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How’s Your Handwashing Technique?

April 2, 2020 — It’s always a good idea to practice proper handwashing technique, and most of us know we should do it. Handwashing lowers the risk of many types of disease. But with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, there’s new emphasis on this very important way to stop the spread of the disease, which is especially dangerous for older... Read More

Are Your Devices Making You Lazy?

March 20, 2020 — By now, most of us know that getting enough exercise is vital for good health and optimal aging. More people today are at least making an effort, setting aside time several times a week to get some physical activity—a minimum of 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity exercise is a good rule of thumb for... Read More

Opioid Medications Raise the Risk of Falls

February 20, 2020 — You’ve no doubt read of the terrible opioid epidemic that is ruining—and taking—so many lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 40 people die each day from an overdose of opioid medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine. Experts say the average life expectancy in the U.S. has even dropped slightly... Read More

Three Gym Safety Tips for 2020

January 2, 2020 — It’s a pretty common New Year’s resolution: join a gym, or if you already have a membership, spend more time there. Working out at a gym offers many health advantages, including weight control, disease management and depression-busting. Instructors teach classes and are often on the scene to be sure you are using equipment properly. Personal... Read More

“Should I Give Up Driving … Or Get a New Car?”

December 2, 2019 — December 2–6, 2019 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week The inability to drive is one of the greatest challenges to senior independence. In some cases, this is simply the best choice. If advanced vision loss, severe mobility challenges or dementia make an elder unsafe behind the wheel, it’s time to learn about alternative transportation methods... Read More

Do Your Brain a Favor—Spend More Time with Others

November 20, 2019 — Much recent research has shed light on what’s been called an “epidemic” of loneliness among seniors. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that 25% of older adults reported feeling lonely. We know that loneliness is a health problem—experts have called it “as bad for our health as smoking or obesity.” In particular,... Read More

Warn Seniors About Social Security Scams

October 6, 2019 — Social Security is the major source of post-retirement income for most older adults, so if a senior receives a call from the Social Security Administration (SSA), they are likely to pick up the phone and listen! But the SSA is warning seniors that these days, con artists have been impersonating SSA officials to steal the... Read More

For a Younger Brain, Eat More Leafy Greens

September 20, 2019 — Is your garden still going strong? Maybe you walk by the local farmers market every week, but never stop in? Or maybe you speed through the produce section at your grocery store, grabbing only a few oranges and bananas and completely ignoring the colorful palette of leafy greens we can buy these days? Here’s some... Read More

Making an Emergency Preparation Plan? Don’t Forget Heat Waves!

August 20, 2019 — This is the time of year when our attention turns to natural disasters. The U.S. has already experienced our first hurricane this year. Summer brings tornadoes throughout the nation’s midsection. And a series of earthquakes recently struck the West. Time to make our emergency preparation kit and plan our evacuation route, just in case! But... Read More

Want to Feel Better About Yourself? Try Feeling Better About Others.

August 5, 2019 — These days, it seems that good feelings about other people can be in short supply! Political battles, sniping in Facebook comments, and trolls on news sites can make us all feel a little prickly, judgmental and self-focused. But according to a March 2019 study from Iowa State University (ISU), improving our feelings toward other people... Read More