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Avoiding Glaucoma, the “Sneak Thief of Sight”

— January Is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and if you’re a little behind in creating your New Year’s resolutions, getting an eye exam is a good one to add! According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), sponsor of this national event, more than 3 million people in America are living with some form of this disease,... Read More

Ten Bone and Joint Health Resolutions for 2019

— Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Many of us pledge to take steps to improve our health. This year might be a great one to focus on bone and joint health problems, which are among the most prevalent and debilitating health challenges Americans face. To get you started, check out these ten great... Read More

Planning Ahead for Aging Solo

— You may have heard the term “elder orphans” during the last year or two. This term was coined to describe seniors who do not have a spouse or children who can assist them as their care needs change. It’s estimated that 22 percent of older adults today fall in this category, and the number will... Read More

Five Reasons to Fight Ageism in 2019

— Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe you’ve vowed to lose weight, save money, read more books or clean the garage? We’d like to suggest another worthy resolution that could benefit you, your older loved ones, and even the young folks in the family: fighting ageism. Today, there is an increased emphasis on... Read More

Make a Holiday Food Safety List and Check It Twice

— Days before Thanksgiving this year, government agencies warned of an outbreak of Salmonella bacteria in turkey products. And were you one of the many cooks who ended up throwing away the romaine lettuce that was earmarked for the salad after the E. coli scare? These two warnings right in a row might make us alert... Read More

Helping Senior Loved Ones Feel Connected During the Holidays

— Recent studies confirm that loneliness is a serious issue for older adults today. The health impact of social isolation rivals obesity and even smoking. Loneliness raises the risk of heart disease, depression, sleep problems, stroke, hypertension and dementia, and can shorten life. The holidays are considered a time of comfort and joy, when families get... Read More

More Seniors Are Living With HIV/AIDS

— December 1 is World AIDS Day, when health agencies worldwide call attention to the fight against HIV infection, and the need to support people who are living with the HIV virus. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If not treated, it can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. There is at present no cure for HIV,... Read More

Supporting Dementia Caregivers

— It seems fitting that during November, we’ve been observing both Family Caregivers Month and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Millions of caregivers support the well-being of senior relatives. And caregivers whose loved ones are living with dementia carry an especially heavy load. The University of Michigan and the AARP recently conducted a study of people who... Read More

Diabetes Is a Family Matter

— November is the month when families traditionally get together for Thanksgiving visits — and it’s also National Family Caregiver Month. Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, November also is American Diabetes Month. So that makes this month a great time to discuss your family’s risk of diabetes. On the global level, the International Diabetes Foundation... Read More

November 4 – 11, 2018 Is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

— We see plenty of public service messages around the holidays warning us not to drink and drive. And these days, we can get a ticket if we’re caught texting or using our phone while behind the wheel. But there’s another driving hazard that’s pretty common during this time of year. Even if drivers have abstained... Read More