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Opioid Medications Raise the Risk of Falls

Feb 15, 2020 — You’ve no doubt read of the terrible opioid epidemic that is ruining—and taking—so many lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 40 people die each day from an overdose of opioid medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and codeine. Experts say the average life expectancy in the U.S. has even dropped slightly... Read More

Noise Pollution Could Harm Our Hearts

Feb 1, 2020 — February is American Heart Month, a great time to learn more about things that are good for our hearts … and things that aren’t! By now, most people are aware that air pollution is very bad for our health. The carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, sulfur oxides and ozone from motor vehicles, power plants, and... Read More

A More Senior-Friendly Police Force

Jan 15, 2020 — Beth’s father is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beth is usually careful that he doesn’t leave the house alone, but one night she forgot to lock the door, and in the morning, Dad was gone. Should she call the police? Before she could decide, the police called her. Although Dad had quit smoking 20 years before,... Read More

Ten Bone and Joint Health Resolutions for 2020

Jan 1, 2020 — Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Many of us pledge to take steps to improve our health. This year might be a great one to focus on bone and joint health problems, which are among the most prevalent and debilitating health challenges Americans face. To get you started, check out these ten great... Read More

For Allergy Sufferers, the Holidays May Not Be So Merry

Dec 15, 2019 — This is the time of year when our five senses are delighted by holiday foods and decorations. Christmas trees, glowing Hanukkah menorahs, delicious spreads of traditional foods and greenery everywhere create a festive mood. But though the sights and sounds of the season might bring joy, some of the smells and tastes can have quite... Read More

Should I Give Up Driving … Or Get a New Car?

Dec 1, 2019 — December 2 – 6, 2019 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week! The inability to drive is one of the greatest challenges to senior independence. In some cases, this is simply the best choice. If advanced vision loss, severe mobility challenges or dementia make an elder unsafe behind the wheel, it’s time to learn about alternative... Read More

Managing and Preventing the Complications of Diabetes

Nov 1, 2019 — November is National Diabetes Month. This year’s theme is “Take Diabetes to Heart,” reflecting the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is only one of the health problems made worse by diabetes. Read on to learn more. More than 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, a disease that happens... Read More

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