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Heart Disease in Women: Do You Know the Signs?

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 15, 2019 at 7:30 AM

When 53-year-old Kimberly Montgomery began sweating profusely and feeling nauseous after a hot yoga class, she thought nothing of it. Maybe she just needed to cool off from class. Maybe she ate something bad yesterday, or maybe it was just symptoms of menopause, she thought.

A friend convinced her to go to urgent care, where they quickly put her in an ambulance for the hospital. There, a surgeon told her he was going to do cardiac catheterization because she had just had a heart attack.

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Dementia Friends: Changing the Way We Think About Dementia

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 9, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Would you recognize the signs if you saw someone living with dementia? Dementia is a disease of the brain that can cause more than memory problems. Though it is not a normal part of aging, it is possible for someone with dementia to have a good quality of life, and that’s where you come in.

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Excess Belly Fat Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 27, 2018 at 7:30 AM

A 2018 study of more than 5,000 older adults led to the conclusion that excess belly fat is associated with cognitive decline. These findings add to the body of evidence that demonstrates how people who are overweight don’t perform as well on memory and visuospatial tests, with this particular study focusing specifically on belly fat cognitive healthexcess belly fat and older adults. (Visuospatial tests measure a person’s ability to perceive similarities and differences among objects.)

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Play Games, Reap Health Benefits

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 25, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Lisa Ruderman initially put off learning the card game canasta. She was busy and really didn’t think she wanted to devote the time needed to learn this form of rummy. Eventually, she changed her mind, and was glad she did.

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Questions to Ask About Cognitive Decline

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 19, 2018 at 7:30 AM

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with some sort of cognitive decline, you likely have plenty of questions. And, being armed with the right information can be a significant help in managing life circumstances when cognitive abilities aren’t as sharp as they once were. questions about cognitive decline

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Living Trust or Will? What to Know

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM

If you’ve started planning for your estate, you have likely come across the terms ‘will’ and ‘living trust.’ While the two sound similar, and both allow you to name beneficiaries of your property, a will and living trust serve different purposes. 

However, if you haven’t begun the estate planning process, you’re not alone. A survey found that 40 percent of adults aged 53-71 do not have a will or living trust in place. While no one wants to think about end-of-life planning, having a will or living living trust or willtrust upon your death can save your family emotional stress.

Here is what to keep in mind when considering estate planning documents like a will or living trust.

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Basic First Aid to Know for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 11, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, at virtually any time, but older adults are more prone to certain types of them and may need special care. So, to prepare yourself for potentially helping an injured person, you can check the Red Cross website to see when they are offering first aid classes, including CPR certification courses, in your community.

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Simple Tips to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 5, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Whether you’re traveling across the country to visit family or friends, heading to a festive party or simply out shopping, the holidays can be busy. This time ThinkstockPhotos-536665840of year can certainly be enjoyable, but it can also bring an increased risk of sickness thanks to increased travel and all those get-togethers.

Keep yourself—and your family—healthy this holiday season with these simple tips.

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How to Choose a Medical Power of Attorney

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 29, 2018 at 7:30 AM

 

Have you thought about who would make medical decisions for you if you were unable to make them for yourself?

According to researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly half (47 percent) of hospitalized older adults required some degree of surrogate medical power of attorneydecision-making, with 23 percent requiring all medical decisions be made via surrogate. Of those 47 percent who required at least one decision be made via surrogate, 57 percent of those decisions involved life-sustaining care.

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3 Technologies To Watch To Help You Remain Independent

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 27, 2018 at 7:30 AM

 

When you think of technology that allows you to remain independent, what comes to mind? Is it those medical alert devices you wear around your neck? Or smart watches that monitor your heart rate and can detect falls? ThinkstockPhotos-595770806

There are myriad technologies available to help you remain independent, and not all of them are used to alert caregivers of a medical issue; some simply make your life easier. Here, we look at three of them and explore how to erase the stigma that might come with adopting these technologies.

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