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Getting to the Heart of Coronary Artery Disease

Posted by Helen Beamer on October 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Can you imagine working day in and day out without a vacation? That’s what your heart does. It doesn’t always work under ideal conditions either, and that can take a toll.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Dementia, Home Safety and Medications

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on October 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Elders too often are harmed at home due to inadvertently taking too much medication. This risk is greater with dementia because the person may not recall if or when they had their last dose. So, they take it again… and sometimes, even again. Or take the wrong medication or get confused about the instructions. Was it one pill every four hours or four pills every one hour?

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Safety, Healthy Living

10 Ways You Can Help Older Adults Prevent Falls

Posted by Anne Hein on September 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The statistics are startling – every year, a quarter of Americans age 65 and older fall. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for seniors and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. While it may seem inevitable every senior will fall – the truth is, falls are not a normal part of aging and most falls can be prevented. 

In honor of the 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day, here are 10 steps to share with older adults to help prevent falls.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

Arthritis: 100 Conditions and 5 Ways to Cope

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

My husband calls it Arthur’s disease – his version of “Arthur-i-tis.” That’s his attempt to make light of the pain and limitations of the chronic condition that affects nearly every move he makes – sitting, standing, putting on socks and shoes, using a computer or playing the piano.

In the United States, over 54 million people have arthritis – that’s approximately one in four adults. In people ages 65 or older, that number grows to nearly one in two (49.7 percent).

Arthritis includes more than 100 different diseases and conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis causes aches and pains as well as swelling and stiffness around the joints. Specific symptoms vary by the individual and type of arthritis.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

4 Ways You Can Help Older Adults Feel Less Lonely

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on September 5, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Loneliness, characterized by the state of feeling alone, is experienced by many people. So, you aren’t alone when you feel lonely.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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

Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Medication Problems

Posted by Anne Hein on June 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

As we age, normal changes in the body can affect the way we process medications. For example, liver and kidney function may decrease, which can affect how a drug breaks down and is eliminated from the body.  

"There is no question that physiology changes as we age. Many chronic medical conditions don't even appear until our later years," said Sandra L. Kweder, M.D., F.A.C.P., deputy director of the FDA Office of New Drugs. "It's not that people are falling to pieces; some changes are just part of the normal aging process."

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Topics: Aging, Safety, 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

13 Simple Life Hacks, Tips and Tricks for Caregivers

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on June 1, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Caregiving for a parent or grandparent can be complex. Family caregivers must learn how to balance lives full of responsibilities with their parent’s or grandparent’s’ lives.

Life hacks, tips and tricks, can help family caregivers find smarter, easier ways to accomplish everyday activities or solve common problems — all without breaking a sweat. Here are 13 ways to work smarter, not harder.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, 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

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