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The Dangers of Binge Drinking and Older Adults
A recent study by researchers at NYU School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV... Keep Reading
How Exercise Can Help Your Heart, No Matter Your Age
f you want to start a new exercise routine but have reservations because you’ve suffered from a heart attack or have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease, there is good news. A new study shows that the benefits of routine exercise can help with heart health at any age. Keep Reading
Fluzone for Seniors - How Is It Different?
As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder it can only mean one thing, flu season is here once again. To avoid getting sick, you might bundle up before going outside or wash your hands before eating. Additionally, it may be a good idea to look into getting a flu shot as well.* The statement rings especially true for anyone over the age of 65 as the flu can be harder to fight off as we age. Luckily, for anyone 65 and older, a new drug called Fluzone could help ward off the flu this season. Keep Reading
Are You Washing Your Hands Right?
Handwashing is a key factor in preventing the spread of germs and in keeping you and your loved... Keep Reading
Power of Thanksgiving - The Health Benefits of Gratitude
The feelings we experience during this festive occasion bring us together and have the power to unite us in expressing and receiving gratitude throughout the year. And, according to scientific research, we also experience profound health benefits! Keep Reading
Healthy Aging With an Apple a Day
We have all heard the famous expression - “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” Sounds... Keep Reading
Take a Stand to Prevent Falls
Falls are the leading cause of injury for adults 65 and older. In fact, every 11... Keep Reading
Dementia, Home Safety and Medications
Older adults can be harmed at home due to inadvertently taking too much medication. This risk... Keep Reading
Stroke Awareness and FAST Action
Having a stroke can be a scary and life-altering event that can affect people of all ages. Often... Keep Reading
Older Adults and Substance Use Disorders: It’s Real
Although not as severe or prevalent as among younger people, substance use disorders by older adults (65+) is happening and can create an equally negative impact on the older adult and their family. Keep Reading
Food and Medication Interactions: The Dark Side of Healthy Foods
Eating healthy and clean has become a large part of our pop culture since the organic movement decades ago. Articles are published every day about what the new superfood is and what we should eat to fill our bodies with vitamins and antioxidants. Most superfoods do provide heaps of nutrients, yet there is a dark side to these superfoods for some people with chronic diseases. Here are four foods that can cause issues: Keep Reading
Sleep Can Help You Be a Better Caregiver
Being a caregiver has many demands – both physically and emotionally. In addition to the responsibilities of caregiving, you may deal with work deadlines, social isolation, financial issues and/or medical conditions. Keep Reading
Why Sleep Is So Important to Mental Health
Sleep and mental health have a strong connection that can turn into a perplexing and complex relationship when sleep deprivation and mental health problems occur simultaneously. It becomes hard to determine where one issue ends and the other begins. When you are facing health problems related to aging that are interfering with your sleep patterns, it’s important to take action to ensure you’re getting quality rest. It’s also crucial for the mental health of caregivers to do the same. Keep Reading
Taking Charge of Your Health: Mind and Body Connected
Exercise is repeatedly featured in our favorite magazines, blogs and television shows. As an adult, being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health. However, did you know that it greatly benefits your mental health, also? Being physically active has been shown to reduce anxiety, effects of depression and other mental health concerns. Keep Reading
Area Agencies on Aging — The In-Home Support Option You Might Not of Heard Of
When most of us think of AAA, we think of car insurance and roadside assistance, but another AAA that you may not be aware of is your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Keep Reading
Hoarding Is Hazardous for Your Older Loved One - Part 2
In a previous post, we discussed the clinical definition and dangers of hoarding disorder (HD). If you are unsure if your loved one has HD, the International OCD Foundation says the key feature of HD is disorganization to the point where the living spaces can no longer be used for everyday activities as they were intended. Keep Reading
Surprising Information About Dementia and Memory Loss
The term "memory loss" is commonly used as a shorthand for dementia, especially in regard to Alzheimer's disease where memory loss is a prominent feature. However, did you know that not all types of dementia include significant memory loss? Did you know some types of memory may remain more intact than others? Keep Reading
Hoarding Is Hazardous for Your Older Loved One - Part 1
While my grandma lived at her home, my mother and I would make it a point to stop by at least twice a week to help with the light cleaning, such as dusting and vacuuming. The underlying clutter we mostly left untouched until after my grandma died. What we found was amazing: a jar full of matches from various establishments, some ancient crackers and so on. I know, the situation could have been more challenging – she could have been hoarding. Keep Reading
Health Benefits of Gardening for Older Adults
For some, there is nothing more refreshing than sinking their fingers into warm soil or biting into a sun-ripened tomato fresh off the vine. There is a basic human feeling when planting seeds or bulbs — a sense of accomplishment and a state of deep peace. However, gardening not only feels good, but it is also good for you. In addition to growing nutritious fruits and vegetables, here are some of the other health benefits of gardening. Keep Reading
Open Your Eyes to AMD and Low Vision
February is not only the month of hearts, but the month of eyes, as well — National Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month. That’s quite a mouthful (or eyeful), so let’s explore these conditions. Keep Reading

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