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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.

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

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

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