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Smoking and COPD: Living Life One Breath at a Time

Posted by Helen Beamer on June 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM

I love to watch black and white movies from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. However, a darker side of those entertaining musicals, dramas and screwball comedies is the way smoking features in the storyline.

That depiction of smoking was accurate for the time. According to a Gallup poll, about 45 percent of U.S. adults smoked cigarettes, cigars or pipes in 1954. Nowadays, people are more aware of the health risks of smoking. Recent statistics from the CDC indicate about 15.5 percent of adults smoke cigarettes.

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Topics: Healthy Living, Aging

3 Myths About Aging and Depression

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on May 30, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Depression in older adults is not uncommon, yet there are many unfounded myths about it. Let’s dispel three of these, because believing them can delay or prevent timely treatment.

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Topics: Healthy Living, Aging

Top 5 Design Features for Aging in Place

Posted by Anne Hein on May 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There’s no place like home. You can probably envision that classic scene from the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy closes her eyes, clicks her heels together and repeats the line until she’s wakes up in her bed at her farmhouse in Kansas with Auntie Em by her side. She’s relieved to be back at home – a familiar, comfortable place close to family and friends.

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Topics: Safety, Home Care Planning, Aging

3 Ways Music Can Help People With Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by ComForCare on May 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM

You may have heard about the power of music for those with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. But, did you know music is also beneficial for people living with other chronic conditions, such as Parkinson’s? Here are three ways music can improve the life of a person with the neurodegenerative disorder.

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Topics: Healthy Living, Aging

The Merits of Moving (Around)

Posted by Helen Beamer on April 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

My office has a sensor that turns the light off after a prolonged absence of movement. The light sometimes switches off while I am busily clicking my computer keyboard. Yes, I’m working but seemingly inert. My usual response to “lights out” is to wave my arms above my head. Sometimes I just keep working in the dark. What I really should do is get up and move.

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Topics: Healthy Living, Aging

Communication and Dementia: Speaking Through the Silence

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Certain types of dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Lewy body, Parkinson’s and frontotemporal dementia) may affect language ability. People who have these conditions may forget the names of people and things. They could use words that mean something entirely unrelated. Sometimes, they speak in “word salad,” using a combination of words and sounds that seem to make no sense. Over time, many might stop speaking entirely.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Aging, Caregiving

Family Caregiving: Advocacy for Your Loved One and You

Posted by Helen Beamer on March 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

People often think of caregiving as mostly hands-on care. It involves tasks like bathing, feeding, transferring and toileting. However, caregiving is more than caretaking. Caregiving tends to the whole person and all their needs.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Aging

Not All Memory Loss Is Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM

When you or someone you love experiences a memory lapse, you may worry it is the start of dementia. Yet, most of us who have memory challenges as we age are not experiencing dementia.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Aging

Staying Sharp: Water and Your Brain

Posted by Helen Beamer on February 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Staying hydrated is important for your body, especially your brain.Stay Hydrated_ Water Your Brain.jpg

Here are four reasons to fuel your brain with water throughout the day:

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Topics: Healthy Living, Aging

When Night Falls: Eight Ways Older Adults Can Avoid Nighttime Falls

Posted by Helen Beamer on February 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM

When night closes in, keep your guard up. However, don’t waste time looking for monsters who lurk under the bed. Or, wait for restless ghosts to prowl the halls. Rather, be aware of the potential hazards that might cause nighttime falls. Nighttime falls.jpg

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Topics: Safety, Fall Prevention, Aging

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