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Avoiding “Side Effects” of the Quarantine

June 20, 2020 — By now most of us are well aware of steps we can take to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s top of mind for most folks when we think about our health at this time. We wash our hands, use hand sanitizer when we can’t, avoid touching our face,... Read More

Family Caregiver Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 20, 2020 — Now that most of us have been practicing social distancing for over a month, it’s becoming apparent that our experience depends in part on our life circumstances. People who still must work around others — healthcare workers, grocery workers, mail carriers, bus drivers — are all heroes, and let’s not forget to honor and thank... Read More

Could Your Loved One Have an Anxiety Disorder?

May 2, 2020 — These days, it seems like we have a lot to worry about! The coronavirus outbreak, politics, the stock market, all added to our usual worries about health, money, perhaps the problems of other family members … we can all be excused for being fretful. But chronic worrying might be a sign of an anxiety disorder,... Read More

Lowering the Risk of Dangerous Blood Clots

April 21, 2020 — Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein, usually in the lower leg, thigh, pelvis or arm. This clot can cause temporary or permanent damage to the vein where it forms. And if a clot breaks free and travels through the bloodstream into the lungs, it can result in a... Read More

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