Category Archives: Caregiving Stories

Seniors Stay At Home With Help From Technology

The average annual cost of moving an elderly parent into an assisted-living facility or nursing home is between $38,000 and $67,500. But advances in technology, including activity sensors and smart pillboxes, are making it easier to extend the number of … Continue reading

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The Mental Health Benefits Of Walking

According to an ongoing 20-year study of brain volume, walking may slow decline in adults with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, in addition to reducing the risk of mental decline in healthy adults. Researchers followed 426 people, including 299 … Continue reading

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Trouble With Distraction, Multitasking Increases With Age

As we age, the ability to focus on more than one thing at a time becomes difficult. Research from the University of California, San Francisco found that older brains have more difficulty remembering to complete a task after being presented … Continue reading

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Whole Grains Linked To A Long List Of Health Benefits

A diet rich in whole grains lowers the risk of a long list of chronic diseases, including stroke, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, colorectal cancer, gum disease, tooth loss, and inflammatory disease. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that individuals … Continue reading

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Deep Wrinkles May Be Sign Of Lower Bone Density Among Women

A study of women in their 40s and 50s found that those with deep skin wrinkles were more likely to have lower bone density. Dr. Lubna Pal, study researcher and reproductive endocrinologist at Yale School of Medicine, said the findings … Continue reading

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Quick Tips For Saving Money on Medical Expenses

According to a survey of women from the Commonwealth Fund, more than half said the rising cost of health care was keeping them from getting the treatments, procedures, and prescriptions that they need. But there are a number of ways … Continue reading

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A Good Night’s Rest Is Harder To Find For Adults Over 50

Getting a good night’s sleep is an increasingly difficult task for Americans in general, and worse for older adults. The average night’s sleep dropped from more than eight hours to six and a half hours between 1960 and 2010. And, … Continue reading

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The Average Drug Label Contains More Than 70 Potential Side Effects

The average prescription drug label lists 70 potential side effects, according to a recently published study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. Researcher Dr. Jon Duke, assistant professor of medicine at the Indiana School of Medicine, said having a … Continue reading

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Experts Doubt Blood Test Claiming To Measure Aging, Longevity

Researchers in Spain claim to have developed a genetic test that can estimate an individual’s biological age, as opposed to their chronological age. The test measures the length of the protective caps on the tips of chromosomes known as telomeres. … Continue reading

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Ginger Proves To Be An Effective Natural Painkiller

The healing powers of ginger have been known for thousands of years and have been used to help with everything from digestion to cancer. Now, research shows it may also be an effective pain killer. In a six-week study from … Continue reading

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