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Last-Minute Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey

Nov 17, 2019 — Thanksgiving, the first of the winter holidays, is a time to enjoy fellowship with family and friends, thinking about the things for which we are grateful. And as we sit down around the table, we will usually hear expressions of gratitude for a delicious turkey dinner with all the side dishes our families love—the traditional... Read More

October 15 Is Global Handwashing Day

Oct 15, 2019 — Did you get your flu shot yet? Older adults are more likely to get the flu, and they’re at higher risk of dangerous side effects from the disease. Geriatricians say that immunization is their best chance at avoiding getting the flu. But there are other ways we can avoid getting the flu and spreading it.... Read More

Warn Seniors About Social Security Scams

Oct 1, 2019 — Social Security is the major source of post-retirement income for most older adults, so if a senior receives a call from the Social Security Administration (SSA), they are likely to pick up the phone and listen! But the SSA is warning seniors that these days, con artists have been impersonating SSA officials to steal the... Read More

Preventing Suicide Among Older Adults

Sep 15, 2019 — September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Suicide among younger people receives a lot of media attention. But did you know that the suicide rate is highest among older adults? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47,173 people in the U.S. took their lives in 2017, and 8,568 of them were older... Read More

At Every Age, We Want to Make a Difference

Jul 15, 2019 — Seniors have a lifetime of wisdom to share—and yet, say experts, today’s older adults may have few opportunities to do so! Said University of Toronto professor Markus Schafer, “While the average 65-year-old may well have more wisdom than the average 30-year-old, the latter typically has more opportunity for actually dispensing advice.” This lack of opportunity... Read More

Avoid a crisis in long-term care in Rhode Island

May 22, 2019 — A serious gap has developed between the costs and payment rates of RI’s nursing homes. Watch this video from the Rhode Island Health Care Association to learn more about this problem, and please contact your legislators to tell them you support adequate funding so nursing homes can maintain the quality and safety we depend on.

Ten Important Questions About Advance Health Care Directives

Apr 15, 2019 — April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a time to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding health care, and to encourage families and doctors to know and respect those wishes. Have you created health care directives? If you haven’t, or you aren’t sure your documents are up to date, here some questions you might... Read More

April Is Social Security Month

Apr 1, 2019 — Since 1935, the U.S. Social Security Administration has offered information to help beneficiaries plan for their senior years. It’s never too early to begin! Did you know that at any point in your working years, you can get an idea of what your Social Security benefits might be? Doing this sooner rather than later is... Read More

Read This Before Those Holiday Toasts

Dec 15, 2018 — The holidays are about friends, family, good food and fellowship. And for many people, “making spirits bright” involves spirits of a different kind! We pair our holiday dishes with fancy wines, gather around the fireplace for hot buttered rum, and of course there are those champagne toasts as we sing “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight... Read More

Dance Yourself to Better Brain Health

Oct 15, 2018 — Neurologists tell us that one of the best ways to protect our brains is to exercise our bodies. Exercise not only protects us from heart disease and other health conditions that damage the brain … but in its own right, it increases brain size and builds connections in the brain that keep us sharp. Anything... Read More