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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

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

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

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

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

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