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dementia person with caregiver

Everyone copes with different challenges when taking care of someone with dementia, but some of the same problems are shared by many caregivers. For this article, several caregivers whose loved ones reside in a long-term care facility near Baltimore, Md., were interviewed. What follows are some of the most common concerns.

plaque buildup in an artery

The cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins were hailed as a very effective treatment for high cholesterol when they were first being used. Like most drugs, they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after their safety and efficacy were tested in clinical trials.

seniors discussing Medicare plans

Medicare Advantage plans are becoming more popular with seniors. In June 2015, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reported that the number of beneficiaries enrolled in these plans has more than tripled since 2004. Today, 31% of people on Medicare are in a Medicare Advantage plan (Henry J.

chronic pain chart

The burden of chronic disease on people in this country may seem to be mainly due to heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. Although these diseases certainly affect people’s lives, there is another problem that has emerged as a significant public health issue.

washing hands

Food-borne illness—commonly known as food poisoning—can result from the presence of bacteria, parasites, or viruses on food or food preparation surfaces.

flu shot

It’s October and thus the very beginning of the official flu season, which runs through May. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this contagious respiratory illness most often peaks between December and February. The flu vaccine becomes available as early as August, but by early November last year, only about half of the U.S.

brain training graphic

So-called “brain games” have become big business. Many companies claim their games and exercises can boost your intellect, improve memory, and even stave off dementia-related illnesses. But do they really work?

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Because of increasing awareness, the number of seniors who have advance directives in place has risen somewhat over the past two decades. Despite the increase, about half of people over 60 still haven’t put their end-of-life wishes into writing.

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A common problem later in life is a runny nose, watery eyes, or both. Either seems like a minor problem, but they can certainly be bothersome.