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Warn Senior Loved Ones About “Free Trial” Offers

Feb 15, 2018 — Cheese samples at the supermarket, little packets of body care products at the makeup counter or that little tube of toothpaste your dentist gives you — marketers like to give away free samples in hopes that we’ll like their product and actually purchase it. Plenty of legitimate businesses are happy to let us try a... Read More

Five Health Tips for Your Super Bowl LII Party

Jan 29, 2018 — On February 4, people across America will be gathering at Super Bowl parties to watch the battle of the Patriots and Eagles, the halftime extravaganza, and of course, those commercials. If you’re going to a party or hosting one at your house, here are five tips that will let you be a health winner, no... Read More

What About Those New Blood Pressure Recommendations?

Jan 15, 2018 — Hypertension (commonly called high blood pressure) means that the force of blood that pushes against the walls of our arteries is too high. Your healthcare provider measures your blood pressure with a special instrument, and records systolic pressure (your blood pressure during heartbeats) and your diastolic pressure (the pressure when your heart is resting between... Read More

Did You Resolve to Work Out with an Exercise Video?

Jan 1, 2018 — When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, “get more exercise” is likely to be on our list, especially as we grow older and realize the many benefits of physical activity. But this is also the time of year when it can be harder to get a good workout. It’s a busy time, and the weather... Read More

Quit Smoking at Any Age

Dec 15, 2017 — Fewer Americans are smoking these days. That’s good news! But many older adults have smoked for most of their lives. Is it possible for them to kick the habit? A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco found that even people who have smoked for many years could quit with the right support.... Read More

Top Five Reasons Seniors Should Get a Flu Shot

Dec 1, 2017 — December 3–9, 2017 is National Influenza Vaccination Week Every year around this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sends out a renewed call for most Americans to be immunized against the seasonal flu. Even though the general recommendation is to get your shot as soon as it’s available, usually during October, the... Read More

Seniors and Epilepsy

Nov 15, 2017 — November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Each year, the National Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) sponsors this recognition date to call attention to this brain disorder, which causes an interruption in normal function resulting in seizures. There are many types of seizures. In some types, a person might fall to the ground and experience stiffened muscles, jerks... Read More

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: A Call for Greater Support

Nov 1, 2017 — November is National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. We all want a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but families who are dealing with the disease right now say that support for their needs is also greatly needed. Today, more than 5 million people in America are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more... Read More

How’s Your AARC?

Oct 15, 2017 — How much time do we spend thinking about our own aging, and how does that affect our attitude about growing older? In 2009, the Journals of Gerontology looked at the concept of “awareness of age-related changes” (AARC), defined as “all those experiences that make a person aware that his or her behavior, level of performance,... Read More

October 15–December 7 Is Medicare Open Enrollment

Oct 1, 2017 — The National Council on Aging offers a checklist of five steps to help people with Medicare evaluate their coverage It’s that time of year again. Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Across the country, individuals with Medicare already have been bombarded with paperwork, sales pitches, and reminders, leaving many wondering where... Read More