Age Related Decline Articles

  • Aging With Dignity

    Adult children often try to protect their aging parents, but this can cost the elder their independence and dignity. Family caregivers must learn to respect an elderly parents ability to age on their own terms.

  • 10 Misconceptions about Aging

    Those who approach getting older with a positive outlook are more likely to live longer and have a better quality of life. Dismiss common misconceptions and embrace aging with an optimistic mindset.

  • The Truth About “Old-People Smell”

    Many people believe that the odor that sometimes permeates seniors’ homes and elder care facilities is a result of poor hygiene, but it is actually a natural part of aging.

  • What It Feels Like to Be Old

    Aging is not something we can fully understand until it happens to us. Sometimes, it feels as if seniors are being unnecessarily difficult, but if you put yourself in their shoes, you'll find that aging gracefully can be a challenge.

  • How to Discuss Unsafe Driving with a Senior

    Elders who have become increasingly dangerous on the road are often in denial about their inability to safely drive a car. In their minds, giving up the car keys equates to a loss of independence, but continuing to drive can have grave consequences.

  • Depression Among the Elderly: Warning Signs Can be Easy to Miss

    Many people think that sadness, negativity, and a general emotional downturn is part of the aging process, but this isn't true. If your loved one is feeling down, it is important to recognize the signs of depression and know that help is available.

  • Mild Cognitive Impairment: 10 Things to Know

    Occupying the middle ground between normal aging and dementia lies a disorder known as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Here's what you need to know about MCI.

  • The Unexpected Secret to Successful Aging

    Are you destined to age the same way your parent has? Caregivers have a heightened awareness of the physical and mental declines that accompany aging. How can you ensure successful aging?

  • 20 Warning Signs That an Elder is an Unsafe Driver

    Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent, but the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as people age. How do caregivers know if their elderly loved ones are safe on the road?

  • 10 Tips for a Healthy Diet After Age 50

    A registered dietitian explains what nutrients are most important for older adults and how you and your loved one can work on adopting healthier eating habits together.

  • Taking the Car Keys: What to Do If an Elderly Loved One Won't Stop Driving

    Many family caregivers realize that an aging loved one is no longer a safe driver. Seniors are usually adamant about retaining their driving privileges, but there are outside sources of help for taking a parent's keys.

  • Senior Health Issues That Impact Driving

    Age should never be the sole reason for taking away a person’s driving privileges, but a number of physical and mental health conditions, medications, and/or age-related health changes can seriously compromise a senior’s driving abilities.

  • Tips for Motivating Seniors to Stay Involved

    We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for motivating seniors to stay involved as they age.

  • The Benefits of Coffee and Combating “Old People Smell"

    Several news stories piqued my interest recently, and I thought caregivers and seniors alike could benefit from this information.

  • Do We Really Become More Trusting as We Get Older?

    New research shatters the myth of the cranky, aging cynic. But is becoming more trusting as we get older a good or bad thing?

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  • The Best and Worst Holiday Gifts for Older Adults

    For anyone whose aging loved one always says, "Don't worry about getting me a gift this year--I don't need another thing," here's a list of the best and worst holiday gifts for older adults.

  • Help Older Adults Avoid Sense-less Dangers

    Older adults often start to lose their senses as they age, making them more susceptible to injury and harm.

  • Why Older Adults Seem Mentally Sharper in the Morning

    Going to the doctor, paying bills, taking a driving test—older adults should try to tackle their most taxing tasks earlier in the day, claims new evidence that suggests aging brains function best in the morning hours.

  • Armed and Aging: Should Seniors Be Allowed to Keep Guns?

    As with the ability to drive a car, the time may come for many elders when owning a firearm is no longer safe. Their families then face an emotional and sometimes risky decision regarding how and when to remove this hazard.

  • 8 Lessons on Aging and Death From the Man Who Explained ‘How We Die’

    Sherwin Nuland, author of "How We Die: Reflection's on Life's Final Chapter," recently passed away from prostate cancer. His award-winning book offers insights on controversial end-of-life issues.

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