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How to Make Homes Safer | Dementia Care | Elder

How to Make Homes Safer | Dementia Care | Elder | Senior Care | Scoop.it
If your loved one has a dementia diagnosis and needs home care, it is vital to ensure their house is as safe and free from risk as possible.
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Counties need to get their act together and properly investigate elder abuse

Counties need to get their act together and properly investigate elder abuse | Senior Care | Scoop.it
THE ISSUE
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In many cases, the complaints involved physical abuse, self-neglect or financial exploitation. In some instances, a county was ordered to investigate a complaint immediately but didn’t.
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Judge calls man who raped elderly woman 'pure evil,' hands him 90-year sentence

Judge calls man who raped elderly woman 'pure evil,' hands him 90-year sentence | Senior Care | Scoop.it
A suburban man who was convicted of sexually assaulting an elderly woman after breaking into her home was sentenced Friday to 90 years in prison.
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Frank H. Mendez, 53, of Mount Prospect, was convicted by a jury in May of home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault stemming from the 2015 attack on a 97-year-old woman at an assisted living community in Arlington Heights.
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District Attorney plans elder abuse task force

District Attorney plans elder abuse task force | Senior Care | Scoop.it
While people often dream of retirement and enjoying their golden years, many elderly residents are victimized by financial exploitation crimes.
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“This problem is likely to get worse, not better,” Stanley said. “In January 2014, new abuse laws went into effect strengthening the penalties for all types of elder abuse in Alabama. But, the laws are no good if the abuse in not reported.” According to Stanley, many cases are not reported because the offender is a family member.
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How to prevent muscle loss as you age

How to prevent muscle loss as you age | Senior Care | Scoop.it
What is sarcopenia, and how can you prevent it from happening to you?
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Without taking steps to prevent muscle loss, the condition can affect your ability to move, recover from illness, and ultimately lead the healthy and active lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
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The Common Sleep Pattern That Kills Attention And Creativity - PsyBlog

The Common Sleep Pattern That Kills Attention And Creativity - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Sleep pattern linked to better ideas, focus and planning.
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For a boost to your attention and creativity, keep your sleep regular, new research suggests. Regular sleep patterns are linked to higher focus, better ideas and stronger forward planning.
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Sisters Plead No Contest To Elder Abuse In Death Of Mother

Sisters Plead No Contest To Elder Abuse In Death Of Mother | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Two San Mateo sisters pleaded no contest Monday to felony elder abuse and infliction of great bodily injury in the death of their elderly mother, who died of pneumonia and was found decaying in her own bed and covered in fecal matter, 

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Sela Tatola, 78, was nude and her lower extremities were "nearly black due to filth and necrotic tissue," prosecutors said. Gangrene was found throughout the body.  #ElderAbuse
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How Laughter Will Change Your Life

How Laughter Will Change Your Life | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Your doctor might prescribe more laughter, instead of taking anxiety medications. Here is how laughter will change your life and teach you to just chill out more!
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To laugh is a healthy thing and life is too short not to do it more. As a matter of fact, your doctor might prescribe more laughter, instead of taking anxiety medications.
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This Common Beverage May Help Fight Dementia - PsyBlog

This Common Beverage May Help Fight Dementia - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Studies on both humans and mice have suggested a protective effect.
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Caffeine — along with 24 other compounds — could help to protect against dementia. The protective effect comes from an enzyme called NMNAT2 that was discovered last year. #Dementia #Coffee #Caffeine
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Family Talk: Laughter can strengthen your relationship

Family Talk: Laughter can strengthen your relationship | Senior Care | Scoop.it
If you're not prone to laughter, practice it.
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Marry a woman with an easy laugh. Perhaps the better advice is: “Be a person with an easy laugh,” even if you have to work at it.
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Man indicted for elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation

Man indicted for elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation | Senior Care | Scoop.it
RUSSELLVILLE – A Franklin County man was arrested after he was accused of exploiting, abusing and leaving his elderly father in what one authority called “deplorable” living conditions.
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The indictment accuses McAlister of depriving his father of air conditioning, electricity and water services in the home, which caused living conditions to be “unclean and unsanitary” and that the older man was deprived of food.
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What Your Musical Taste Says About How You Think - PsyBlog

What Your Musical Taste Says About How You Think - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Four favourite songs which reveal you have an empathic thinking style.
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The type of music you like can provide an insight into the way you think, new research finds.
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Too many Americans have high blood pressure, doctors warn

Too many Americans have high blood pressure, doctors warn | Senior Care | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—A group of family physicians warns that too many Americans struggle with high blood pressure.
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Since February is National Heart Month, now is a good time for people to get their blood pressure under control and treated so they can avoid heart disease, Meigs said. #HighBloodPressure
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Elder fraud: Senior swindles, both by relatives and others, are on the rise

Elder fraud: Senior swindles, both by relatives and others, are on the rise | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Former nursing home administrator Martha Bell, a convicted felon paroled in 2013, admitted in an Allegheny County courtroom this month that after he
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The West Mifflin woman offered no explanation while pleading guilty — at age 71 herself and in a wheelchair — for preying upon now-deceased Richard Chatak of Mt. Lebanon.
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How you feel?

