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Take actions now to reduce your risk of getting sick from COVID-19

— Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus that has now spread around the world, including many cases in Houston. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that certain people are at higher risk of getting... Read More

Lowering the Risk of Dangerous Blood Clots

— March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Month. Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein, usually in the lower leg, thigh, pelvis or arm. These blood clots can cause temporary or permanent damage to the vein where it forms. And if a blood clot breaks free and travels through the bloodstream... Read More

Coronavirus Control: How’s Your Handwashing Technique?

— It’s always a good idea to practice proper handwashing technique, and most of us know we should do it. Handwashing lowers the risk of many types of disease. But with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, there’s new emphasis on this very important way to stop the spread of the disease, which is especially dangerous for older... Read More

Remodeling the “Food Pyramid” for Seniors

— March is National Nutrition Month Many people assume the nutritional requirements of seniors are the same as those for younger adults. But a report released by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) revealed that it’s not that simple. The researchers warned, “Nutrition recommendations are usually based on that of a... Read More

Are Your Devices Making You Lazy?

— “Free” Time or Device Take-Over? By now, most of us know that getting enough exercise is vital for good health and optimal aging. More people today are at least making an effort, setting aside time several times a week to get some physical activity—a minimum of 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity exercise is a... Read More

Living With Low Vision

— Low Vision Awareness Month During the month of February, eye health experts have been observing Low Vision Awareness Month, an opportunity to highlight the many ways people with partial vision loss can preserve their independence and make the most of their remaining sight. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) describes low vision as “a visual... Read More

Protect Seniors from Lonely Hearts Scams

— February is the month when romance is in the air—so it’s also a good time to raise awareness of a common scam that takes advantage of the natural human need for love and connection. Also called “romance scams” or “dating scams,” so-called “lonely hearts scams” are centuries old. In this scam, con artists begin a... Read More

What Makes a Good Relationship? Gratitude, Say Experts.

— What Makes a Good Relationship? Gratitude, Say Experts.  Flowers? Candy? Jewelry? This Valentine’s Day, give your beloved something that will really make a difference—a genuine expression of appreciation and gratitude, not only for all that they do, but for who they are. University of California Berkeley psychologist Amie Gordon has conducted many studies on the... Read More

Brain Health: What Really Works?

— Polls show that when it comes to brain health and healthy aging, worrying about memory loss is a top concern of Americans. A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation found that nearly half of middle-age residents of the U.S. think they’re at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease... Read More

A Last-Minute Heart Health Reminder for Super Bowl Sunday

— Heart Health and Touchdowns Each year on the first Sunday in February, a lot of us settle in to watch the Super Bowl. It’s not exactly the healthiest day! We eat a lot of nachos, pizza and other fatty goods. We’re likely to drink too much beer. And while the athletes on TV are getting... Read More
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