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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

Are You Feeling Caregiver Guilt?

Jun 15, 2017 — Family caregivers are the bedrock of our nation’s elder care system. The AARP estimates that this care, if provided by paid professionals, would cost more than $470 billion dollars each year! Caregivers support the well-being of senior loved ones with hands-on help, healthcare management, transportation, dementia care and more—all while trying to keep up with... Read More

I Have Cataracts—Can I Drive?

Jun 1, 2017 — June Is Cataract Awareness Month, a great time to get an eye exam. During the exam, your doctor will check for the presence of cataracts, which are caused by the clouding of the lens of the eye. Cataracts cause dull, blurry vision and make it harder to take part in normal, daily activities. The bad... Read More

Exercising Your Brain Lowers Dementia Risk—And It Can Be Fun!

May 15, 2017 — For years, Mayo Clinic neuropsychiatrist Dr. Yonas Geda has been studying the effect of mental exercise on the brain. In 2009, Dr. Geda reported that activities such as reading books, playing cards or doing craft activities such as pottery or quilting could dramatically slow the rate of memory loss in older adults. (TV watching was... Read More

Before Your Cinco de Mayo Party, Check Your Medication Labels

May 1, 2017 — Planning a margarita party for Cinco de Mayo? The National Institute on Aging says seniors should review their medications first, to prevent dangerous drug-alcohol interactions. As we grow older, we’re more likely to develop health conditions that can affect our quality of life. The medications we take help us manage these conditions. But medications often... Read More

Top Five Myths About Salt

Apr 15, 2017 — It’s important to know the facts about salt, the most frequently used seasoning in American diets. Sodium chloride, the chemical term for salt, is an important substance that our bodies need. But too much salt can put our health at risk. “Salt-savvy” consumers should be aware of some common beliefs about sodium that can stand... Read More

Am I Too Old to Be an Organ Donor?

Apr 1, 2017 — Ted went to renew his driver’s license. At 70, he had to renew in person and take an eye test. As he was completing his paperwork, the clerk said, “Would you like to be an organ donor?” Ted laughed. “My organs are too old for that!” Was he right? April is National Donate Life Month.... Read More

When Alzheimer’s Disease Strikes in Middle-Age

Mar 15, 2017 — Two years ago, actress Julianne Moore received the Best Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards for her portrayal of a Columbia University professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the movie Still Alice. The poignant film brought some much-needed publicity to the fact that younger people can develop Alzheimer’s, which is usually assumed to... Read More