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  • When family comes visiting

    If you have family coming to visit this season, you may be feeling both excited and concerned—excited about brightening your loved one’s life with family gatherings and holiday events, and concerned that your loved one may become tired or anxious with the extra activity. It is wise to think ahead …Read More »
  • Preventing flare-ups of COPD

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) thickens airways, making it harder to breathe in and get enough oxygen. Damage to the lungs also makes it harder to exhale and get rid of waste gas (carbon dioxide). COPD is characterized by flare-ups that rather suddenly make breathing much more difficult. Often the …Read More »
  • Red flags for COPD

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung condition that gets steadily worse over time. It is often characterized by “flares,” or “exacerbations,” periods when breathing suddenly becomes more difficult. It can be very frightening and often results in a dash to the emergency room. It’s important to know the …Read More »
  • Sing a Song for COPD!

    If you know someone with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you are familiar with the ever-present wheezing, coughing, fatigue, and anxiety that come with the disease. It’s difficult to breathe! The lack of oxygen leads to persistent “air hunger,” which can be both frightening and exhausting. At Senior Life Management, we …Read More »
  • Is a reverse mortgage appropriate?

    If your loved one is worried about having enough money, he or she may be considering a reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage enables a homeowner to turn some of the equity in a home into cash. You might think of it as an advance payment on the accrued value of …Read More »
  • When Dad Resists a Walker

    For many older adults, use of a walker carries great stigma. It’s a symbol of disability and often of isolation. In actual fact, a walker can be the key to staying actively engaged with favorite activities. The benefits of a walker It can bear up to 50% of a person’s …Read More »
  • Care of the Feet

    Did you know that our two feet together have 52 bones and 66 joints? And that doesn’t count all the muscles and tendons needed to carry our weight upright and in balance. It’s a lot to ask of two little feet! Natural changes of the feet With advancing years, the …Read More »
  • Balance exercises to prevent falls

    If remaining independent is a goal for your older relative, bringing some balance to his or her life is essential—balance exercise, that is. All it takes is short but consistent focus for Mom or Dad to significantly reduce the chance of a fall. In one study, two 15-minute sessions of …Read More »
  • Balance exercises to prevent falls

    If remaining independent is a goal for your older relative, bringing some balance to his or her life is essential—balance exercise, that is. All it takes is short but consistent focus for Mom or Dad to significantly reduce the chance of a fall. In one study, two 15-minute sessions of …Read More »
  • What is MCI?

      “Senior moments” are a normal part of aging. They happen to everyone. We just don’t process things as quickly as we did in younger years. Some people develop significant memory and thinking problems. These people are eventually unable to live safely on their own. Typically, they have a stroke or develop …Read More »
  • If Mom is Afraid of Falling Again

    Many older adults who have fallen believe it is best to “stay safe” and avoid falling again by restricting their activities. Unfortunately, that’s the worst thing they can do! Inactivity is a path to reduced strength and mobility, which increases the risk of a fall and injury. One of the most important …Read More »