6 Things to Pack When Traveling with Alzheimer’s

Dad has Alzheimer’s, but you know he’d love a trip to visit family. You’ve planned the travel perfectly: the destination is no more than four hours away, you are traveling during his best hours of the day, and your itinerary allows for plenty of rest time. Now it’s time to pack. Here are the 6…

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4 Immunizations Every Senior Citizen Should Get

Trix are for kids, but immunizations are for everybody, especially the elderly. August is National Immunization Awareness Month — an excellent time to review what vaccines every older person should receive. Immunization is especially important for the senior population, since the immune system becomes weaker as we age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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3 Dangerous Myths about Senior Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury, both fatal and nonfatal, in older people, and the most common way for a senior to lose their independence. The statistics are sobering One in every four senior citizens falls every year in the US. Every eleven seconds, a senior goes to the emergency room because of a…

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DR. CHARLES MARKOWITZ OF ATLANTIC COAST REHAB NAMED AS ‘TOP DOC’ BY NJ MONTHLY

Dr. Charles Markowitz MD, a renowned physiatrist who leads the rehabilitation team at Atlantic Coast Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, was recently selected by NJ Monthly as one of New Jersey’s Top Doctors. The Annual Top Docs list is divided into categories by specialty; Dr. Markowitz’ recognition is in the in the field of Physical Medicine…

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4 Types of Medication Seniors Should Avoid

As we age, the worry that crops up most commonly concerns cognitive function, especially memory. While other chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, might be more common, nothing strikes at the heart of who we are than our ability to think and to remember. We may joke about “senior moments,” but our fear…

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Short-term Rehab Eases the Transition from the Hospital

A hospital stay is almost always traumatic for an older person. Going home is not necessarily much easier. There may be new medications to manage, new dietary restrictions to implement, wounds to take care of, follow-up appointments to make, and even in-house supports to install, such as grab bars and ramps. The transition from hospital…

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New Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Guidelines Released

The Alzheimer’s Association has just released twenty recommendations for best practices in diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). The recommendations were reported at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, held this week in Chicago. The most crucial aspects of the recommendations include the admonition not to dismiss concerns as “normal aging,” but to evaluate…

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Bill Gates to Fund Search for Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Test

Bill Gates wants to add one more diagnostic test to your annual exam: a test for Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s currently afflicts 5 million Americans with progressive deterioration of brain function. Experts expect that number to triple by the year 2050. The toll it takes, both on its victims and on its caretakers, is vast and heartbreaking.…

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6 Travel Tips for Alzheimer’s

Summer is a classic time to take a family vacation. But when your family includes someone who has Alzheimer’s, it’s best to take a cue from the Boy Scouts: be prepared. These 6 travel tips will make a family vacation fun — and safe — for everyone. Be realistic. This is not the time for…

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How Prepared Are Seniors for the Challenges of Getting Older?

This year’s United States of Aging Survey reveals a few important disparities between the concerns of seniors and those who care for them. The survey, conducted annually by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), The National Council on Aging, and UnitedHealthcare, compares the views of adults aged sixty and over with those…

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