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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

Helping Senior Loved Ones Feel Connected During the Holidays

Dec 1, 2018 — Recent studies confirm that loneliness is a serious issue for older adults today. The health impact of social isolation rivals obesity and even smoking. Loneliness raises the risk of heart disease, depression, sleep problems, stroke, hypertension and dementia, and can shorten life. The holidays are considered a time of comfort and joy, when families get... Read More

Opioids Aren’t the Only Dangerous Pain Medications

Nov 15, 2018 — With so much coverage of today’s opioid epidemic, there is new emphasis on alternative pain treatment. For many people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal pain, this includes the use of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). This class of drugs includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and Celebrex. But while NSAIDs are overall safer than... Read More

November 4 – 11, 2018 Is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Nov 1, 2018 — We see plenty of public service messages around the holidays warning us not to drink and drive. And these days, we can get a ticket if we’re caught texting or using our phone while behind the wheel. But there’s another driving hazard that’s pretty common during this time of year. Even if drivers have abstained... 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

Inoculate Yourself Against Phony Flu Products

Oct 1, 2018 — Last year’s flu season was unusually severe. This year—which is incidentally the 100th anniversary of the devastating 1918 Spanish flu pandemic—it’s important to pay attention to the dangers of seasonal influenza. The flu can be a serious illness for people of every age, and older adults are at highest risk of dangerous, even fatal, complications.... Read More

The Benefit of Stretching: It’s More Than You Thought

Sep 15, 2018 — Most of us know we should do some stretches before exercising. Some people begin their routine by holding a series of poses; others use specific movements that stretch the muscles. Stretching helps warm up our muscles and limber our joints so we’ll be less likely to injure ourselves during our workout. Stretching after an exercise... Read More

Emergency Preparation When a Loved One Has Dementia

Sep 1, 2018 — September is National Preparedness Month. This year reminded us about the importance of emergency preparation, for individuals, communities and the nation. We just learned that the effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico took almost 3,000 lives. Volcanic activity in Hawaii and record-breaking wildfires in the west left many homeless. In our area, heavy snow... Read More

If a Loved One Has Dementia … And a Gun

Aug 15, 2018 — The gun debate continues to rage, and while there’s little common ground between Second Amendment adherents and gun control advocates, a May 2018 study by researchers from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center reported, “Even in the highly politicized atmosphere surrounding gun ownership, about 89 percent of Americans support limiting firearm purchases and access to... Read More

“Portion Distortion” Can Pack on the Pounds

Aug 1, 2018 — When tourists from other countries visit the U.S., they are often surprised by the size of portions in restaurants. In many countries, it is considered rude to ask for a “doggie bag.” That is partly a difference in custom, but it’s also because restaurants in our country tend to serve huge portions, more than a... Read More