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Elderly More Vulnerable to Heat: Check in Often

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

When summer temperatures begin to climb, it’s dangerous for everyone. But what many people don't realize is that the elderly are especially vulnerable and are more prone to heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They don’t adjust as well to changes in temperature, and chronic medical conditions or medications can interfere with their body’s ability to regulate temperature. What to Do Keep a close eye on older adults when temperatures start ...

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Government Programs That Can Pay for Long-term Care for the Elderly

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

If you or a loved one has financial constraints but needs long-term care, there are government-funded options. The programs have different eligibility requirements which are based on income, assets, the kind and level of care needed, marital status and age. MEDICAID-FUNDED HOME-CARE PROGRAMS Medicaid is a state/federal program for low-income families and individuals. Eligibility is determined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. There are four types of long-term Medicaid ...

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Caring for Seniors During the Time of Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Keeping Connected and Keeping Elderly Loved Ones Safe When You Can’t Visit For many of us, keeping our older loved ones safe in the time of coronavirus can mean keeping our distance. Whether your loved one lives in their own home or an assisted living or nursing facility, it can be difficult. So how do you keep connected to the seniors in your life when you can’t physically be there, and ...

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Practical Tips for Dealing with Isolation as a Caregiver

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Don’t be an island. That’s good advice for anybody – but especially for millions of caregivers who have let friendships and acquaintances slide as a result of caregiving obligations. It doesn’t have to be that way. Maintaining a social life is easier said than done, for sure, but there are strategies to avoid being cut off from the world outside. Isolation and Depression According to a study published in 2017 in Frontiers in Psychology, social ...

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10 Essential Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Seniors

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

The residents of Ikaria, a Greek Island for whom the mythical Icarus is named, are among the healthiest, longest-lived people on Earth. Is it something in the water? How can American seniors achieve similar results? There's no great mystery to the Ikarians' longevity. They eat a healthy Mediterranean diet (no processed foods!), have strong community ties, and are insulated from most modern conveniences. They also get plenty of exercise in ways ...

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Top 10 Caregiver Tips For Staying Healthy and Active

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Being a caregiver can be a privilege, an act of love, a sacred responsibility, or a personal calling. It can also be incredibly challenging. If you are a sole or primary caregiver for someone who is highly dependent on you for their safety and wellbeing, you may find yourself experiencing feelings of disconnectedness, serious stress or burnout. Nearly 30% of adults in the United States are caregivers, spending around 20 hours ...

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Managing Caregiver Stress

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Family caregivers — those people who are caring for an aging or chronically ill loved one — often face a lot of stress. Caregiving can be a fairly invisible and underappreciated role. The estimated price tag for informal caregiving in the U.S. is a staggering $522 billion a year, according to a RAND Corporation study. The study estimates that, as a group, family caregivers provide 30 billion hours of unpaid care ...

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Postherpetic Neuralgia: Treating Nerve Pain After Shingles

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

More than half of all seniors beyond age 65 live with chronic pain. One cause: Shingles. Almost a third of Americans will develop shingles, a viral skin rash that has its origins in childhood illness and can lead to chronic pain. What is Post-herpetic Neuralgia? You probably contracted chickenpox as a child; that's when most people are exposed to this highly infectious virus. Known clinically as varicella-zoster, the infection is characterized by ...

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Ideas for Celebrating Father’s Day with Your Senior Dad

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Father's Day is a time to honor your Dad - returning all of the love, admiration, and generosity that he’s given you over the years. This year, take a little extra time to plan some special activities and gifts that will create incredible memories. When planning your Father's Day activities, first consider Dad's needs and preferences. Is he the type that wants to go and do, or stay and relax? Think ...

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Aging Mastery Classes Help People Age Well

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Classes Coming to Sterling Heights in March; Farmington Hills in April Important update regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: We have canceled our Health & Wellness classes that are currently scheduled to run during March. We have not yet made a decision on whether we will cancel or reschedule classes that are to start after April 1, 2020. For more information on AAA 1-B’s coronavirus response and resources and information to help older ...

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