Senior Topics

Clostridium difficile, commonly referred to as C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterial infection of the intestines. C. diff is a germ that is found in air, soil, water, and animal feces. It is often acquired after a stay in the hospital. Spores can...

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. It is essential for mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. The consequences of not enough sleep...

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to delirium--an altered level of consciousness which causes a state of mental confusion. A medical illness or stressful event--such as a hospitalization usually triggers this condition. In fact, according to the American Delirium Society, almost 7 million Americans who are in...

Hoarding is the inability to discard or part with an excessive amount of items. Hoarders may focus on accumulating particular things such as paper and clothing or amass vast amounts of general clutter and garbage. Parting with these items causes hoarders great distress and anxiety. Hoarding...

Ageism is the act of stereotyping or discriminating against an individual or group of people based on age. Unfortunately, older adults encounter ageism on a regular basis. This can take the form of clichés in advertising to snide comments made by family, friends, or the...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about half (52%) of Americans turning 65 today will require long-term care (LTC) and support services. These options include: independent senior communities; assisted living; continuing care retirement communities; board and care homes; skilled (nursing) care...

Caregiver burnout, also called caregiver stress syndrome, is being in a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion from caring for a family member. Burnout occurs most often in a family caregiver who has no help with providing care. The characteristics of caregiver burnout include...

A clique is a small group of people, with common interests, who exclude others from joining the group. Cliques can lead to social bullying and have always been a part of our culture. From kindergarten through high school, to the work place, or a neighborhood...

If you are ready to move from your home, there are several types of senior living options available. This can be a difficult and challenging time for seniors and their families. However, these facilities are designed to meet the specific care, social, and lifestyle requirements...

As we all age, it is important our homes are free from hazards which can trigger a fall or accident. However, for an elderly spouse or parent with dementia it is essential to go even further in providing a well-protected environment since these afflicted loved...