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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 We’re all getting older, but could we be doing it better? Yes, we could. Aging Mastery, a 10-week program AAA 1-B is offering for the first time beginning in March and again in late April, is designed as a pathway to better aging through lifestyle changes, smarter financial decisions and deeper community involvement. The program (1 ½ hours per weekly session), developed ...

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Five Things You Should Do If You Are Caring for an Aging Parent or Loved One

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Caring for a loved one can be tough. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B's Information and Assistance telephone line often takes calls from family caregiverswho are overwhelmed and don't know where to turn for help. Perhaps they have been suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver after a health crisis hits an aging parent or other family member  (Maybe a parent has fallen and had a fracture; or been diagnosed ...

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Classes Give Caregiver the Knowledge She Needs to Cope with Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Working caregiver uses knowledge she's gained from the Creating Confident Caregivers class to care for her dad Megan, age 31, is the quintessential working caregiver. The Southfield resident holds down a demanding job in healthcare IT while trying to take care of her father who has Alzheimer’s disease. Megan’s work takes her well beyond the boundary of 9 to 5. She travels a lot—implementing systems and software in hospitals around the ...

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Caregiver Isolation & Loneliness

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

If you’re caring for a loved one, today let’s not talk statistics about family caregiving. Today, let’s just focus on YOU. You probably don’t have a lot of time to call your own, and may not have the freedom to keep up the social ties that would help support you and keep you physically and mentally strong. Your “free time” is spent grocery shopping, paying bills, helping your loved one shower, ...

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How caregivers classes make a difference

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

  Take a breath If you’re a caregiver, there’s a very good chance you take care of your loved one first and think of yourself last. However, as anyone who’s been on a flight somewhere will tell you, when the oxygen mask drops from the overhead you’re supposed to take breath yourself before you try to help someone else. The same applies to caregiving; this isn’t the time to stop taking ...

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