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Spring Is Here! Time to Get Into Nature!

After a particularly brutal winter, those of us who live in cooler climates are happily venturing outside to soak up some sunshine and smell the flowers. This is a great idea for people of every age, and especially for older adults, who may need to make a little extra effort to get out among trees,… Read More

Tai Chi Lowers the Risk of Falls … And That’s Just the Beginning

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society recently confirmed that tai chi can be an excellent exercise to lower seniors’ risk of falling. Researchers from the University of Jaén in Spain examined the data from a number of studies, and reported: “There was high-quality evidence that tai chi significantly reduced the rate of falls by… Read More

Spring Cleaning Tips to Protect the Youngest and Oldest Family Members from Accidental Poisoning

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, each year more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the nation’s poison centers—and 90 percent of these happen at home. While most of these poisonings involve children, the majority of poisonings that prove fatal occur among adults, many of them seniors with dementia. During National… Read More

Alzheimer’s Stigma Causes Isolation, Delays Diagnosis

In March 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association released the results of a study that found that most people believe that if they were to develop Alzheimer’s, they would face discrimination. Said Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., who is the chief science officer for the Association, “The unfortunate stigma associated with Alzheimer’s may prevent people from getting the… Read More

What About Those New Blood Pressure Recommendations?

ypertension (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

“I’ll Sleep On It”: Seven Great Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

March 11–17, 2018 Is Sleep Awareness Week Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, this recognition week is a great time to learn more about the many health benefits of getting enough quality sleep. Need some motivation? Here are several ways that adequate sleep keeps us healthier: Sleep may act as a “fountain of youth,” protecting… Read More

Improving Couples Communication When One Partner Has Dementia

Today more than 35 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many live at home, while others live in a memory care community or other supported living environment. No matter where a person with Alzheimer’s lives, they likely receive a great deal of care and support from family members—and, say experts,… Read More

Exercise For a Healthier Heart: It’s Never Too Late

February is American Heart Month—a great time to consider whether we’re doing all we can to support cardiovascular wellness. Most people today are aware of the heart health benefits of physical activity. Walk by a gym window or any urban trail, and you’ll note that young people today are likely to make regular exercise part… Read More

Top Five Reasons Seniors Should Get a Flu Shot

Some seniors think shots are just for kids. They couldn’t be more wrong! Here are five reasons to get the flu shot right now. The flu is a serious illness. We sometimes talk about it as if it’s just a minor inconvenience, but at the very least, the fever, cough and body aches can make… Read More

As Memory Fades, Emotions Live On

If you have a friend or loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you might wonder whether the things you do with them have any benefit. “I took Mom out to lunch, and she doesn’t even remember,” sighed one daughter. But here’s some research that confirms what most caregivers sense: people with… Read More