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Planning Ahead for Aging Solo

February 4, 2019 — You may have heard the term “elder orphans” during the last year or two. This term was coined to describe seniors who do not have a spouse or children who can assist them as their care needs change. It’s estimated that 22 percent of older adults today fall in this category, and the number will... Read More

When It Comes to Fall Prevention, Plan Ahead!

February 4, 2019 — We plan for health care during our senior years. We strategize our retirement finances. We make a plan about where to live, and how to remain socially connected. But there’s one other thing we might have forgotten. A new study shows that having a plan for preventing falls is also very important! In 2018, a... Read More

Supporting Dementia Caregivers

January 3, 2019 — Millions of caregivers support the well-being of senior relatives. And caregivers whose loved ones are living with dementia carry an especially heavy load. The University of Michigan and the AARP recently conducted a study of people who provide care for family members or friends with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Among their findings:... Read More

Five Reasons to Fight Ageism in 2019

January 3, 2019 — Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe you’ve vowed to lose weight, save money, read more books or clean the garage? We’d like to suggest another worthy resolution that could benefit you, your older loved ones, and even the young folks in the family: fighting ageism. Today, there is an increased emphasis on... Read More

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