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Thinking About Pain

Sep 1, 2019 — September Is Pain Awareness Month People who are living with chronic pain can feel discounted and insulted when someone says “It’s all in your head.” But studies show that the way we think about pain can make a real difference in how we perceive it, and how it affects our lives. It’s not just a... Read More

Denial All Around: Many Avoiding the Conversation About Alzheimer’s Disease

Aug 15, 2019 — University of Michigan experts recently released a study titled “Thinking About Brain Health,” in which they polled people in their 50s and early 60s about their thoughts about dementia. They found that people worry about memory loss a lot. Almost 50% of the people polled believed that they themselves were likely to develop serious memory... Read More

Making an Emergency Preparation Plan? Don’t Forget Heat Waves!

Aug 1, 2019 — This is the time of year when our attention turns to natural disasters. The U.S. has already experienced our first hurricane this year. Summer brings tornadoes throughout the nation’s midsection. And a series of earthquakes recently struck the West. Time to make our emergency preparation kit and plan our evacuation route, just in case! But... Read More

Are Your Sunglasses Really Protecting Your Eyes?

Jul 1, 2019 — The bright summer sun sends many of us to the drugstore or a mall kiosk to buy a new pair of sunglasses. We might try on 20 pairs, checking ourselves out in the mirror to see if they look great on us and make the right fashion statement. But when it comes to sunglasses, how... Read More

Oral Health: It’s Not Just About a Nice Smile

Jun 15, 2019 — June Is Oral Health Month Our teeth and gums change as we grow older. Years of wear and tear take a toll, often causing thinning enamel and broken or lost teeth. Teeth with repairs such as crowns, fillings and root canals are less hardy. As gums recede, sensitive areas of the teeth not covered by... Read More

When a Loved One Hoards

Jun 1, 2019 — Many of us get the spring cleaning impulse this time of year. Out go old possessions that don’t “spark joy,” as organizing guru Marie Kondo would say. But for some people, asking if an item “sparks joy” is futile—because they are tied emotionally to all their possessions, even items others would consider useless. For people... Read More

Surprising Things That Can Damage Our Hearing

May 15, 2019 — May is Better Speech and Hearing Month—a great time to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our ears. Recent studies confirm that hearing loss can lead to: Social isolation Depression Falls and other injuries Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease Economic instability Hearing loss is often due to changes in our ears as we grow... Read More

May Is National High Blood Pressure Education Month

May 1, 2019 — 6 things you might not know about hypertension According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one in three Americans is living with high blood pressure (hypertension), yet many of these people don’t know it. What is high blood pressure? In short, it is the force of blood pushing against the walls of our... Read More

Healthy Sleep for Healthy Aging

Mar 1, 2019 — March 10 – 16, 2019 Is National Sleep Awareness Week It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to experience a period wakefulness in the middle of the night. Maybe we... Read More