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As Memory Fades, Emotions Live On

February 15, 2018 — If you have a friend or loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you might wonder whether the things you do with them have any benefit. “I took Mom out to lunch, and she doesn’t even remember,” sighed one daughter. But here’s some research that confirms what most caregivers sense: people with... Read More

The FDA Recommends Four-Step Plan for Senior Medication Safety

February 15, 2018 — The medications we take help us manage a variety of health conditions that become more common as we grow older, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and sleep problems. Yet we might take so many medications that managing them is a health problem itself! Our bodies process substances differently as... Read More

What About Those New Blood Pressure Recommendations?

January 23, 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

Foot and Ankle Surgeons Offer Winter Weather Safety Tips

January 23, 2018 — Brrrr! Much of the country has seen frigid and treacherous weather during the first weeks of 2018. It’s so important for seniors to take precautions to avoid cold-related illness and injury. Maybe you put on a warm coat and a hat—but what about your feet? Older adults are at higher risk of falling, and are... Read More

Top Five Reasons Seniors Should Get a Flu Shot

December 18, 2017 — 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 CDC holds this event to remind us that... Read More

Read This Before Those Holiday Toasts

December 18, 2017 — 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

Fire Safety for the Whole Family

November 15, 2017 — In the U.S. today, multigenerational living is on the rise, due to the higher cost of housing, student loans, and the more challenging career path faced by younger adults today. Money isn’t the only driver; many families enjoy having several generations under the same roof. Our longer lifespan means more families are providing care for... Read More

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: A Call for Greater Support

November 15, 2017 — 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 than 15 million family members and friends are providing care for them.... Read More

Scouts Bring Back Joy of Musical Memories

October 12, 2017 — Reprinted with permission of Mt. Olive Chronicle Mount Olive TWP. – The elderly woman with dementia had no problems remembering her younger days when she heard the crooning of Frank Sinatra on the CD. And there was the man, in his 80s, whose memory is failing, but who tapped his toes and sang to tunes... Read More

Older Eyes: What’s Normal, What’s Not?

October 6, 2017 — More than 142 million Americans are age 40 and older, and it is around age 40 that many people start to notice changes in their eyesight that increase as they get older. By 2030, it is predicted that more than 90 million people will be age 65 and older; one in six of these people... Read More