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Why should you exercise? Because if you don't, it will catch up to you at some point and cause “a heap of unwanted problems”! As a columnist, the majority of my writing has been devoted to this topic. And, I have plenty of personal experience to prove the importance of exercise, especially a…

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Q: The hospital said we need to apply for guardianship of my Dad. What is that?

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In this series, I have talked about physical fitness for seniors, the challenges associated with growing old, and the importance of a workout routine. No matter what we do to slow the process, we will grow old (if we are lucky). What matters, then, is the effort we direct to accepting or cha…

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Q: I was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Who besides my doctor can I talk to about this?

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The short answer? Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental care. Some retirees have the means to afford dental procedures, while low-income seniors may end up sacrificing dental care altogether. Unfortunately, this is a stage of life when people need it most.

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For many years I have written about maintaining your strength as you grow older. When I started writing about this topic, I was 64 years old. As I added years, I was still running and lifting weights five days a week. By age 70, I had stopped running due to a hip operation but went to the gy…

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When we are born, our brain is about 25% of the size it will become in adulthood. Incredibly, it doubles in size in the first year and is nearly full grown by age five.

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My 80-year-old brother said to me in a recent phone call, "Brother, you are old". I thought about that and then replied, "Yes, I am". Since I can't change the fact that I am old, the real challenge is how I handle it. In my last Navy assignment I worked with 550 retired military personnel, o…

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This is probably one of the most neglected topics in our discussions on aging. Strength has become very important to me over the last few years. Like many who visit the gym on a regular basis, I thought I would never have a problem with my physique. How wrong I was.

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For two weeks I have thought about the topic of this article. It describes something that happens too often in the life of average senior Americans when our care system breaks down (though we seldom hear about it). Sadly, the following case did happen and underscores the importance of our ne…

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I am a caregiver for my parents and sometimes I cry or yell over the smallest thing. What is wrong with me?

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In the U.S., men die (on average) five years earlier than women, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The top three causes of death for men? Heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury. So of course men would benefit from early detection of these and other maladies…

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Today I want to follow up my recent article on making tough decisions. Placing an elderly person in a care facility is difficult for both parties, the placer and the one being placed. One reason for this difficulty is lack of communication.

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This is an important question, as depression and anxiety levels in the U.S. are elevated from multiple stressors. Currently, an American dies from suicide every 12 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death for youth and the 10th leading cause of death overall for adults.

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In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Each year on that day, nations of the globe officially voice their opposition to the abuse, suffering and neglect inflicted upon our elder population.

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My column today addresses the transition of seniors from their home to a care facility, an event which can traumatize those who are unprepared. More and more people will face this tough decision as our country ages. Sadly, many of us avoid discussing such life changing situations, even thoug…

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Helping Seniors is introducing a new program called Staying Connected to reduce isolation in Brevard's elderly population. The idea for the program comes from work we did at the Alzheimer's Foundation in the late 1990s. Each day, two volunteers from AARP called 20 people who lived alone to s…

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What do I mean by such a title? With all that has personally happened since August 2020, those words are tremendously important to me. Devoting much of the past eight months to my own physical health, I withdrew from work, friendships, church, and many things I did for others through Helping…

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Q: My husband says I'm hard of hearing, because I sometimes don't catch everything he says. Is he right?

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Labor Day is the perfect time to appreciate the labor and union movements that have brought this great nation of ours to the leadership position it enjoys today. Personally I am reminded of the growth of the medical profession and its ability to help people. In particular, I would like to di…

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It is easy to get wrapped around the axle talking about senior care and how to pay for it, types of care, transportation, living accommodations, etc. While these issues do affect our ability to live comfortably and within our means, it is equally important to remember our family, friends, an…

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In 2016, we did a television show of the Brevard County Fire and Rescue team from Station No. 62 in Sea Park (watch it at helpingseniorsofbrevard.info/event/0622c-scgtv-hs052/). We shot the tape at the station with the ambulance in the background, and it was as realistic as possible. Right t…

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Depending which article, journal, magazine, etc, you read, you get a different view on the seriousness of COVID-19. While I am not a medical person, over the years I have managed to acquire what I hope is ‘Common Sense.’ There are things we can do that make sense and others that do not. This…

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In my last article on long term care (LTC), I wrote about ways to keep a person in their home safely, often at a cost lower than care outside the home, which is usually not desired by the patient. In addressing the elements of either in-home or facility care, there are many considerations to…

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In all my years of writing articles for publication, this one is especially difficult. I do not want to step on any toes, as our nonprofit organization, Helping Seniors, partners with many professional care giving businesses. While dependent for support, I also am bound by personal ethics to…

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Over the years I have written many articles about the importance of physical fitness as we age. I believe that the person best informed about your fitness status is you. The medical profession is able to help you make decisions, but when your body is telling you corrective action is needed, …

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Since my last column, our country and state have experienced changes like none I have witnessed before. Many of us who lived during World War II did not experience some of the current restrictions; even in time of war we were able to attend the religious service of our choice. Social distanc…

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I often write about unmet senior needs in Brevard, many of which were uncovered in a 1996 countywide survey. Why haven't we fixed them in 24 years? Partly because of the failure of those we elect to the Florida House and Senate to act in our best interests. Years ago I ran unsuccessfully for…

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While it was disappointing to cancel the first meeting of the new Senior Advocacy Council, it was equally heartening to see that 50 people signed up for the event. For 30 years I have been advocating for seniors in Brevard and believe that seniors and caregivers are starting to realize that …

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After months of anticipation, it is now official – Helping Seniors will sponsor a new Senior Advocacy Group at Zon assisted living facility, located at 1894 South Patrick Drive in Indian Harbor Beach. Join us the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. until noon. The first meeting will be …

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For several years I have written about senior advocacy: Why it is needed, why it is important, what it can accomplish. The long and short of it is that if no one does anything, seniors will get left further behind in the dust. My New Year's resolution is to do what I can to promote the build…

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We have long neglected developing a plan to build affordable housing for current and future residents of Brevard County. No one is really certain of the number that are homeless or the number that need affordable housing. One of the earliest documented needs for affordable housing occurred 2…

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After a 38-year career in the Navy and nearly 30 years in Brevard working in elder care, I often run into people from my past. In fact, I never know where the next call for help might come from. Recently I was intrigued by a call to our Helpline because the name on caller ID was the same as …

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I have worked in the senior care system for 32 years. During that time, I have grown older too, but make it a priority to participate in and support programs that assist us as we age.

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Over the years I have done many radio and TV shows and written articles on fall prevention. Chris Marriott, Director of Physical Therapy from Kindred at Home, has spoken about their Safe Strides fall prevention program on several of my shows. Today I will talk about a personal experience, wh…