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Identity Fraud Targeting the Elderly

The largest coordinated sweep of identity fraud involving US seniors has recently been conducted. The US Department of Justice has reported that more than one million elderly people have collectively lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of this targeted financial abuse. The Department has criminally charged 200 out of 250 defendants identified in the…

Food for Thought: Why Switching to Veganism Can Be an Invaluable Health Choice for Seniors With Disabilities

Advancing in age also means becoming more vulnerable to a long list of diseases and disabilities. But much like other population groups, the elderly may also enjoy the health benefits of switching to a vegan diet. The topic of aging and veganism is not widely studied but here are some of the ways that senior…

The Different Levels of Clutter/Hoarding and How to Recognize Them

Clutter can mean different things for different people. For some, a small pile of clothes in the corner of an otherwise well-ordered room constitutes serious clutter. For others, the clutter might only register when a room in their house becomes inaccessible. To help us more accurately distinguish the level of the clutter and provide appropriate…

Choose Love, Not Stuff

I wrote this while my mother was ill some time ago, but the message is still true: Choose balance, choose love, and replace “things” with treasured memories and happy days. There is never enough time. As I sit here in the ICU with my ailing mother I lament on what I should have done. What…

How to Declutter your Life – Lessons from Nature

There is a natural order to the world. Think about it. There are all sorts of ways that nature keeps a balance to prevent clutter. Rain washes away debris and feeds the earth. Flowers die and drop seeds to reproduce more flowers. Forest fires rekindle growth in over grown areas. Even as human beings we…

Hoarding and Mental Health – Finding the Support You Need

For adults with disabilities or special needs, disorganization can be a huge problem — for both the individual and the family. Individuals with mental health issues often exhibit the attributes of hoarding disorder. Understanding the delicacy, privacy and pain of a hoarder’s situation is key to gaining their trust and reducing their stress during the…

Dementia and Guardianship

1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s). One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. By mid-century, someone in the United…

10 Safety Tips for the Elderly during the Icy Winter Months

Remember the excitement you felt as a kid when you got a snow day?!  Your imagination went wild as you fantasized about the snow fort you would make next to your perfect snow man. Unfortunately as we age, snow days become less exciting and more of an inconvenience, and sometimes even dangerous.  Making sure your…

Depression: Top Mental Health Threat to Seniors

Depression is NOT an inevitable part of aging. Changes that accompany later life – retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems – can sometimes lead to mental health issues like depression. Depression prevents elderly loved ones from enjoying life. Aside from mood, depression impacts energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health. Depression in…

10 ways to Maintain Your Brain© from The National Alzheimer’s Association

Head first: Good health starts with your brain. It’s one of the most vital body organs, and it needs care and maintenance. Take brain health to heart: Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s. Your numbers count: Keep your body weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol and blood sugar levels within recommended ranges….