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The economic slowdown continues to take a toll on the lives of older adults. For the second year in a row, there is no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to boost Social Security benefits, according to the Senior Citizens League (TSCL).

Cutting Corners

The economic slowdown continues to take a toll on the lives of older adults. For the second year in a row, there is no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to boost Social Security benefits, according to the Senior Citizens League (TSCL). Rising Medicare premiums will shrink the Social Security benefits of an estimated 25 million seniors, the organization said. Local senior-care experts warn families to be on alert to make sure seniors aren't impacted too severely. Warning signs include skipping medications, pulling the plug on air conditioning and canceling social outings.

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De-stress from Caregiving: Caregiver Stress (6 of 6)

This video gives you ways to unwind and cope, because taking care of yourself will allow you to be there for your senior loved one.

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Dealing with Alzheimer's: Caregiver Stress (5 of 6)

In this video, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care explains Alzheimer's and other dementia and offers specific techniques for coping with a loved one who has dementia.

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Caregiver Depression: Caregiver Stress (4 of 6)

In this video, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care talks about symptoms of depression in family caregivers and offers six tips for coping -- such as setting reasonable goals and breaking large tasks into small ones.

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Signs of Stress: Caregiver Stress (3 of 6)

In this video, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care discusses some of the physical and emotional signs that you might be overstressed.

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Facing the Challenges of Being a Family Caregiver: Caregiver Stress (2 of 6)

In this video, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care® talks about avoiding caregiver burnout. She shows stressed family members that they are not alone when it comes to facing the challenges of being a family caregiver.

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Caregiver Stress (1 of 6)

In this video series, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care® talks about how to balance work and in-home care. This video is designed for anyone who is caring for an elderly person be it a parent, other relative or friend. The information in this video will give you some tools to use in caregiving, at work, and for yourself in order to help you find balance in your life.

You've just returned to your childhood home for the holidays, but things don't look the same. Are the conditions of aging jeopardizing your senior's health and safety at home?

Senior Holiday Checklist

You've just returned to your childhood home for the holidays, but things don't look the same. Are the conditions of aging jeopardizing your senior's health and safety at home? Complete this checklist provided by Home Instead Senior Care®, the international caregiving company. If you see any of these situations, your senior may need extra help.

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Practical, Economical Gifts for Seniors Most Popular, Say Retailer and Local Senior-Care Company

Tough time finding the right gift for mom or dad? The economic slowdown may make it easier to shop for seniors wanting practical, economical gifts according to Home Instead Senior Care. In case you still are having trouble thinking of that special gift, read the indispensable Ten Practical and Economical Gifts for Seniors…

As it turns out, people are living longer. And while some have adopted healthier lifestyles, many Boomers have not, with obesity threatening to interfere with the activities of daily living for a growing number of seniors. The outlook is not expected to get better any time soon.

Living Large

It might be called the tale of two Boomers: One day you hear that older adults have never been healthier; they're working out and buffing up at YMCAs and fitness clubs throughout America, and living longer as a result. At the same time, half of middle-aged adults between 55 and 64 have high blood pressure and two and five are obese, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. A recent study by Purdue University reveals a more complex picture of the cost of obesity for Boomers…

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