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Vitamin D Deficiency: Why Seniors Are at Increased Risk during the Winter

Vitamins and minerals are essential for optimum health. Unfortunately, many older adults are at increased risk of deficiencies for many reasons. A leading cause is that the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients decreases with age. It can put the senior at risk for illnesses such as osteoporosis, heart disease, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and even some forms of cancer.

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What Is Parkinson's Disease Dementia?

Actor Michael J. Fox has been on a mission to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and how it impacts an adult’s life. He was diagnosed with PD at just 29 years of age. Since then, he has shared his challenging journey through personal appearances and his work with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which has helped many learn more about the condition.

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How to Conduct a Bathroom Safety Audit at a Senior's Home

Falls are a leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Experts say an average of 2.8 million adults are treated in an emergency room for fall-related injuries every year. For seniors, the bathroom is the most dangerous place in the home. Older adults experience more falls here than in any other room in the house.

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Are Virtual Physician Visits an Option for Your Senior Family Member?

Telemedicine has become a $17.8 billion industry, and that growth is expected to continue. Experts say telehealth will grow by more than 18 percent each year through 2020. While some challenges remain, the convenience it offers to physicians and patients is driving the necessary innovation.

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What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

When the topic of dementia is raised, most people think of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s does account for the majority of cases of dementia, but other types can also be life-altering for older adults and their families. One of them is Lewy body dementia (LBD).

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How to Help a Senior Loved One Stay Safe on Facebook

When Facebook was launched in 2004, the goal was to help students at Harvard connect with one another. It quickly spread to college campuses across the country.

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The Adult Child Dilemma: Coping with Guilt When a Parent Moves to Assisted Living

Caring for an aging parent at home is a rewarding but demanding role. Family caregivers often take this job on while raising their own children and working outside the home. It is a juggling act that is understandably difficult to manage for an extended period.

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Trusts vs. Wills: What Is the Difference?

Developing wills, trusts, and other legal documents is a task many people plan to do “someday.” Then an emergency occurs and families don’t know a senior loved one’s wishes. It can lead to disagreements and long-term rifts among family members.

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