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Here Comes the Sun! Are You Ready for It?

— The American Cancer Society designates the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.” This clever title serves as a reminder that sunburn season is officially here. It’s time to think about protecting our skin from the harmful rays that raise our risk of skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports... Read More

When a Loved One Hoards

— Many of us get the spring cleaning impulse this time of year. Out go old possessions that don’t “spark joy,” as organizing guru Marie Kondo would say. But for some people, asking if an item “sparks joy” is futile—because they are tied emotionally to all their possessions, even items others would consider useless. For people... Read More

Eight Myths and Facts About Strokes

— May is National Stroke Awareness Month. When it comes to stroke, what you don’t know can hurt you! Here are some commonly held myths about stroke: Myth #1: The symptoms of stroke are all the same. Let’s start with this one, because recognizing the symptoms of stroke and getting prompt medical attention is so important!... Read More

Surprising Things That Can Damage Our Hearing

— May is Better Speech and Hearing Month—a great time to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our ears. Recent studies confirm that hearing loss can lead to: Social isolation Depression Falls and other injuries Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease Economic instability Hearing loss is often due to changes in our ears as we grow... Read More

When a Loved One With Dementia Is Hospitalized

— Today, almost six million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many also have other health conditions which, like Alzheimer’s, become more common as we grow older, such as heart, lung or kidney disease. These seniors are likely to go to the emergency room or spend the night in... Read More

Easter Egg Safety (and Year-Round)

— Easter eggs have been a tradition for a long time. But when it comes to the health benefits of eggs, research teams have been throwing eggs at one another’s studies for some time! Perhaps you’ve been following the ongoing debate? For years, dietitians recommended that people eat eggs only sparingly, as eggs are very high... Read More

Top Benefits to Companion Pets for Older Adults

— April 11 is National Pet Day The U.S. Census Bureau says that 68 percent of U.S. households today have a pet, and pets are a $15 billion industry. Most of us love being around animals—and many research studies show that owning a pet is beneficial for seniors. Here are some of the ways pets improve... Read More

Ten Important Questions About Advance Health Care Directives

— April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a time to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding health care, and to encourage families and doctors to know and respect those wishes. Have you created health care directives? If you haven’t, or you aren’t sure your documents are up to date, here some questions you might... Read More

“I Have a Cold … Or Could It Be The Pollen?”

— After a long, cold winter, spring is finally here! Who doesn’t enjoy getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful flowering trees and shrubs that signal the season? However, those flowers aren’t really growing for our aesthetic pleasure. Their job is to attract bees and other creatures to their pollen — and though the lovely blooms please... Read More

National Kidney Month: Two Little Organs That Do a Big Job

— March is National Kidney Month. During February, we celebrated National Heart Month, and this month we’re focusing on kidney health. It’s appropriate that these two recognition events are close together, because kidney health and heart health are closely related! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that damaged kidneys can put extra stress... Read More