The Dos and Don’ts of Elder Care Planning

When it comes to preparing for old age, there is so much to consider and decide that the mere thought of it can feel overwhelming. It’s no wonder so many people delay the inevitable — though they end up wishing they hadn’t. View image | gettyimages.com To make life easier, Pennsylvania’s Sentinel recently published a list of general dos and …

Medicaid and Medicare Turn 50 but Still Have Growing Pains

The United States government is celebrating the 50th anniversaries of Medicaid and Medicare this summer, both programs officially having sprung to life on July 30, 1965. Websites like CMS.gov and AIDS.com are honoring the occasion with a “Keeping Americans Healthy for 50 Years” celebration. Both sites highlight the many changes, improvements, and advances in the two systems since President Lyndon …

35 Million Seniors Have Lung Disease and Don’t Know It

Shocking but apparently true: in America alone, there may be as many as 35 million Americans with undiagnosed lung disease. The findings are detailed in a new report from Reuters. View image | gettyimages.com For the most part, these are former smokers who don’t yet meet the diagnosis criteria for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or cancer. Nevertheless, they’re already …

Canada Opens Its Own Dementia Village

Anyone with family members suffering with dementia knows all too well the constant worry they face as they try to live their daily lives. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to alleviate that hardship outside of a hospital? View image | gettyimages.com Medical research continues to reveal numerous and exciting innovations in the treatment and prevention of …

Google Says It’s Possible to Live to Be 500 Years Old

Life keeps getting longer. We routinely hear that the next generation can expect to see more than a century’s worth of life. But that’s not enough for Google. They want to get in a good five centuries’ worth, at least. That’s not just a pipe dream, Bill Maris says. It’s reality. Maris is the president and managing partner of Google …

Helen Mirren Sends a Message About the New Face of Old Age

Actress Helen Mirren will turn seventy years old this summer, but she is nobody’s idea of “old.” Contrary to expectations, she’s gracing magazine covers, winning awards, and landing “beauty roles” in Hollywood’s biggest films. View image | gettyimages.com At the same time, she’s making movies like RED — a comedy-action franchise inspired by the Retired and Extremely Dangerous comic book …

Dementia Is Now Our Biggest Fear

What do stroke, cancer, and heart disease have in common? They’re all less frightening than dementia. View image | gettyimages.com A new survey finds that more people consider dementia to be their biggest fear, surpassing any other disease — including stroke, heart disease, and cancer — even though those conditions have a much higher rate of death. A full third of …

Dehydration: A Hidden Danger for Seniors

Dehydration might seem like it belongs on the less serious end of the senior illness spectrum, but the condition actually affects everything from energy levels to organ health. Some medications for the elderly depend on adequate hydration levels to prevent toxicity. View image | gettyimages.com Unfortunately, seniors are at higher risk for dehydration than any other age group. To make …

Guardianship For Elders

    In some cases, nursing homes are using guardianship taking control over their patients. Preparing for aging parents is tough financially, emotionally, and in some cases can include a sustained legal battle. A recent article highlights the Palermo’s and the tactic being used by their nursing home to pursue guardianship to protect their financial interest. What is a Guardianship? A …

How’s Mom? Ask Your Computer.

People with aging parents often worry about their moms’ and dads’ daily welfare. How are all the little things? Eating, exercise, checkups at the doctor’s office, etc.? Well now your smartphone can do all that worrying for you. View image | gettyimages.com The Washington Post reports on a new mobile platform called GreatCall, a series of devices designed to keep …