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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

Opioid Medications Raise the Risk of Falls

— Opioid Epidemic in Older Adults You’ve no doubt read of the terrible opioid epidemic that is ruining—and taking—so many lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 40 people die each day from an overdose of opioid medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine. Experts say the average life expectancy in the... Read More

For Seniors, Mental Health Treatment Supports Physical Health

— As we grow older, we are more likely to be living with chronic health conditions. Heart disease, arthritis, vision and hearing loss, diabetes and many other illnesses all can take a toll on our quality of life, so it’s not surprising that many seniors who are living with health challenges are also dealing with depression,... Read More

Three Gym Safety Tips for 2020

— It’s a pretty common New Year’s resolution: join a gym, or if you already have a membership, spend more time there. Working out at a gym offers many health advantages, including weight control, disease management and depression-busting. Instructors teach classes and are often on the scene to be sure you are using equipment properly. Personal... Read More

A More Senior-Friendly Police Force

— Beth’s father is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beth is usually careful that he doesn’t leave the house alone, but one night she forgot to lock the door, and in the morning, Dad was gone. Should she call the police? Before she could decide, the police called her. Although Dad had quit smoking 20 years before,... Read More

Hosting the Holidays When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

— Whether your family celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other winter holidays, you are probably making plans right now for the festivities. If you are caring for a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of memory loss, some advance preparation can help things go smoothly. Before the visit If you are the family... Read More

How to Treat a Winter Cold

— It’s that time of year when our nose can be as red as Rudolph’s! Researchers have various theories about why we’re more likely to catch the common cold in the winter. One reason is that all the holiday travel and activities raise our odds of encountering those germs. What should older adults do if they... Read More
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