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State program allows family caregiving at home

Years ago, it was common for three or more generations to live together in one home. When aging family members needed care, they had plenty of people willing to pitch in to help out. Choosing to send a parent or grandparent to a nursing home was a last resort.

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How can families cope with isolated older relatives?

Summer seems to fliy by quickly in New England. Before you know it the cold weather arrives. For seniors, that means more isolation and lack of exercise.

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Facing Alzheimer’s: Help is just around the corner

Every 70 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. One in eight people aged 65 or older have the disease. In Worcester County alone, over 14,000 people have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.

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How do you take care of the caregiver?

Did you know that couples over age 65 are connected in such a way that the health of one person is related to the health of the other?

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When is a dementia sufferer ready for a long-term care facility?

When the caregiver can no longer cope with the physical and mental demands of caregiving, he or she should first consider support services.

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A different kind of ‘Make a Wish’

While the organizers are careful not to call them “last” wishes, they’re often the kind of activities the seniors can’t arrange themselves or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, like meeting a favorite celebrity or touring their childhood home.

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