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Cognitive Impairment and Fall Risk

One of the concerns that many have about aging is the feared loss of cognitive abilities and increased memory problems. Although normal changes in cognitive functioning are experienced with age, these changes are usually not extensive enough to interfere with daily life and functioning, and people are able to find ways to accommodate the changes they experience.

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5 Quick, Nutritious Meals for Hot Summer Days

Selecting quick, nutritious meals for hot summer days is not always easy for elders who are more sensitive to heat exhaustion and dehydration when the temperatures rise. Loss of appetite, poor sleep and wilting energy are common for older adults in hot weather, so can certain foods and drinks help cool the body?

Larry Bell Caregiver of the Year 2019 Finalist

From Raising a Son With Functional Needs to Caring for Elders

“As a child, my grandfather would always tell me that when I grew up I should find a job I really loved and I’d never actually work a day in my life,” Larry Bell says. “I didn’t understand that sentiment until I became a caregiver."

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Promising New Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Studies

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and to highlight innovative research to help prevent and treat cognitive diseases, we interviewed Dr. Daniel Murman, a neurologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebr. Dr. Murman focuses on older adults who have cognitive impairment or dementia. He is the UNMC Director of Behavioral and Geriatric Neurology Program and Vice Chair of Clinical and Translational Research. With nearly 25 years of his career dedicated to Alzheimer’s, Dr. Murman is currently leading a clinical trial on preventing Alzheimer’s.

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Differences Between In-Home Care Services

When an older loved one or adult with a disability needs caring support at home, it can feel daunting to know which professional care services are best. Who can help with bathing and meals? Is a registered nurse needed for wound care? Can hospice care happen at home?

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Air Travel Tips for Seniors With Health and Mobility Issues

At Right at Home, we believe that age or disability should not be a hindrance to travel. If you are considering longer-distance adventures with a loved one who has health or mobility issues, here are a few air travel tips and advice we have for you.

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Smartphone Apps to Help Caregivers of Older Adults

From medication management, to identifying health programs and keeping up with medical appointments, these 5 smartphone apps are designed to make life easier for caregivers.

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A Labor of Love: Caregiving With Understanding and Empathy

“There are lots of times when I get in my car and cry after leaving a client’s house,” says Harwell, caregiver with Right at Home. “But I get it out, then move on. I come into their lives because their health is failing in some capacity, but I get glimpses of what their lives have been like — filled with love, laughter, adventure, family and hobbies. It’s so nice to be able to see those things in all of them.”

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Retired Nurse Launching Second Career in Home Care

"I don’t work as a nurse specifically now, but I can certainly draw upon what I’ve learned in my nursing career,” Rodgers points out. Her hospital nurse experience prepared her for caring for older adults with challenging health conditions. “Because I’ve worked in acute health settings, I know how to look beyond the disease process and see the person,” Rodgers says.

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Arthritis Prevention and Care Tips

Anyone of any age can get arthritis—the Arthritis Foundation says that about 300,000 babies and children have arthritis or a rheumatic condition—but the joint disease becomes more common with age. The CDC states that from 2013 to 2015, almost half of people age 65 and older in the U.S. reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.