The Latest Promising Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s Treatment

5.7 million American seniors, or 10 percent of those over age 65, are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease – and that number is anticipated to rise to as many as 14 million by the year 2050. The race is on as experts scramble to find a cure or, at least, an effective treatment option. And besides the emotional toll the condition takes on both individuals diagnosed and their loved ones, the financial impact is shocking, costing as much as $277 billion in 2018 and expected to grow to over $1 trillion by 2050.

The latest findings in Alzheimer’s clinical trials.

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Can Exercise Help Overcome the Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease?

Healthy Senior Man in GYMThe results of remaining physically active throughout aging are considerable, but for those with Parkinson’s, it could truly be a game-changer in the progression of the disease. Several recent studies are showing direct links between regular exercise for seniors and Parkinson’s, such as the largest clinical study to date, for which patients who exercised at least 2½ hours per week attained a greater total well-being than those who refrained from physical exercise. And that is only the beginning. [Read more…]

The Top Foods to Avoid for a Kidney Friendly Diet

Senior Woman Eating Healthy SaladAs the saying goes, we are what we eat, and for people with kidney disease, it is even more vital that an appropriate nutrition plan be observed to lessen symptoms, such as swelling, pain, nausea and more, and to perhaps even slow down the progression of the disease. Regency Home Care recommends the following dietary considerations (after approval by the physician) to ensure a kidney friendly diet: [Read more…]

Best Tips for Seniors Living with Kidney Disease

Itching. Hiccups. Loss of appetite. Sleep problems. These are just some of the seemingly innocuous indicators that could mean kidney disease. And with as many as 20 million people in America diagnosed with the disease, and many more not yet diagnosed, it’s crucial to bring any troublesome signs to the attention of the doctor. [Read more…]

Amazing Technologies Help Those with Vision Loss

Blind person holding white caneAffecting millions of Americans, vision loss is as varied as the people who experience it – from simply having to don a pair of reading glasses to scan through the morning paper, to complete blindness. And it’s much more prevalent in older adults, with one in every three elders over age 65 having some sort of eye disease that impacts vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, among others. Thankfully, as with a lot of other challenging conditions, technology continues to explode with choices to improve standard of living for many experiencing vision problems. Just take a look at a few of the vision enhancement tools that are already available: [Read more…]

The Best Way to Address Senior Money Management

Mature Woman Helping Senior Neighbor With Home FinancesIt’s a sensitive topic to discuss with aging parents, but one that should be resolved at some point: senior money management. Many adult children are hesitant to muddle with

 until there’s an obvious need, but beginning the conversation prior to the need provides ample opportunity to ensure all things are in order. [Read more…]

How to Communicate with Aging Parents Without Hurtful Feelings

Shocking news.Honesty is always the best policy, right? Even so, there are times when some truths are better left unsaid or at least worded more positively, especially when talking with aging loved ones. While we could have the best of intentions in wanting to help seniors navigate life, we are able to help prevent hurt feelings in our aging parents by rethinking statements such as the following: [Read more…]

Is It Possible to Go Overboard with Senior Health Care?

Mature radiologist talking to senior patient.Most people want the most effective medical care for our family and friends, but is it possible that in some cases, less is the most beneficial? Based upon a recent report published in Plos One by Dr. Martin Makary, professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a full 21% of treatment people receive is unneeded – meaning that huge numbers of patients put through various treatment plans, tests and scans are receiving little or no benefit. And these types of unwarranted healthcare services come at a price: up to $210 billion on a yearly basis, as revealed by the National Academy of Medicine. [Read more…]

Be Sure to Check for These Red Flags During Holiday Visits with Aging Parents

Smiling Mature nurse embracing senior woman and holding a Christmas gift while sitting on the sofa.Living far apart makes it tough to go visit our aging parents as often as we would wish, but over the holidays, families make a more concerted effort to enjoy quality time together – making it the optimal occasion to assess an older adult’s safety and wellbeing. There are lots of red flags that can’t be witnessed in weekly telephone conversations, e-mails, or even through Skype, but which often become apparent when the family is all together during the holiday season. [Read more…]

Holidays with Alzheimer’s: Georgia Home Care Experts Share Helpful Tips

Photo of elderly woman having breakfast with her caregiversObserving the holiday season through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can feel anything but merry and bright. Family members might be stressed with caregiving duties, and the disruption to routine can cause more distress for a person struggling with the effects of dementia. [Read more…]