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Pet Safety for Older Adults

May 15, 2022 — A February 2022 study from the University of Florida showed that when it comes to your memory health, your dog is indeed a very good boy! For that matter, your feline friends and even fish and turtles provide a brain boost. Sociology doctoral candidate Jennifer Applebaum led the study of 1,300 seniors, which found that... Read More

Older Adults and Supplement Safety

May 1, 2022 — More than half of all older adults take dietary supplements. For the most part, these substances are not harmful. But there are several things older consumers should know: Supplements are largely unregulated, so there’s no real way to know what you’re buying, and whether it is safe. Supplements are not tested by the U.S. Food... Read More

Spring Cleaning? Think About Downsizing!

April 18, 2022 — This is the time of year when we open the windows and let in the light. Time to give everything a good dusting and vacuuming! And while we’re at it, we might decide to do a little decluttering, as well. It’s good to keep up with that task over the years. As we grow older,... Read More

Does Aging Mean We Should Slow Down? Evolution Says No!

April 2, 2022 — The old cliché is that older adults should take it easy—maybe even take to their rocking chairs. Today, we know how wrong that is! “It’s a widespread idea in Western societies that as we get older, it’s normal to slow down, do less, and retire,” said Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel E. Lieberman. In fact, he said,... Read More

How Can We Avoid Spreading Health Misinformation?

March 15, 2022 — Along with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been experiencing another epidemic—this one of misinformation! Spreading unsubstantiated rumors is never a good thing, and in the case of health information, it can be life-threatening. For most of us, it feels good to know we’re sharing factual, accurate information—but how can we be sure we really are? “Health... Read More

Self-Neglect Is an Underreported Type of Elder Abuse

March 1, 2022 — During a visit to their hometown, Dan and Amy visited their great-aunt. Aunt Becky was glad to see them, but they were worried at what they saw in her home. Her usually spotless house was dirty and unkempt. Though she’d always taken pride in her wardrobe, her dress was dirty and torn. She seemed painfully... Read More

How Are Seniors Doing as the Pandemic Continues?

February 15, 2022 —   From the beginning of the pandemic, much attention has been paid to older adults, who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and who have faced isolation and an interruption to their regular activities as they practiced social distancing. Recent figures show that 75% of people who died from the virus are... Read More

Get Back Into Your Exercise Routine

February 1, 2022 — For many of us, the holidays are a hectic time! We put hours of preparation into selecting, purchasing and wrapping gifts, decorating our homes, cooking and baking, and perhaps getting ready for guests or traveling to our destination. This year, as in last year, many of us had to pivot a bit. If it wasn’t... Read More

Is It Safe for My Loved One With Dementia to Own a Gun?

January 16, 2022 — The debate over guns has heated up during the past few years. But one thing most everyone on the firearm ownership opinion spectrum agrees about is that sometimes it is unsafe for an individual with mental illness to have access to guns. What about older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia? Researchers from the... Read More

Fire Safety Experts Share Post-Holiday Safety Tips

January 1, 2022 — In 2020, many families decided to forego their family holiday celebrations in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19. This year, with the vaccine available, more families have decided to get together. But since we skipped last year, our skills might be a little rusty! Hmmm, how long do I cook my turkey? And where did... Read More