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Oral Health: It’s Not Just About a Nice Smile

June 23, 2019 — Oral Health: It’s Not Just About a Nice Smile June Is Oral Health Month Our teeth and gums change as we grow older. Years of wear and tear take a toll, often causing thinning enamel and broken or lost teeth. Teeth with repairs such as crowns, fillings and root canals are less hardy. As gums... Read More

Meeting the Needs of LGBT Seniors With Dementia

June 12, 2019 — This month, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This recognition takes place in June to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, an event that is symbolic of the ongoing battle for LGBT rights. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic event, many members of that... Read More

Ten Important Questions About Advance Health Care Directives

May 22, 2019 — Have you created health care directives? If you haven’t, or you aren’t sure your documents are up to date, here some questions you might have. Why should people express their wishes about health care? Isn’t that for their doctor to decide? Today’s health care technologies are pretty amazing. They can keep us alive even if... Read More

Here Comes the Sun! Are You Ready for It?

May 17, 2019 — The American Cancer Society designates the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.” This clever title serves as a reminder that sunburn season is officially here. It’s time to think about protecting our skin from the harmful rays that raise our risk of skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports... Read More

Healthy Sleep for Healthy Aging

April 18, 2019 — It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to experience a period wakefulness in the middle of the night. Maybe we wake up at 4 a.m., and lie awake until dawn.... Read More

Seniors and Their Furry, Feathered and Finned Companions

April 18, 2019 — The U.S. Census Bureau says that 68 percent of U.S. households today have a pet, and pets are a $15 billion industry. Most of us love being around animals—and many research studies show that owning a pet is beneficial for seniors. Here are some of the ways pets improve the well-being of older adults: Social... Read More

Expanding the Life Space of Older Adults

March 14, 2019 — Some of the changes that age brings can tempt us to spend more time at home. Visual impairment, hearing loss, mobility challenges and memory problems can make it unsafe for us to drive. We might feel less confident when we’re out and about, fearing that we will fall or get lost. Gradually we develop a... Read More

Avoiding Glaucoma, the “Sneak Thief of Sight”

March 14, 2019 — More than 3 million people in America are living with some form of this disease, which is the second leading cause of blindness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that half of these people are unaware that they have the disease, which can affect the eyes so slowly that a person doesn’t... Read More

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