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Pain Insights That Are Especially Relevant Today

November 3, 2020 — Pain isn’t “all in your head,” as some people dismissively say. However, the way we think about our pain can make a big difference! In August 2020, a research team from Penn State University Center for Healthy Aging published a study on pain “catastrophizing.” They defined “catastrophizing” as “feeling an exaggerated helplessness or hopelessness” about... Read More

Doctors Report Increase in “Broken Heart Syndrome”

October 20, 2020 — Every so often, we read a poignant news story about a couple, married for years, who pass away only a few days apart. “His wife died from a stroke, and he died of a broken heart,” the story might go. Though that is just a saying, there actually is something to it, report cardiologists. According... Read More

Poison Control Reminders for the Pandemic

September 20, 2020 — Protecting older adults Medication management can be challenging, and as older adults are quarantining at this time, many lack the support they usually have to ensure they’re taking their prescription drugs at the right time, in the right way. Here are some tips: Have a system to help remember when to take medications. This could... Read More

The Right Car for Senior Drivers

September 5, 2020 — As we grow older, we experience changes that can make it less safe to drive. Eye diseases, arthritis and memory problems can make it harder to steer, react and make good decisions behind the wheel. Even routine age-related changes in vision, reflexes and flexibility might put us at greater risk of an accident. As seniors... Read More

Is It a Stroke, or Heat Stroke?

August 21, 2020 — Every summer, many Americans suffer from heat-related illness, and experts caution that 2020 will offer extra challenges. People who quarantine in a home without air conditioning can overheat quickly, and many of the traditional spots where we go to cool down may be shuttered. Seniors are at higher risk of heat-related illness, and should receive... Read More

Free Resources for a Home Exercise Regimen

August 5, 2020 — Think back a year. What was your usual exercise routine? A twice-a-week workout at the gym? Hopping the bus to a nearby park? A walk with a big group of friends? Your exercise class at the senior center? Sessions with a personal trainer or physical therapist at your senior living community? Most older adults are... Read More

Having Food Delivered During the Pandemic? Play It Safe.

July 5, 2020 — Not wanting to risk exposure to the coronavirus at a public grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are opting to have groceries, prepared foods, and meal kits delivered to their homes. And though restaurants are closed, many still deliver. People are wondering if this is safe. Your main risk of contact with the... Read More

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