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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

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