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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

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

Spring Activities for Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Spring has sprung! It’s time to shake off winter’s doldrums and get active. Whether you’re looking to invigorate the daily routine of yourself, your parent, your grandparent or all of the above, we have a list of ideas to ease into healthy movement.

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Will You Get Dementia From Soda?

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on April 27, 2017 at 9:05 AM

You may have seen it on the news or social media – two new studies suggest soda pop may be linked to stroke and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The studies appeared in the journals Stroke and Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

If you’re a soda pop drinker – sugary or diet – this may give you pause for thought. Here are four things to consider:

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, 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

Dementia Isn’t Just a Memory Disorder

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Memory loss is the most commonly known disability connected with dementia. Yet, dementia is so much more than just a memory disorder. Here are some other types of disorders that may occur with dementia:

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

The Silent Thief of Sight: What You Need to Know About Glaucoma

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

It’s the second leading cause of blindness in the world – glaucoma. And it affects more and more people every year. In 2013, an estimated 64 million adults 40-80 years old had glaucoma. That number is expected to rise to 76 million by 2020. Here is what you need to know the so-called “silent thief of sight.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

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