Health and Wellness

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Senior Safety During the Risks of Summer

In the Bay Area, summer can bring scorching heat or heavy blankets of fog—sometimes both in a single weekend. When we think about preparing for summer, we often focus on preventing heat-related concerns like dehydration or heat illness. But we also need to consider other summertime challenges like wildfires and rolling blackouts triggered by heatwaves.

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Is It Dementia, or a Treatable Condition?

By Dr. Catherine Madison, Neurologist, Seniors At Home

Your loved one is starting to show signs of memory loss or confusion. They’re having trouble concentrating and seem to get frustrated easily. It’s natural to wonder: Could they be in the early stages of dementia? With society’s increasing awareness around Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the medical community has shifted toward earlier evaluation of

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By Dr. Catherine Madison, Neurologist, Seniors At Home

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Healthy Hearts: Understanding and Addressing the Health Effects of Loneliness and Isolation

Since 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson first declared February American Heart Month to bring attention to heart disease in the United States, February has been a time to educate the public about heart health, a term that brings to mind the importance of diet and exercise for a healthy cardiovascular system. But there are

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Is It Depression? Is It Dementia? Maybe It’s Both

Aging can bring changes in routine and social isolation that can be very difficult for older adults. Loneliness or stress can cause your senior loved one to feel particularly down or less engaged than usual in their daily lives. Could they be suffering from depression, or has isolation brought out an underlying mild dementia? Dr.

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Tips for Assessing Changes in Your Loved Ones’ Behavior

It’s natural to observe differences in the behaviors of aging family members over time. Particularly after a prolonged absence, these changes could be fairly noticeable. But how do you know if these changes are typical signs of aging, or if they signal something more concerning? Juli Koffman, Director of Seniors At Home, suggests watching for

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Balancing Medication Management and Dementia:

Tips to Help Those Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss Older adults often take multiple medications, vitamins, and supplements, and while this can be beneficial in many ways, it also increases the risk of medication mix-ups. In rare but serious cases, these simple mistakes can become dangerous and even fatal. Managing medications for

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Bridging the Gap: The Value of Comprehensive Dementia Support for Families

Dawn was barely keeping her head above water a year ago. The COVID-19 lockdowns were well underway, she was juggling a considerable teaching load and research demands as a University professor, and she was caring for her mother, who has dementia. As a result, Dawn was living on overdrive, and she was struggling. Fortunately, she

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Fighting the Progression of Alzheimer’s

A Review of Aduhelm, the New FDA-Approved Drug for Alzheimer’s By Dr. Catherine Madison, Neurologist, Seniors At Home The recent FDA approval of a new Alzheimer’s drug, aducanumab (Aduhelm) is being widely discussed and we wanted to help our community better understand this new potential treatment. It is important to note this is the first

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