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Is laughter the best medicine?

posted by Ted Ryan on April 15, 2015

Perhaps not, but there’s more to the old saying than you might think – especially for seniors and their caregivers. Life can seem humorless for aging seniors and their able-bodied yet overwhelmed caregivers, however, a good laugh might be just what the doctor ordered.

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A Great Snack & Caregiver's Secret Weapon

posted by Ted Ryan on March 30, 2015

Packed with nutrients and there’s no preparation required – nuts are a terrific snack for caregivers, who need to maintain their energy and are often short on time. They’re inexpensive, easy to store and convenient on the go. The fat content that once gave them a bad rap is now considered to be a “good fat.”

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Forgetfulness vs. Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

posted by Ted Ryan on March 17, 2015

Forgetfulness is a natural part of aging. Alzheimer’s disease is not.  So, just how is one to know when to take notice and when to figure they’re just hitting that age?

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Saving Your Vision – More Than Meets the Eye

posted by Ted Ryan on March 09, 2015

March is Save Your Vision Month. Contrary to popular belief, good vision doesn't necessarily mean that your eyes are healthy. The only way to ensure good vision and healthy eyes is to get a yearly check up by an eye doctor.

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St. Louis Home Care - Finding the Best Fit

posted by Ted Ryan on February 24, 2015

When it comes to finding care services for a loved one, you don’t want any caregiver – you want the best. Many considerations go into selecting an in-home care provider so thorough screening and background checks are key.  

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Overwhelmed? Stressed? Managing Caregiver Burnout.

posted by Ted Ryan on February 19, 2015

Professional caregivers and workers in the home care field are familiar with the role of a caregiver, however, most aging adults receive care from informal caregivers – family or friends who provide unpaid care.

Caring for aging loved ones, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, can become overwhelming. Stresses of caregiving often accompany the rewards. Studies show that caregivers are more likely to suffer from depression and other health issues.Read More…

Hooked on a Feeling - Emotions & Alzheimer's Patients

posted by Ted Ryan on February 03, 2015

A caregiver’s impact on the life of someone with Alzheimer’s is profound and wide ranging. Thanks to a recent study, we now know that a caregiver’s influence includes emotions – even after the actions that caused them are forgotten.Read More…

Good News for St. Louis Alzheimer's Disease Research

posted by Ted Ryan on January 20, 2015

The National Institutes on Aging has awarded more than $30 million in funding to St. Louis’ own Washington University for Alzheimer’s disease research efforts. Much of the focus goes to two studies researching ways to identify and treat Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms actually begin to appear.

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Avoiding the Holiday Blues and Depression Among Seniors

posted by Ted Ryan on December 17, 2014

The song says “tis the season to be jolly” but for some, the holidays can be a sad and lonely time. Days become shorter. Cold weather keeps you cooped up. Winter can be depressing – particularly for seniors, who may find themselves isolated and missing deceased loved ones and merrier times.

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Don't Let Jack Frost Catch You Off Guard

posted by Ted Ryan on December 04, 2014

Whether you love a cozy fire on a cold winter night or loathe the mere thought of a snow covered driveway, now is the time to prepare for the winter if you live in St. Louis.

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