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Simple Tips to Prevent Falls for Older Adults
Falls are common and are the leading cause of injury for adults aged 65 and older. Over 14 million, or 1 in 4 older Americans, report falling every year. Falls can lead to serious consequences including injury, disability, death, and the inability to remain independent. They can also result in fear of falling again, limiting one’s activities or social engagements. Fall injuries often cause bone fractures, pulmonary embolisms, infections, and other problems, which severely impact the quality of life for elderly people, affecting the lives of the whole family. The good news is that falls can be prevented by taking simple precautions such as doing appropriate exercises, making your home safer, getting regular health checkups, and more.
Artificial Intelligence: Helping to Revolutionize Healthcare
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the theory and development of computer systems capable of performing tasks that historically required human intelligence, such as making decisions, solving problems, and identifying patterns. AI encompasses a wide variety of technologies that control many of the services and goods we use in everyday life, including machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing (NLP). Read More
VA Aid and Attendance
VA Aid and Attendance is a monthly pension benefit for Veterans who served during wartime. It is a lesser-known benefit that allows for additional support when a Veteran or surviving family member is housebound and requires additional help from someone to aid them. There are means-tested income and asset thresholds that must be met to qualify for the tax-free benefit payment. Read More
When Is It Time to Talk to Your Loved One About Elderly Care Services?
Making the decision to move a loved one into senior living can be a difficult one. You want to make... Read More
World Alzheimer’s Month is September - Why It’s Important to Spread Awareness
It is always good to encourage patients and their families to ask questions of their medical care providers and to share information about symptoms and concerns. In the case of a dementia diagnosis, it is imperative that families understand there are many types of dementia. Read More
Tips For A Stress-Free, Enjoyable Vacation With Aging Parents
Traveling with a senior citizen though can often be a challenge, especially if they have medical needs or disabilities. Planning ahead, doing the research, and having a back-up plan can help dodge common travel hazards and make for a more relaxed experience. Following these tips can help everything go as smoothly as possible. Read More
Flowers Forever – The Healing Power of Plants
The tradition of giving someone a plant or flowers has been practiced around the world and in various cultures for millennia. The reasons for this are many and rooted in various cultural beliefs and practices. Flowers have been regarded as symbols of healing, comfort, and well-wishes, making them timeless and thoughtful gifts for those in need of support and encouragement. Read More
5 Benefits of Assisted Living: What Families May Not Know
With an estimated 16% of Marylanders over the age of 65—almost 1 million people—more... Read More
Tips for Finding Quality Dementia Care in Baltimore
Navigating Baltimore County’s many dementia care options can feel intimidating. Get help finding quality care with help from CarePatrol! Read More
Talking with an aging parent about their life transition and care planning. 7 Tips for Planning the Senior Journey.
In addition to helping families navigate the best care placement options, CarePatrol is a source of support and a wealth of information. Outlined here are tactics that will make navigating the next steps easier. Best practices on how to approach an aging loved one, and have a conversation about this major life transition, include empathy, respect, honesty, and open-mindedness. Here are some of the most effective, guiding principles. Read More
September is World Alzheimer’s Month – What You Need to Know.
September is World Alzheimer’s month and it is important. Alzheimer’s impacts millions of individuals globally and is the most prevalent form of dementia, with numbers escalating at an alarming rate. A leading cause of disability among the elderly, dementia is a collective name for neurological disorders which affect memory, thinking, behavior and emotion. Read More
When Parental Care Becomes Family Feud
Familial infighting is nothing new. We experience it as a child, vying for the last piece of cake or the biggest slice of pizza. We compete with siblings for the lion’s share of mom or dad’s attention, and in the case of step-siblings, navigate a whole gamut of blended family complications. It is no wonder that families often disagree when it comes to caring for an aging parent Read More
Smart Tech for Healthy Aging - 2022 lineup
Living longer, better, and with more independence? Yes please! Read More
Senior Vaccinations: The long and short of it for 65 and over
What’s covered, what’s not, and what you need to know. Read More
Is Your Parents' Home Safe?
Is your parents’ home safe to live in? It may seem like a simple question, but it’s actually quite complicated. There are many factors that indicate if a home is a good fit for an older adult and many red flags if it won’t be a good option long-term. Read More
Residential Assisted Living – What You Need to Know
In Baltimore there are 3 types of assisted living and memory care facilities: continuous care retirement communities (12 of them), assisted living communities (40), and residential assisted living (613 RALs). Read More
Healthy Tips for Older Women
Today, aging successfully is in focus more than ever, and it’s become apparent that there are some health risks that are more common in women than men. By Rebekah Alcalde Read More
Be Sure When Managing Medications
Since doctors prescribe exactly what needs to be taken, noncompliance — not following your doctor’s recommendations for treatment — can be very dangerous. Many adults aren’t purposefully noncompliant, they just don’t understand the schedule or how the medication works. By Rebekah Alcalde Read More
Elders and Abuse
When someone hears terms like neglect, exploitation, physical abuse, mental/emotional abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, they probably don’t connect them to the seniors in their life. Read More
Taking the Keys Away from you Aging Parents
Have mom or dad come dangerously close to getting into an accident recently? If so, it may be time to have another one of those “talks.” By Rebekah Alcalde Read More

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