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How memorable will Christmas of 2021 be for you? How many good deeds did you do for someone else in 2021? Were you able to help someone in need? Did you help someone who was not a member of your family or a close friend?

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Mental health issues have exploded during the pandemic, particularly for seniors. Many are reluctant to admit their struggle. Others are concerned about paying for treatment on a fixed income. The good news? Mental health counseling IS covered under Medicare.

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The best exercise you could get would be to select a place near where you live, mark off a walking course a mile in length, and set a personal goal of walking that distance. Many will find huge challenges in walking that distance. They will say, “I can't do that today,” or “I have this to do…

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Recent phone calls to our helpline have reminded me of Emma Lazarus's 1883 sonnet, “The Great Colossus”, which is inscribed on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty. These words welcome immigrants to our country: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, t…

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Q: I’m not wealthy. Why do I need an estate plan?

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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…