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Fourth of July Safety Precautions From Medical Experts

— In 2020 and 2021, many communities cut back or cancelled their Independence Day celebrations. Public safety experts reported that in the absence of traditional public fireworks displays, more people decided to put on their own amateur shows—and this resulted in an increase in injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year thousands of... Read More

If a Relative Has Alzheimer’s Disease, Am I at Risk?

— Today nearly six million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 16 million others are providing care for them. Most often, these caregivers are close relatives, and they often express concern about whether they, too, will experience memory loss as they grow older. They are right to consider this. Studies... Read More

Storms, Floods & Other Disasters: Don’t Worry, Be Ready

— If you live in Houston, you’ve probably heard that hurricane season is upon us. And you know what that means, especially if you have an older family member’s welfare to consider. It’s time to prepare. Whether your loved one lives alone, in a care facility, or in your own home, there’s a lot to be done to keep your family as safe as possible. Each... Read More

Spending Time in Nature Provides a Health Boost for Older Adults

— During the pandemic, many people quarantined in their homes and didn’t go out as much. On the other hand, public health experts told us that socializing outdoors was much safer than inside. Events from weddings to family nursing home visits to church services migrated outdoors as weather permitted. If you or an older loved one... Read More

Telehealth Tips for Older Adults

— The Benefits of Telehealth Even before the pandemic, the use of telehealth was growing—popular mostly among younger patients. But by the end of 2020, many seniors also had warmed up to telehealth, seeing their doctors online from the comfort and safety of their own home or senior living community. Studies confirm the rapid increase in... Read More

Controlling High Blood Pressure Is Good for the Brain

— During May, Elder Advisory Group has joined in celebrating National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Here is an important reason to learn more about hypertension. Why do older adults experience memory and thinking problems? For years, the assumption was that most dementia was caused by Alzheimer’s disease. But more recent research using advanced brain imaging... Read More

Sleep Lessons from Our Ancestors

— With all the advances of modern medical science, it can still be useful to look at the health practices of our species over time. We evolved in a far different environment than most of us live in today, and our brains and bodies may not have caught up yet. Sleep has been deeply impacted by... Read More

Why Smart Aging Takes Smart Caregiving

— For the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the growing challenges facing caregivers across generations. The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP’s recently released Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 reveal an increase of 9.5 million in the number of family caregivers in the United States from 2015 to 2020. As... Read More

A Healthy Financial Life is Key to Aging

— May is Aging Life Care/Older Americans Month. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned over many years of experience as an Aging Life Care® Professional, our profession is always evolving. I recently attended the Aging Life Care Association Conference in Florida. It’s an annual gathering of like-minded professionals and a wonderful opportunity to learn about... Read More

5 Ways Hearing Loss Raises the Risk of Dementia

—   Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK recently shared a startling statistic: Epidemiological studies show that untreated hearing loss is responsible for 10% of all cases of dementia. For some time, scientists have studied this connection. Research shows that certain underlying causes can cause both dementia and hearing loss. But in many cases, hearing... Read More
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