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13 Ways to Beat Depression During the Pandemic

Jun 1, 2020 — When we’re experiencing an emotionally distressing time, so often we turn to others. But as the coronavirus epidemic continues, many of the traditional ways we seek comfort are unavailable to us. A hug from a loved one or stranger, a get-together to discuss our grief and worries over coffee, a spontaneous gathering to light candles... Read More

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

May 15, 2020 — When it comes to stroke, what you don’t know can hurt you! We’d like to clear up eight commonly held myths about stroke: Myth #1: The symptoms of stroke are all the same Let’s start with this one, because recognizing the symptoms of stroke and getting prompt medical attention is so important! Maybe you have... Read More

Family Caregiver Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 1, 2020 — Now that most of us have been practicing social distancing for over a month, it’s becoming apparent that our experience depends in part on our life circumstances. People who still must work around others — healthcare workers, grocery workers, mail carriers, bus drivers — are all heroes, and let’s not forget to honor and thank... Read More

Could Your Loved One Have an Anxiety Disorder?

Apr 15, 2020 — These days, it seems like we have a lot to worry about! The coronavirus outbreak, politics, the stock market, added to our usual worries about health, money, perhaps the problems of other family members … we can all be excused for being fretful. But chronic worrying might be a sign of an anxiety disorder, and... Read More

How’s Your Handwashing Technique?

Apr 1, 2020 — It’s always a good idea to practice proper handwashing technique, and most of us know we should do it. Handwashing lowers the risk of many types of diseases. But with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, there’s a new emphasis on this very important way to stop the spread of the disease, which is especially dangerous for... Read More

Meet Your Kidneys: Two Little Organs That Do a Big Job

Mar 15, 2020 — March is National Kidney Month. During February, we celebrated National Heart Month, and this month we’re focusing on kidney health. It’s appropriate that these two recognition events are close together because kidney health and heart health are closely related! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that damaged kidneys can put extra stress... Read More

The Mediterranean Diet Continues to Get High Marks

Mar 2, 2020 — March is National Nutrition Month—a great time to think about improving our dietary habits. Here’s a great way to start. For years, cardiovascular experts have endorsed the now well-known Mediterranean diet. Speaking for the Society for Vascular Surgery, Dr. C. Keith Ozaki notes, “There are components of the Mediterranean diet that are good for the... Read More

Opioid Medications Raise the Risk of Falls

Feb 15, 2020 — The World Health Organization recently called the effective management of pain “a fundamental human right.” Work with your doctor to create the pain-management strategy that is most effective—and safe—for you.

Noise Pollution Could Harm Our Hearts

Feb 1, 2020 — February is American Heart Month, a great time to learn more about things that are good for our hearts … and things that aren’t! By now, most people are aware that air pollution is very bad for our health. The carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, sulfur oxides and ozone from motor vehicles, power plants, and... Read More

A More Senior-Friendly Police Force

Jan 15, 2020 — Beth’s father is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beth is usually careful that he doesn’t leave the house alone, but one night she forgot to lock the door, and in the morning, Dad was gone. Should she call the police? Before she could decide, the police called her. Although Dad had quit smoking 20 years before,... Read More