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Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus that has now spread around the world, including cases in our state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that certain people are at higher risk of getting… Read More

Opioid Medications Raise the Risk of Falls

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

Are Your Devices Making You Lazy?

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

How to Treat a Winter Cold

It’s that time of year when our nose can be as red as Rudolph’s! Researchers have various theories about why we’re more likely to catch the common cold in the winter. One reason is that all the holiday travel and activities raise our odds of encountering those germs. What should older adults do if they… Read More

A More Senior-Friendly Police Force

Beth’s father is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beth is usually careful that he doesn’t leave the house alone, but one night she forgot to lock the door, and in the morning, Dad was gone. Should she call the police? Before she could decide, the police called her. Although Dad had quit smoking 20 years before,… Read More

For Seniors, Mental Health Treatment Supports Physical Health

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

Three Gym Safety Tips for 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

Hosting the Holidays When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

Whether your family celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other winter holidays, you are probably making plans right now for the festivities. If you are caring for a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of memory loss, some advance preparation can help things go smoothly. Before the visit If you are the family… Read More

What Are the Complications of Seasonal Flu, and Who’s at Higher Risk?

December 1–7, 2019 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, there is still time to take advantage of this important protection. We see reminders every year of the importance of getting our flu shot. The flu is pretty miserable, and who wants that? Experts also tell us that the more people… Read More

Do Your Brain a Favor—Spend More Time with Others

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