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Driving Safely as We Age

Created July 28, 2015

Driving Safely as We Age

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Driving is one of the first things that we equate with our independence. It's only natural that we want to hold on to our ability to drive for as long as possible. But, as we age, our driving abilities begin to change. Everyone ages differently, so there is no arbitrary cutoff as to when we should stop driving, and assessing a person's driving ability should never be based on age alone. By reducing risk factors and incorporating safe driving practices, many of us can continue driving safely long into our senior years. However, we should pay attention to warning signs that age is interfering with driving safely.

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Helping Older Adults Stay Hydrated

Created June 26, 2015

Helping Older Adults Stay Hydrated

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As we enter the hot months of summer, much attention will be given to the topic of staying hydrated. Unfortunately, many older adults fail to drink enough fluids and are not aware that many health conditions can increase the risk of dehydration.

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Cancer Diagnosis and Home Care

Created June 19, 2015

Cancer Diagnosis and Homecare

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Almost 11 million Americans alive today have faced a diagnosis of cancer. Some of them have just been diagnosed or are going through treatment, while others no longer have active symptoms of cancer or are thought to be cured. Advances in cancer treatment and changes in the health care system have led to shorter hospital stays and an increase in the number of people seeking treatment at home.

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Chronic Disease and Long-Term Care

Created June 1, 2015

Chronic Disease and Long-term Care

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Worldwide, chronic diseases have overtaken infectious diseases as the leading cause of death and disability. Chronic diseases like COPD, cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), cancer, arthritis, back problems, asthma, diabetes and chronic depression are becoming more prevalent in aging populations. In fact, more than half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases and Kentucky has some of the highest rates of chronic disease of any state in the U.S.

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Type 2 Diabetes in Older Adults

Created May 13, 2015

Type 2 Diabetes in Older Adults

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According to the American Diabetes Association, one out of four Americans who are 60 or older have Type 2 diabetes. Of the 30 million adults in the U.S. who have diabetes, 90-95% of them have Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body's inability to use insulin efficiently. Serious complications such as hearing loss, vision problems, cognitive impairment, and mobility difficulties are especially apparent in seniors whose diabetes isn't properly managed.

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Loved Ones & Alzheimer's Disease Kentucky

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Millions of Americans are currently caring for a family member, friend or neighbor, typically because of injury, illness or frailty. According to a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center, 39% of American adults are family caregivers, and 70% of those are in the workforce. The burdens of caregiving have a tremendous impact on the physical and mental health of caregivers. It's important that you take care of yourself in order to prevent exhaustion, health problems and burnout.

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Plan Ahead & Rest Easy

Created February 28, 2015

Retirement Planning & Care Costs Kentucky

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At Lifeline, we’ve talked with thousands of families about preparing for long-term care. Let’s face it – when you’re in your 30s and 40s, you probably don’t give a lot of thought to the care you will receive after age 65. Chances are that unless you have a family member in need of long-term care, you haven’t even thought about home care.

Even if you’re not ready to retire, planning now can help ensure that you and your loved ones have all the help you need in the future.

The first step you can take to get retirement ready is to understand the costs of home care, and what your options may be to pay for needed services.

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Falling Prevention & Safety Somerset, Kentucky

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Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall.  Chances are, if you have a loved one who is advancing in age, you’ve been concerned about the risk for falls at home – and for good reason.  Falls can cause injuries, such as hip fractures, lacerations and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls in older adults are the leading cause for both fatal and non-fatal injuries. In 2013, the CDC reported 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized.

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Loved Ones & Alzheimer's Disease Kentucky

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If you are caring for a loved one that has been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, you may be wondering what to expect in the days and months to come.

The diagnosis of “early-stage” Alzheimer’s is used for any individuals diagnosed with beginning stages of the disease, no matter what their age.  Your loved one may start to experience mild changes in the ability to think and learn, but he or she continues to participate in daily activities and give-and-take dialogue.

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