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When An Aging Loved One Insists “I’m Fine and I don’t Need Help!”

For family caregivers looking after an aging parent or loved one, reaching out to a senior care organization like Seniors At Home can feel like a betrayal of trust. Their loved one’s physical and mental condition is an increasing worry, yet they may keep insisting, “I’m fine and I don’t…

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Question/Answer: Early Stage Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and Clinical Trials

Question: My mother has just received an early stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis at age 69. Right now it seems like she is coping better than I am. How can I find resources about clinical trials? Answer: A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is never easy. Know that you are not alone; there are…

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Creating an Advanced Directive: Starting a Conversation that Counts

May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme is Get into the Act, highlighting how older Americans can take charge of their health and make a positive impact in the lives of others. Completing an advanced directive is one important way that older Americans can take charge, but millions…

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Head of Palliative Care Program Honored with Top Award

J. Redwing Keyssar Wins Prestigious Leadership Award J. Redwing Keyssar, RN, Director of the Palliative Care Program offered by Seniors At Home, was recently honored by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC). She received the prestigious 2015 Compassionate Care Leadership Award at CCCC’s annual summit held in Sacramento.…

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You Don’t Need to Be a Senior to Enjoy Seniors At Home’s Futures Programs

Several years ago, Kayla, a professor in her late 50s, was in a terrible car accident. It took months for her to recover. Soon after she returned to work, she developed a staph infection, which left her immune system severely compromised. “I realized then how important it is to have…

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How Do You Maintain Independence as You Age?

Looking at Helen, you’d think 92 is the new 75. Spry, quick-witted, and intellectually curious, she believed, until recently, she could do it all. But when a pulled muscle in her leg turned out to be severe arthritis in her hip, she acknowledged, “Now I know that I can’t do…

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Protecting Seniors’ Financial—and Physical—Well-Being

Josef, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor, never saw it coming. “I survived the Lodz Ghetto and three camp selections, but I didn’t see that a distant cousin who asked me to contribute to a special fund was stealing from me,” he said. Josef became so distraught that his Seniors At Home…

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Getting a Grip on Senior Depression

After Sylvia’s husband died, her friends tried to buoy her spirits by keeping her busy. Not a week went by when she wasn’t at the theater or symphony. But as time went on and invitations tapered off, Sylvia began feeling despondent. “I couldn’t shake this malaise,” she said. “My doctor…

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JFCS Announces New Center for Dementia Care

The Bay Area, as well as the country as a whole, is facing a crisis in dementia care. Estimates are that one of every two people 85 and older in the Bay Area has some form of dementia, and that by 2020, the region will experience a 49% increase in…

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Depression Is More Than a Downer: Seniors At Home Helps Clients Combat It

“While family and caregivers are usually quick to address physical issues that seniors may be experiencing, such as arthritis, heart disease, or osteoporosis, there are many times when their psychosocial well-being is overlooked,” says Traci Dobronravova, MSW, Associate Director of Seniors At Home. “Loneliness and depression are chief among the…

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