott Burns is advocating reverse mortgages for seniors. His theory is that if seniors take out a reverse mortgage early in … Continue reading

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Signs That a Senior Is Becoming Dehydrated

A good article about dehydration is posted at SeniorsList. The article explains the various types of dehydration, and is worth reading if you care for an elderly person. Here are the opening paragraphs: There are three different types of dehydration … Continue reading

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Hints to Aid in Handling Medication

Yesterday I mentioned the Web site FamilyCaregiversOnline. Here is one example of the resources available there. This is a guide to helping elderly or disabled people take medications. Taking a Drug Never take a drug in the dark. Re-check the … Continue reading

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Are You a Family Caregiver Helping an Older Adult?

If you are, you will find helpful information at Family Caregivers Online. Here is a description from the site: Find information here if you are helping someone aged 60 and older with physical care, emotional support, daily activities, doctor visits, … Continue reading

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