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For Seniors, Mental Health Treatment Supports Physical Health

January 17, 2020 — As we grow older, we are more likely to be living with chronic health conditions. Heart disease, arthritis, vision and hearing loss, diabetes and many other illnesses all can take a toll on our quality of life, so it’s not surprising that many seniors who are living with health challenges are also dealing with depression,... Read More

Managing and Preventing the Complications of Diabetes

November 4, 2019 — November is National Diabetes Month. This year’s theme is “Take Diabetes to Heart,” reflecting the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is only one of the health problems made worse by diabetes. Read on to learn more. More than 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, a disease that happens... Read More

At Every Age, We Want to Make a Difference

July 20, 2019 — Seniors have a lifetime of wisdom to share—and yet, say experts, today’s older adults may have few opportunities to do so! Said University of Toronto professor Markus Schafer, “While the average 65-year-old may well have more wisdom than the average 30-year-old, the latter typically has more opportunity for actually dispensing advice.” This lack of opportunity... Read More

Study Urges Doctors to Consider “Symptom Burden” in Older Patients

July 5, 2019 — Larry went to the doctor because his knee pain was worsening. The doctor ordered x-rays and increased Larry’s dose of anti-inflammatory medication. Larry never mentioned to the doctor that he had been feeling depressed lately, and that he’d been having trouble sleeping … yet both of those things can increase sensations of pain. And in... 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

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

Warm Weather Tips for Managing Your Diabetes

June 25, 2018 — If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, you know that taking care of yourself and following the doctor’s advice are year-round tasks. But according to experts, summertime can offer some extra challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us that people with diabetes can be more affected by summer... 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

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