Senior Health

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Taking Vitamins

There are many studies being done to look at whether certain vitamin and mineral supplements and combinations of supplements may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or delay vision loss in people who already have it. For example, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and AREDS2 were two major…

Aging Well: Choosing a Nursing Home

Finding the right nursing home can help you or your loved one feel safe and cared for. A good first step to choosing a nursing home is to make a list of homes you might be interested in. Talk to family, friends, doctors, and others to get recommendations of good nursing homes. If you can, it’s good to plan ahead so you…

Aging Well: Making Your Home Fall-Proof

Covers making your home fall-proof to prevent injuries. Looks at common hazards like clutter and throw rugs. Discusses simple changes you can make in your home and the way you do some activities to reduce risk of falling.

Agitation and Dementia

Many people with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can become agitated or upset easily. It may be helpful to: Keep distractions to a minimum. Keep noise levels low and voices quiet. Develop simple daily routines for bathing, dressing, eating, and other activities. Ask the person what is upsetting him or her. The…

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Coping With Sundowning

People who have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia are sometimes easily confused. They may forget where they are, what day it is, and other common facts. Sundowning is a term to describe increased confusion that occurs in late afternoon and at night. The person gets restless at those times of day. He or she may…