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Don’t Use a Kitchen Spoon to Measure Medications

Aug 1, 2017 — When it comes to the medicines we take, it’s so important to take the correct dose. Too much and we might experience an overdose and dangerous side effects. Too little, and the drug might not work as intended. With pills and capsules, it’s mainly a matter of remembering to take the right number every day... Read More

Are You Sunscreen Savvy?

Jul 15, 2017 — Summer is in full swing! Maybe you’ve ventured into the great outdoors, only to suffer your first sunburn of the season. If you forgot your sunscreen, you are among the majority of Americans who don’t use sunscreen properly—or at all. The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) report that few people... Read More

Help Seniors Break the Cycle of Poor Health and Loneliness

Jul 1, 2017 — Loneliness is a serious health problem for older adults. Studies over the past decade have found that feeling isolated can cause depression, raise our blood pressure, suppress our immune system, hasten the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, and increase the perception of pain. Lonely people are less likely to exercise or eat a nutritious diet. A... Read More

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Mar 1, 2017 — The American Institute for Cancer Research shares six steps to prevent half of all colorectal cancers. Colorectal cancer includes cancers that begin in the colon and the rectum. The National Cancer Institutes (www.cancer.gov) says there were 134,490 cases of colorectal cancer in 2016, and almost 50,000 deaths due to the disease. It’s important to be... Read More

The “Snake Oil Salesman” Is Alive and Well

Feb 15, 2017 — You’re probably familiar with the old “snake oil salesmen”—charlatans who traveled from town to town, peddling fancy bottles of “miracle potions” guaranteed to cure a wide variety of ailments. We now know that most of those “secret formulas” were no more than colored water mixed with other useless—or even dangerous—ingredients. Or perhaps the bottle was... Read More

Give Your New Year’s Resolutions a Jump Start

Feb 1, 2017 — So here we are, a month into 2017. Did you make a list of healthy New Year’s resolutions? Are you still feeling enthusiastic about your goals of exercising more, eating right, quitting smoking, lowering your stress level – whatever good intentions made it onto your list? To make it more likely that you’ll stick to... Read More

Understanding the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease

Jan 15, 2017 — While many people think of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as primarily affecting person’s memory and thinking, family who are providing care for these loved ones quickly realize that one of the greatest challenges is the behavior changes that can occur as the disease progresses. It’s difficult, for instance, to not take a... Read More

December 5–9, 2016 Is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Dec 1, 2016 — The holidays are a time when many families visit elderly parents, grandparents and other loved ones. That’s why December is the month when families are most likely to realize that Mom and Dad might not be safe behind the wheel. There might be some new dents on the car or the garage door. Maybe when... Read More

Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Brain

Nov 1, 2016 — As we grow older, we tend to worry about our memory and thinking. We hear so much about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, and chances are we have friends and loved ones who have been touched by one of these conditions. Some people even believe that memory loss is inevitable—that they will surely become “senile”... Read More