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Diabetes Is a Family Matter

December 4, 2018 — When it comes to diabetes, family matters in two very important ways: Families often share the risk of diabetes. Knowing your family history is important. Create a family health history. Who in your family is living with diabetes? How about grandparents and great-grandparents? This information can encourage family members to be tested for diabetes, because... Read More

Helping Senior Loved Ones Feel Connected During the Holidays

December 4, 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

Inoculate Yourself Against Phony Flu Products

November 7, 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

Depression and Dementia—A Complicated Interconnection

November 7, 2018 — Depression is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. According to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, an estimated 15 percent of people older than 65 are dealing with depression, which affects the whole person: mind, body and emotions. Symptoms include a persistent feeling of sadness, lack of energy, changes in normal... Read More

When a Loved One Moves to a Long-Term Care Facility

September 26, 2018 — When a Loved One Moves to a Long-Term Care Facility Though most seniors wish to stay at home for as long as possible, health challenges often mean that moving to a skilled nursing facility is the best choice. If you are helping a loved one with this process, maybe you spent a lot of time... Read More

Balance Problems Raise the Risk of Falls

September 26, 2018 — Falling is a big senior health issue! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 percent of older adults will fall this year, and many will suffer brain damage, a hip fracture or other broken bone—injuries that can be fatal, or so serious that a senior never recovers their independence. Why do... Read More

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

August 23, 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

Organizing Your Important Records in the Digital Age

August 23, 2018 — Too often we need a piece of information when we are least able to access it—during a medical emergency, at a doctor’s appointment, when meeting with a lawyer, or during a hospital admission. So, it makes sense to get organized ahead of time by pulling the information you may need into a convenient inventory. Here... Read More

Why Do People With Alzheimer’s Disease Wander?

July 26, 2018 — In the U.S. and around the world, the population is aging, and that means an increase in people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss. Geriatricians say that over half of these seniors are at risk of becoming lost. It seems that every week we come across a news article about a... Read More

What Does a Podiatrist Say About Flip-Flops?

July 26, 2018 — A casual summer staple, flip-flops are popular with men, women and kids – especially for outside activities. But before slipping on these warm weather favorites, be sure you know the appropriate way to wear this type of shoe, advises Dr. Edward Szabo, a podiatrist at Georgia Regents University. Dr. Szabo recommends the following guidelines to... Read More