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How a Common Over-the-counter Drug Could Put an End to Alzheimer’s Disease

Neuroscientists are suggesting...    if started early enough, a daily regimen of ibuprofen can prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. By Diane Berardi Gerontologist and Radio Talk show host of Parents Are Hard To Raise Available on demand on iHeart Radio A Vancouver-based research team led by Canada's most cited neuroscientist, Dr. Patrick McGeer, has

Tech apps, gadgets make it easier for seniors to age in place

By. Beverly Nelson When you live far from your senior parents but you still have to manage their care, you’re fighting an uphill battle. Mom doesn’t want to leave her home, but you have your own work and family obligations that need tending, and you can’t just go to her. It might seem

The “Sweetheart” Scam

The "Sweetheart" Scam Listen to Parents Are Hard To Raise Episode 47 where Diane talks with Nationally Recognized Personal Security Expert Anthony Colandro about keeping ourselves and our parents safe from the latest scams both online and off.     Essentially the victim meets a scammer on a singles or dating website who poses as

Diogenes Syndrome — Elder Hoarding

Diogenes Syndrome AKA: Elder Hoarding By Diane Berardi, Gerontologist Eldercare Expert   There’s something in our human nature that causes us to want to collect things. Some collect autographs, some collect coins, stamps or other memorabilia. Collecting can be fun. But as we grow older, there’s a chance our innocent pastime can turn into

Beginner’s Guide to Podcasts

What is a Podcast? Think of a Podcast as radio on demand. A podcast is essentially a radio show that you can get on the Internet, so you can listen anytime you want. Podcasts really aren’t that different than any other kind of radio program. The only difference is that

The Dangerous Facts About Hypothermia and the Elderly

The cold hard facts about hypothermia is that our aging parents face this danger every winter. by Diane Berardi, Gerontologist  Older adults are especially vulnerable to hypothermia because their body's response to cold can be diminished by underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, some medicines including over-the-counter cold remedies, and aging itself. As

Prevention Of Pressure Sores Due To Incontinence

Prevention Of Pressure Sores Due To Incontinence By Diane Berardi, Gerontologist Incontinence is a common risk factor for pressure ulcers, especially in bed-bound and elderly. Urine and feces are caustic to the skin. Warm, moist skin is the perfect breeding ground for disease and can lead to rapid skin breakdown and the development of

“You Don’t Look Well…”

Remember how Mom could tell you were sick just by looking at you? Scientists are now discovering our mothers might have been on to something… A new study published by the Royal Society observed that humans can spot signs of illness just from a brief glimpse of someone's face, even just hours after they're

Post Intensive Care Syndrome. What is it? How can you avoid it?

Click Here to Listen to Related Episode Post Intensive Care Syndrome. What is it? How can you avoid it? By Diane Berardi, Eldercare Expert and  Parents Are Hard To Raise Talk Show Host Millions of patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) each year, one third of who will need a machine to

Great Caregiver Gift Ideas That Don’t Require Going to the Mall

A Gift Guide for the Angels: Gifts for Caregivers By Beverly Nelson, standupforcaregivers.org Caregivers carry a heavy weight on their shoulders: they care for those that need help or cannot care for themselves. They soothe and comfort our loved ones: fathers, mothers, and grandparents. The job however is not easy; it requires a tremendous