How you feel? | Senior Care | Scoop.it
What are your symptoms? We can find diseases matching your symptoms. Explain how you feel. GiveSymptoms is a new medical diagnosis tool based on advanced machine learning techniques.
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Body Pain and Weight Gain Are Actually Signs of Stress | Reader's Digest

Body Pain and Weight Gain Are Actually Signs of Stress | Reader's Digest | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Leading neurophysiological experts explain how stress manifests in the body and what we can do to relieve it.
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Wondering where that random muscle pain is coming from? Take a look at your stress levels. According to experts, stress is much more than a mental issue—it can manifest and get stored in your body, causing serious physical problems.
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Coffee leads to longer life and better health, study says

Coffee leads to longer life and better health, study says | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Two new studies reveal that drinking coffee can have long term health benefits, and the more the better.
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One study determined that drinking one cup of coffee daily reduced the risk of death from heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease by 12 percent, and by 18 percent for those drinking three cups a day.
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Man suspected of beating 86-year-old to death was once known as class clown, friend says

Man suspected of beating 86-year-old to death was once known as class clown, friend says | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Neven Butler, 18, faced Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard Sueyoshi on suspicion of a Wednesday afternoon assault along with elder abuse on a 92-year-old woman in the Arden Arcade neighborhood. Prosecutors alleged that Butler inflicted great bodily injury and "unjustifiable physical pain" upon the 92-year-old beaten in the attack, which came just hours after Fusako Petrus' death at Highlands High School.

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“This lady had more compassion than you can imagine,” said Julia Ortiz, who has known Petrus for more than four decades. She helped look after a neighbor who had multiple sclerosis, Ortiz said. She pulled garbage cans in and out and brought food for disabled neighbors. She still drove and cooked her meals. “She had so much energy,”said Ortiz. “She just flew around. You’d never know she was 86.”
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Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment - PsyBlog

Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Large study reveals the most effective treatment for social anxiety disorder.
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Social anxiety disorder is most commonly treated with antidepressants, but these are not the most effective treatment.
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Assisted Living Facility Investigated For Elder Abuse, Over Occupancy

Assisted Living Facility Investigated For Elder Abuse, Over Occupancy | Senior Care | Scoop.it
A Baltimore County assisted living facility is being investigated over alleged elder abuse and having more residents than they were licensed for.
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OHCQ had gotten a call the day before, from a cousin of a resident at the facility, who said that when she visited the facility, she found that her relative was tied to a chair. She also reported seeing a moldy pair of dentures by a sink. #ElderAbuse
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Laughter Meditation: 5 Healing Benefits and a 10-Minute Practice

Laughter Meditation: 5 Healing Benefits and a 10-Minute Practice | Senior Care | Scoop.it
In a world where there’s much to be taken seriously, it’s important to remember to laugh. Laughter meditation provides a fun, meaningful way to tap into joy that will carry over into other parts of your life.
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Emotions are not meant to stay bottled up. Quite the contrary, the release of emotions is critical to your overall well-being. In a world where you feel hurried and are rushing around from one commitment to the next, it can be hard to create the space to let your emotions bubble to the surface.
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This Little-Known Supplement Improves Sleep - PsyBlog

This Little-Known Supplement Improves Sleep - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Supplement found to buffer the body against stress and improve sleep.
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For a long time probiotics — the so-called ‘good bacteria’ in fermented foods and elsewhere — have been linked to all sorts of physical and psychological benefits.
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This Activity Postpones Brain Aging - PsyBlog

This Activity Postpones Brain Aging - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Ordinarily, older brains have to work harder to do the same job as younger brains.
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The link between physical fitness, better brain function and brain activation has been shown for the first time.
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Daughter, grandson charged in elder abuse

Daughter, grandson charged in elder abuse | Senior Care | Scoop.it

 A Candler County sheriff’s investigator arrested a woman and her adult son after finding deplorable conditions when performing a welfare check on an elderly victim. 

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Candler County sheriff’s investigator arrested a woman and her adult son after finding deplorable conditions when performing a welfare check on an elderly victim. 
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One Paradoxical Way That Depression Can Be Good For You - PsyBlog

One Paradoxical Way That Depression Can Be Good For You - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
One way that depression could be good for you comes from a radical new positive view of depression.
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Depression could be a useful mechanism to stop people doing things that are making them unhappy.
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