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Living with Alzheimer’s disease

Living with Alzheimer’s disease

What’s normal and when should I be worried? Have you ever entered the parking lot of the mall after a full day of shopping and wondered, “where on earth have I parked my car?” Does this lapse in memory mean you should be worried about Alzheimer’s? Probably not. We are...

Aging Together announces new executive director

Aging Together announces new executive director

Ellen Phipps is the new executive director of Aging Together, the organization recently announced. Phipps is co-author of “Connections: Engagement in Life for Persons with Dementia, A Complete Activities Guide.” Aging Together is a partnership of organizations and...

Arriving Safe and Sound

Arriving Safe and Sound

Knowing the risks and taking precautions for senior drivers Walter Jones had considered himself a safe driver since he was a teenager. In nearly 60 years, he had received only one parking ticket and a warning from a police officer for speeding. Since his 75th...

Our Community’s Veterans

Our Community’s Veterans

Connecting our veterans with local and national resources Roy M. (name changed for privacy), a Vietnam-era vet being treated for cancer, was struggling with difficult medical treatments while working to support his family; without his income, Roy and his wife faced...

Legal Considerations for Seniors

Legal Considerations for Seniors

Proper preparation can bring piece of mind I consider myself a planner. I like to know ahead of time what needs to be done this weekend, next week, even for next summer’s vacation. But when it comes to legal and financial issues that should be addressed, I, like many...

Lessons From the Blue Zones

Lessons From the Blue Zones

Analyzing centenarians and the keys to a long and happy life Do you want to live to be 100 years old? Most people I speak with on my travels say “no,” with the caveat that if they could be guaranteed good health and happiness, they might consider it. Living a century...

From one caregiver to another…

From one caregiver to another…

Dealing with dementia-related care takes knowledge and patience Over 30 years ago, I started working with families and professional caregivers of people dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as the executive director of an Alzheimer’s Association chapter....

Caring for Yourself

Caring for Yourself

Being responsible for assisting an elderly family member is important, but so are you Did you know more than 42 million people in the U.S. are family caregivers? You may be one and not realize it. Caregiving is hands-on assistance, but may also include errands, making...

Navigating the Stages of Care

Navigating the Stages of Care

Understand the services available to help you in caring for your elderly loved one For several years Pam Johnson cared for her husband, Joe who suffered from advanced diabetes, a chronic lung condition, and who was becoming increasingly forgetful. Pam and Joe’s...

Creating a Plan

Creating a Plan

The holidays can be an opportunity to discuss emergency plans for aging family members It’s human nature to plan for the “fun” events – weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions. But when it comes to the not-so-fun things, many people tend to put off creating...

Safety Precautions for Senior Citizens

Safety Precautions for Senior Citizens

Educate before you medicate Phyllis Brown was one of the rare 75-year-olds who had never taken medication, other than a daily vitamin and an occasional aspirin. When Phyllis fell, broke her hip, and returned home after three months in rehab, she had a regimen of four...

Socialization, Activities, and Camaraderie

Socialization, Activities, and Camaraderie

Fauquier Senior Center offers these keys to remaining engaged and avoiding isolation Brenda was a bookkeeper for 31 years. She looked forward to retirement when she could travel, garden, and sleep late. After leaving her job, however, Brenda found that she missed...

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