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

Q: Can I Burn Off Those Extra Holiday Calories With Exercise?

Dec 15, 2016 — Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND of the American Institute for Cancer Research answers this common question. A: It depends on the treats you choose and how fast you walk. Holiday cookies often have 60 to 140 calories each, and sweet desserts may contain from 200 to 600 calories or more per serving. If you... 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

Holiday Tips for People With Diabetes

Nov 15, 2016 — November is National Diabetes Month. Is it ironic or intentional that this recognition should fall at the beginning of the holiday season, when temptations abound, and travel disrupts our care routine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying holiday celebrations and travel. With some planning... 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

Don’t Fall for “Disaster Fraud”

Oct 15, 2016 — Steve saw Mom at her computer with her credit card out. “What are you doing?” he asked. Mom had a sad look on her face. “I’m making a donation to a charity that’s helping the Christians who are being persecuted by ISIS,” she said. Steve looked at the email Mom had received; the sender had... Read More

October is National Physical Therapy Month

Oct 1, 2016 — National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated every year to honor the many ways that physical therapy helps people improve their mobility, decrease pain and live a healthier lifestyle. Sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), this event focuses on a particular aspect of physical therapy each year. The 2016 theme is #ChoosePT, calling attention... Read More

“Mom, You Forgot to Pay the Gas Bill….”

Sep 15, 2016 — An expert says a decline in financial management skills might be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, and family may need to step in. What’s the most challenging topic to discuss with older loved ones? Family caregivers often name end-of-life wishes, driving safety and incontinence as tough-to-talk-about subjects—but according to many experts, money management is... Read More

Get On Up! Avoiding the Harm of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Sep 1, 2016 — Researchers from University of Copenhagen wanted to learn more about the effects of inactivity. In a recent study, they had a group of men wear a leg pad that caused them to be highly inactive for two weeks. The startling results: After only two weeks, young test subjects lost a third of their muscle strength,... Read More