Medications and Older Adults

  • Caregiver Tips for Managing Swollen Feet and Ankles in Seniors

    Swollen extremities are common, especially during the heat of summer, but persistent swelling may point to a serious underlying condition. Experienced caregivers share their best tips for monitoring edema, reducing inflammation and improving circulation.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Improving Sleep Quality

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for helping a loved one with PD get quality rest.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Coping with PD Psychosis

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for handling hallucinations and delusions associated with PD.

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  • Strategies for Overcoming MS-Related Sleep Disorders

    A good night’s sleep can be elusive for those with multiple sclerosis. Try these solutions for reducing trips to the bathroom at night, relieving spasticity and achieving the perfect bedroom temperature for quality rest.

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  • Help America Start Talking About Opioids

    Millions of Americans are prescribed opioid pain medications, but discussions on safe usage and how to reduce the risk of an overdose have fallen by the wayside. Learn how you can help keep yourself and your loved one safe while taking these medicines.

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  • Your Eyes Need Sun Protection, Too

    Did you know that your eyes are just as susceptible to sun damage as your skin? The next time you head outside, be sure to don a pair of sunglasses to reduce your risk of developing eye conditions like photokeratitis, macular degeneration and cataracts.

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  • Being One's Own Healthcare CEO

    There are joys and perils that come with managing one’s own healthcare. I work with my doctors to manage my Parkinson's disease as much as I can, but sometimes they get it wrong... and I take charge.

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  • A Little Aging Knowledge Can Be Your Greatest Asset

    Most people expect to look and feel different as they age, but few know the details behind why their body changes with age, or how a little knowledge can be their greatest asset.

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  • My Parents Put My Caregiving Skills to the Test This Week

    My caregiving skills were challenged this past week when I had to help my father prepare for a colonoscopy and my mother ended up in the hospital.

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  • Judi Dench Takes Memory Supplements—Should You?

    Judi Dench, legendary actress, recently admitted taking memory supplements to help remember her lines. What's in these pills? Are they safe?

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  • Creative Therapy for Parkinson's

    Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease affecting about one million people in the US. The use of dopaminergic drugs brings interesting results. Dopamine’s main purpose is aiding the transmission of motor commands, but it is also involved in the brain’s reward system. AgingCare shares the stories of patients experiencing increased creativity under the influence of these medications.

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  • Ordinary Drugs Could Hold the Key to Conquering Alzheimer’s

    Several, commonly-prescribed medications may possess the potential to stave off, or slow down, the progress of Alzheimer's and other dementias.

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  • How to Find the Right Medicare Part D Plan

    One of the more important decisions faced by seniors during Medicare Open Enrollment is whether or not to switch their Medicare Part D plan. There are resources that caregivers and seniors can use to help decide which plan best fits their prescription drug needs.

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  • Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

    Although scientists have yet to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease, there are medications and surgery that can provide dramatic relief for elderly people.

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  • Options for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

    Review the two options for Medicare prescription drug coverage. Determine which drug coverage plan you want to join.

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  • Early Drug Treatment Is Crucial for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Early drug treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is critical to prevent joint damage--but patients don't always get it. Evidence points to the importance of beginning drug treatment early.

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  • Painkillers and Heart Disease: Proceed With Caution

    If you're at risk for heart attack or stroke, be careful how you use over-the-counter painkillers.

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  • Hot Weather Tips for Seniors and Family Caregivers

    Older adults are at higher risk for overheating and heat stroke for several reasons. Use these tips to ensure your loved one stays cool and hydrated during the hot summer months.

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  • Gout: The Most Painful Type of Arthritis

    The buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints causes a form of arthritis known as gout. It’s important to understand the causes and symptoms of gout to ensure seniors receive prompt treatment and avoid permanent joint damage.

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  • Chew Aspirin to Increase the Chance of Surviving a Heart Attack

    If you chew an aspirin within the first hour of a suspected heart attack, it increases your chances of survival and minimizes muscle damage to the heart.

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