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Expanding the Life Space of Older Adults

Feb 15, 2019 — Some of the changes that age brings can tempt us to spend more time at home. Visual impairment, hearing loss, mobility challenges and memory problems can make it unsafe for us to drive. We might feel less confident when we’re out and about, fearing that we will fall or get lost. Gradually we develop a... Read More

Improving Couples Communication When One Partner Is Living with Memory Loss

Feb 1, 2019 — Today more than 35 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many live at home, while others live in a memory care community or other supported living environment. No matter where a person with Alzheimer’s lives, they likely receive a great deal of care and support from family members—and, say experts,... Read More

Depression and Dementia—A Complicated Interconnection

Jan 15, 2019 — Depression is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. According to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, an estimated 15 percent of people older than 65 are dealing with depression, which affects the whole person: mind, body and emotions. Symptoms include a persistent feeling of sadness, lack of energy, changes in normal... Read More

Five Reasons to Fight Ageism in 2019

Jan 1, 2019 — Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe you’ve vowed to lose weight, save money, read more books or clean the garage? We’d like to suggest another worthy resolution that could benefit you, your older loved ones, and even the young folks in the family: fighting ageism. Today, there is an increased emphasis on... Read More

Helping Senior Loved Ones Feel Connected During the Holidays

Dec 1, 2018 — Recent studies confirm that loneliness is a serious issue for older adults today. The health impact of social isolation rivals obesity and even smoking. Loneliness raises the risk of heart disease, depression, sleep problems, stroke, hypertension and dementia, and can shorten life. The holidays are considered a time of comfort and joy, when families get... Read More

Opioids Aren’t the Only Dangerous Pain Medications

Nov 15, 2018 — With so much coverage of today’s opioid epidemic, there is new emphasis on alternative pain treatment. For many people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal pain, this includes the use of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). This class of drugs includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and Celebrex. But while NSAIDs are overall safer than... Read More

November 4 – 11, 2018 Is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Nov 1, 2018 — We see plenty of public service messages around the holidays warning us not to drink and drive. And these days, we can get a ticket if we’re caught texting or using our phone while behind the wheel. But there’s another driving hazard that’s pretty common during this time of year. Even if drivers have abstained... Read More

If a Loved One Has Dementia … And a Gun

Aug 15, 2018 — The gun debate continues to rage, and while there’s little common ground between Second Amendment adherents and gun control advocates, a May 2018 study by researchers from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center reported, “Even in the highly politicized atmosphere surrounding gun ownership, about 89 percent of Americans support limiting firearm purchases and access to... Read More

“Portion Distortion” Can Pack on the Pounds

Aug 1, 2018 — When tourists from other countries visit the U.S., they are often surprised by the size of portions in restaurants. In many countries, it is considered rude to ask for a “doggie bag.” That is partly a difference in custom, but it’s also because restaurants in our country tend to serve huge portions, more than a... Read More

Seniors Often Overlook One Way to Lower Their Drug Costs

Jul 15, 2018 — The cost of prescription medications is skyrocketing, and this can hit older adults especially hard. Seniors take an average of 14 different medications each year, and taking these drugs as recommended can make all the difference in managing their various health conditions. Yet more and more seniors report that they split pills, skip doses, or... Read More