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Falls in Older Adults: A Growing Risk for Brain Injury

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Brains and falls don’t mix well. That’s why kids riding bicycles, teens doing skateboard tricks, adults cruising on motorcycles and athletes playing football wear helmets. That protective gear helps shield brains from being jostled, jiggled or battered in the event of a crash or fall.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur anywhere and to anyone. Falls are the most common reason for brain injury in people of all ages and motor vehicle accidents rank at No. 2.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

Sleep Can Help You Be a Better Caregiver

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Being a caregiver places a lot of demands on you – both physically and emotionally. Many caregivers juggle multiple tasks with work, home and family – never knowing what is around the corner.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

7 Reasons Why Laughter Is Good for You

Posted by Helen Beamer on June 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Had a good laugh lately? Laughter connects people, eases trouble and makes the day brighter. It releases stress, activates learning, burns calories and supports memory. In short, laughter is good for you.

Why is laughter so beneficial? Here are seven reasons:

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Topics: Healthy Living

Older Adults and High Cholesterol

Posted by Helen Beamer on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Growing old has its advantages: the wisdom of life experiences, the leisure of retirement, the joys of grandchildren and the benefits of senior discounts. On the other hand, growing old increases the likelihood of health concerns.

Data from Medicare show 80 percent of adults 65+ have at least one chronic condition. In addition, the most common health issue for adults 65 and older is high blood pressure, while the second is high cholesterol. According to the National Institutes of Health, 62 percent of adults age 50+ have high cholesterol. Similar to high blood pressure, high cholesterol causes no symptoms but can lead to impaired heart health.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

A Nurse’s Perspective: How to Nurture Your Body, Mind and Spirit

Posted by Helen Beamer on May 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

A nurse’s role includes many responsibilities: getting patients’ health histories, administering medications and treatments, performing diagnostic tests, and collaborating with doctors and the health care team. Nurses teach patients and families how to manage health conditions. Nurses work in all kinds of settings including hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, schools and government agencies. Skilled home health and hospice nurses take their skills on the road and provide care at their patients’ homes.

At the heart of it, nurses are caregivers. They juggle a lot of duties and mounds of paperwork as they give patients the very best care. Nurses are dedicated professionals. However, while caring for others is rewarding, it also can be tiring.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

The Three R’s of Caregiving

Posted by Helen Beamer on March 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

You’ve heard of the three R’s of education: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. You probably know about the three R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse and recycle. Having a list of three R’s can help us recall and prioritize what is most important.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

Social Workers Stand Up for You

Posted by Helen Beamer on March 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

If you stop to think about it, you can probably recall a time a social worker made a life-changing difference for you, your loved ones or your neighbors. Consider the social worker who fielded an emotional hotline call about mental health services. What about the social worker who reviewed that lengthy, complicated Medicaid application?
Maybe it was the school social worker who counseled an errant child about behavior concerns. Or perhaps a social worker who led the grief counseling sessions you attended after a loved one died.

Given all the impact social workers have on us personally and the world at large, it’s good to take a few moments during Social Work Month to applaud their strengths:

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Topics: Aging, Safety, Healthy Living

Older Adults: The Benefits of Eating Well

Posted by Helen Beamer on January 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Daily food choices influence the health of older adults. Good eating habits help the body maintain muscles, bones and organs in good working order.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

How Family Caregivers Can Manage Stress

Posted by Helen Beamer on January 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Have you ever seen a job posting like this?

WANTED: Caring person willing to work as necessary, from a few minutes a day to 40+ hours per week. Duties may include: meal preparation, medication management, housekeeping, transportation, financial tasks, and/or assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Healthy Living

All I Want for Christmas (Senior Edition)

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

That familiar holiday tune expresses a simple wish of a child – not for the expected list of toys – but for front teeth to grow in quickly enough to properly say “Merry Christmas.”

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Topics: Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

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