By MD for Seniors

Many older Americans would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as they possibly can.

Making that decision means weighing a lot of factors, including home safety. One way to find out whether your senior loved one’s home is safe, comfortable, and functional is to conduct a Home Safety Audit.

Since it is National Safe at Home Week, now is a great time to think about conducting one on your senior loved one’s home.

What is a Home Safety Audit?

Everyone needs a home that’s safe and secure, but seniors may need a few modifications made to their …read more

By MD for Seniors

Shopping around for a senior living community can make you feel like you’re lost in a foreign country.

The language is different, you’re not sure whom to ask for help, and you just want everything to be easy and normal again.

It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Many have gone before you, successfully finding a proper setting and a new home for their senior loved ones.

The key is avoiding the common mistakes that people make in their search for senior living.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Searching for a Senior Living Community

There are many pitfalls to avoid. …read more

By MD for Seniors

Generations of Americans have based their food choices on the familiar Food Pyramid.

Created by the USDA to educate Americans about the proper balance of food groups to eat, it’s a useful, visual tool that reminds us to eat more healthy foods and less unhealthy foods.

The food pyramid is still around, but these days you might notice that a few changes have been made. For starters, it’s not a pyramid anymore!

The new food pyramid is a plate.

Called MyPlate, there are two versions: one for people over 50 and one for younger people. The idea is that dietary recommendations …read more

By MD for Seniors

Nobody should ignore vision problems. That’s a given. But seniors should be on extra high alert for changes in their vision.

It’s because these changes could very well be signs of an age-related eye disease. And, because some of these diseases can appear suddenly, it’s important to catch those signs early on.

Having your eyes checked once a year is one of the best ways to protect your vision.

Since this is National Eye Exam Month, it’s a great time to remind seniors that certain vision symptoms should never be ignored. You can learn about those symptoms below, but scheduling an …read more

By MD for Seniors

You and your aging parents probably have a lifetime of difficult conversations behind you, but the toughest could be yet to come.

Asking your aging parents how they’re doing financially and how they plan to live out their years is right up there among the top worst ways to spend an afternoon together.

Ignoring the topic, however, is a bad idea. Don’t wait for a crisis to start discussing financials.

Tough Discussions are Often Loaded with Deeper Meaning

Talking about money is hard at this stage in life because your parents’ may feel it signifies a loss of independence. It also …read more

By MD for Seniors

It’s hard to believe that simple activities you can do at home may help ward off a disease as complex as Alzheimer’s.

It’s also surprising that advice your grandmother may have given you could protect your memory in the face of dementia.

However, there is ample evidence that simple lifestyle changes can indeed reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.

“This Recipe Works”

A study of 1200 people at high risk for Alzheimer’s was conducted over the course of two years. One group was given a total “lifestyle makeover” which included nutrition advice, an exercise trainer, social activities, and careful management of …read more

By MD for Seniors

Backyard parties are a summer tradition that almost everyone loves, no matter what age they might be. Planning is often the key to success.

This guide will help you plan a summer party that pleases and delights across the generations, from Generation Z to the Greatest Generation.

Be Mindful of Older Adults’ Comfort When Choosing a Venue

Most would agree that the best place for a summer party is your very own backyard. But that can be a problem if your yard isn’t big enough to accommodate a crowd. If you’re choosing a venue, keep in mind that the older adults …read more

By MD for Seniors

Somewhere between 36 and 44 percent of U.S. households own a dog, according to the Humane Society

In two-thirds of those households, the dog is considered a member of the family. For people with chronic health conditions, it’s a safe bet to say a dog is more than just a family member.

If it’s an assistance dog, it can be a life-changer, too.

In celebration of National Assistance Dog Week, we’re here to share some incredible facts about assistance dogs and how they can improve quality of life.

Part of the Caregiving Team: Assistance Dogs

For older Americans who have chronic health …read more

By MD for Seniors

Not all forms of dementia are caused by Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, there are plenty of conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s—well enough to stump doctors, in some cases.

While it’s never good news when symptoms include memory loss, personality changes, and confusion, there is some hope.

Many of the conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s disease are treatable with early intervention.

From vitamin deficiencies to the side effects of drugs, there’s a lot that can happen to cause memory loss and confusion.

Treatable Conditions Easily Mistaken for Alzheimer’s Disease

There are actually over 100 conditions whose symptoms can spark fears of Alzheimer’s disease. Here …read more

By MD for Seniors

We all know intrinsically that some of our favorite things to do aren’t that good for us.

If some of your favorite pastimes leave you feeling a little dull around the edges, perhaps it’s time to find some new hobbies.

Watching too much TV is a prime example of a hobby that doesn’t exactly help you with your mental or physical fitness goals. On the other hand, you don’t have to be a yoga fanatic or a master of vegan baking techniques to enjoy hobbies that contribute to your health.

As you’ll see below, many healthy hobbies can be just …read more