Better Aging

SSRIs Could Increase Dementia In Seniors

Dosing and regular patient monitoring may help reduce potential cognitive side effects

In the last 25 years, rates of antidepressant use in America have more than quadrupled, with 11% of the population taking these drugs-- most of which are SSRIs. Otherwise known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SSRIs help to treat issues like depression, anxiety, and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain, whi...

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Can Hospital Stays Temporarily Cause or Exacerbate Symptoms of Dementia?

Keeping your loved ones safe and healthy might not be as easy as you first thought

Whether you’re a caretaker, nurse, family member, or other friend, caring for an elderly loved one or patient should be a priority. And it’s more important now than ever to keep watch of your loved ones or patients suffering with dementia—especially if they become hospitalized for any related or unrelated reason. Here’s why:

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Service Dogs Could Help Prevent Wandering in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients

Because, as you age, knowing where you are can start to become a challenge

Unfortunately for many people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, getting to and from places isn’t always as simple as just looking around and knowing exactly where you are or where you’re headed. In fact, going somewhere that was once familiar can become a hassle as patients begin to age—and it can become painful for their loved ones watching them struggle to remem...

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Top 3 Medical Alert Apps for Smartphones

Help might be just a click away—and that can make all the difference

Senior citizen care can be tricky business for a lot of reasons. From dementia to diabetes, there are endless health concerns and hindrances that can put the elderly at risk when they are alone, driving, or at their home. And as a loved one and/or caregiver, you can only do so much to ensure that the seniors you care for are safe when you’re not around.

Getting older is a fact of life. As much as many of us dream of a fountain of youth that will keep us young and healthy forever, the reality is that it doesn't exists and we must ensure that we take care of ourselves as we age. Moreover, we must also place a great emphasis on ensuring that our parents and loved ones are also able to age both comfortably and safely.

If you have senior loved ones, chances are you’ve either experienced them having a bad fall, or have imagined it happening multiple times in your head. Aging is just a part of life—one most have to deal with more than once throughout their lives, whether it’s watching a loved one get older or experiencing it themselves. But the good news is that prevention practices and tips can keep you and y...

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4 Reasons Seniors Fall and How to Reduce the Risk

Prevention is the key to your loved one’s safety (and your peace of mind)

If you have a senior loved one, the risk of falls is likely one of your biggest concerns. And with good reason: Falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits, and deaths among the elderly. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a senior adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall every 11 seconds, and every 19 minutes a seni...

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When Your Senior Wanders: Solutions to Keep Them Safe

Innovative tools to deter, distract, and track

When a senior loved one begins to wander, it’s alarming. And unfortunately, this behavior is common among elderly who are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Unfortunately, ceasing the behavior is not always possible and can be difficult to constantly monitor. However, the main concern of family members should be to ensure that if their loved one does wander, that they stay safe can be loca...

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Medical Alerts: How They Work and How to Choose a Vendor

There are many options – here’s how to find the perfect match for your loved one.

When it comes to your senior loved one who has chosen to age in place, ensuring their safety is always top priority. And after you’ve gone through the home, eliminating dangers like loose rugs and clutter, installing grab bars and non-slip mats, putting a bedrail in the bedroom and taking other steps to reduce the risks, many folks invest in a medical alert system. ...

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Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Why They Wander and How to Keep Them Safe

Don’t wait until it happens: be prepared to protect your loved one

It’s an alarming statistic—six in ten people with Alzheimer’s or dementia will wander. This, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, is not only very normal behavior for people struggling with these conditions, it’s dangerous. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association also reports that if not found within 24 hours, up to half of these people will suffer serious injury or deat...

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Medication Management: Is an Organizer, Dispenser, or Monitor Best for Your Senior

These solutions can help your senior manage medication and maintain their independence

Staying independent is one of the biggest concerns that seniors face. Having the ability to remain in their own home and to take care of themselves seems like a pretty reasonable goal. And with the advent of today’s wide array of products designed to make life easier and safe for your loved one, even those who have medical conditions or mobility challenges are ofte...

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Medication Management: The Main Reason Children of Seniors Choose Assisted Living

And why you don’t necessarily have to go that route.

Currently, 44 percent of men and 57 percent of women older than 65 take five or more medications each day. Even more surprising – approximately 12 percent take 10 or more every day! And for seniors who are struggling with a myriad of challenges, the reliance on (and mixing of) all of these medications has the potential to cause numerous issues.

If you have dis...

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