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Your Medications: True or False?

Sep 15, 2021 — Prescription and nonprescription drugs help seniors manage a variety of health conditions. They preserve both life and quality of life. Of course, they only work if we take them properly. How much do you know about your medications? True or False? If my doctor prescribes a drug, and then I start to feel better, it’s... Read More

Pandemic Quiet Provided a Contrast to Our Noisy Life

Sep 1, 2021 — As stay-at-home orders went into place, the streets were virtually deserted. Businesses and industries suspended production. Airlines canceled flights. Live music at bars and concert arenas ceased. Even 4th of July fireworks were called off. That resulted in a quieter world! Massachusetts General Hospital cardiologist told the American Heart Association that at the beginning of... Read More

Communication With a Loved One Who Is Living With Alzheimer’s Disease

Aug 15, 2021 — June Is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. This is a time that we focus on the 50 million people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease—and also on the many millions of family members and friends who are supporting their well-being. Family caregiving is hard work, especially when a loved one is living with memory loss.... Read More

Eight Questions About Seniors and Dehydration

Aug 3, 2021 — This summer, much of the country has been suffering under the blistering heat. High temperatures are especially dangerous for older adults, and dehydration is one of the big factors when they experience heat-related illness. Yet even during cooler times of the year, older adults are at risk of having a less than optimal level of... Read More

Talking About Walking

Jul 15, 2021 — For years, doctors have emphasized that walking is a perfect type of exercise for older adults. A good exercise program includes aerobic, muscle strengthening, and balance activities. Walking is a great way to get all three, and here are some studies to help us make our walking workout even better: Pick up the pace, and... Read More

Prediabetes Is a Wake-Up Call

Jul 1, 2021 — As experts studied the risk factors for serious illness stemming from COVID-19, they found that certain underlying health conditions make it more likely that a patient will have serious complications. Diabetes is one of those conditions. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) explained that while having diabetes doesn’t raise a person’s risk of being infected with... Read More

Reasons to Show Your Older Brain Some Love

Jun 15, 2021 — If we live long enough, we’ll notice changes in our memory and thinking. Or maybe our spouse or another family member will be the ones to point out these changes. In any case, it’s important to be aware of changes that might mean something is amiss, and which should be reported to the doctor, such... Read More

Things to Talk About During Your Father’s Day Call

Jun 1, 2021 — Looking for a great topic of conversation for your Father’s Day call? June is Men’s Health Month, and there’s a lot to discuss! As the pandemic is slowly winding down, many of us are taking assessment of our health. Older loved ones may have been sheltering in place for months, and they may have been... Read More

Is It Safe to Exercise With Arthritis?

May 15, 2021 — May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Over 54 million people in the U.S. are living with arthritis, and with the aging of our population, that number will grow. Arthritis is the general term for a group of more than 100 conditions that affect the joints or the tissues around the joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common... Read More

Your Spring Diet 2021: More Challenging, But More Important, Than Ever

May 6, 2021 — A year into the pandemic, are you struggling with the notorious “quarantine 15”? A lot of older adults report that they are carrying around some extra pounds these days. It’s not surprising, as many of us are stuck at home, unable to access many of our usual exercise activities, and perhaps turning to food for... Read More