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#44 Emotional Contagion

Have you ever noticed that you feel happy around happy people, sad around depressed people, or uneasy around anxious people? Research shows that if you spend enough time with people, their emotions will actually rub off on you. It’s called emotional contagion. And this week Diane shows how it affects caregivers and their

#41 Hypothermia and the Elderly

Do you remember how your mom could tell you were sick just by looking at you? This week on Parents Are Hard To Raise… Learn the subtle signs scientists are now saying can tip us off that a person is about to fall ill. Plus… learn why our aging parents might truly feel

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

#40 Managing Incontinence

It’s one of those problems no one talks about. Even though over half of us will suffer from it as we grow older. In addition to the physical discomfort, life threatening and altering side effects, those affected must endure the emotional burdens of shame and embarrassment. For caregivers it adds to the psychological

#39 Does Parkinson’s Disease have a smell? Here’s what the Scientists have to say…

This week on Parents Are Hard To Raise…Parkinson’s Disease… how to recognize the early symptoms, some innovative self help tips, plus new technology and scientific breakthroughs that are offering some real help. Links Folinic Acid and Parkinson's Disease https://scienceofparkinsons.com/tag/folinic-acid/ https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/research-briefing/folinic-acid-shows-potential-for-parkinsons-disease-in-fruit-flies/20202514.article https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2017/march/new-research-suggests-bowel-cancer-medication-could-help-combat-early-onset-parkinson2019s-disease Parkinson's disease detected by smell http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-42252411 High- intensity exercise can