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Care for Aging Veterans

  • Posted on: 16 August 2010
  • By: Guest (not verified)

My father is a Vietnam War veteran. I've moved closer to him so we can do more things together, and I've noticed his health isn't as good as it was. I thought he was getting the health care he needs, but now I'm not so sure. He smokes a lot, and I'm worried about heart disease.

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Insulin Therapy Options

  • Posted on: 3 August 2010
  • By: jleff

My doctor wants to start me on insulin for my diabetes. I hate the idea of giving myself shots. Is there any way to avoid insulin therapy? What devices might make my life easier?

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References: 1. Karter AJ, Subramanian U, Saha C, et al. Barriers to insulin initiation: the translating research into action for diabetes insulin starts project. Diabetes Care. 2010;33(4):733-735. 2. Marcus A. Diabetes care - insulin delivery in a changing world. Medscape J Med. 2008;10(5):120. 3. Nathan DM, Buse JB, Davidson MB, et al. Medical management of hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes: a consensus algorithm for the initiation and adjustment of therapy: a consensus statement of the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2009;32(1):193-203.
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There's More to Aging Than Watching TV

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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TV is a fun way to pass the time, but if you or your retired parents are spending too much time on the couch, try these activities for a richer retirement.
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TV is a fun way to pass the time, but if you or your retired parents are spending too much time on the couch, try these activities for a richer retirement.

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by Tracy Layden

Your parents have retired and are loving their free time. They particularly enjoy their Netflix queue and  are always on top of the latest shows.

TV is a fun way to pass the time, but are your parents (or you) spending too much time on the couch?

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Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds.
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Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds.

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SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds.

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What You Need to Know About Age-Related Blindness

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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Just because you see the world clearly now doesn't mean it won't start to blur as you age. Learn more about age-related macular degeneration.
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Just because you see the world clearly now doesn't mean it won't start to blur as you age. Learn more about age-related macular degeneration.
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Reviewed by Jeff Anshel, OD, FAAO, E Street Eyes, Encinitas, CA

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Are You the Child of a Narcissist?

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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Caring for a narcissistic parent can trigger resentment. Expert Meredith Gordon Resnick offers tips on moving beyond the resentment to be a compassionate caregiver.
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Caring for a narcissistic parent can trigger resentment. Expert Meredith Gordon Resnick offers tips on moving beyond the resentment to be a compassionate caregiver.

It's a common scenario: Your parent is aging, and little by little the roles are reversing. You are becoming their parent, and they are becoming like your child.

It's Time to Be Kind to Family Caregivers

  • Posted on: 23 November 2015
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November is National Family Caregivers Month and the perfect time to perform a random act of kindness for a caregiver you know.

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to be especially kind to those who care for aging family members. Many of those who are family caregivers are boomer women, sandwiched between the needs of their parents and their kids. They give, give, give to loved ones, while often sacrificing their own needs.

The Life of a Family Caregiver

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Who Is Caring for the Caregivers?

  • Posted on: 1 September 2015
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Caregiving is a tough, time-consuming, stressful task. Here are some tips to help caregivers care for themselves and their own health.

A wife, hesitant to put her ailing husband into a nursing facility or assisted living facility, chooses instead to care for him at home to save on costs and give him more attention.

A daughter, holding down her own full-time job, helps her elderly mother, who lives nearby, with medical or nursing-type tasks. She also oversees her mother's doctor appointments and does her grocery shopping and much of the cooking.

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