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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

Healthy Sleep for Healthy Aging

— March 10-16, 2019 Is National Sleep Awareness Week It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to experience a period wakefulness in the middle of the night. Maybe we wake up... Read More

The Mediterranean Diet Continues to Get High Marks

— March is National Nutrition Month—a great time to think about improving our dietary habits. Here’s a great way to start. For years, cardiovascular experts have endorsed the now well-known Mediterranean diet. Speaking for the Society for Vascular Surgery, Dr. C. Keith Ozaki notes, “There are components of the Mediterranean diet that are good for the... Read More

From Sitting to Moving … Make the Switch!

— Most of us know that exercise is a top factor in keeping us healthy as we grow older. Yet many well-intentioned, health-conscious older adults are unaware that even if they work out regularly, their health can still be harmed if they spend the rest of the day sitting around, whether it’s surfing the web while... Read More

Legal Issues Related With Alzheimer’s Disease

— In the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a senior and their family may be in denial, chalking up memory lapses and personality changes to “just getting older.” A recent study from Johns Hopkins Medicine revealed that over half of people with dementia have never been diagnosed, or told about their diagnosis! But we shouldn’t bury... Read More

Noise Pollution Can Harm Our Hearts

— By now, most people are aware that air pollution is very bad for our health. The carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, sulfur oxides and ozone from motor vehicles, power plants and factories all damage our hearts, lungs and brains. Yet we might be unaware of another danger lurking in the air around us: noise pollution.... Read More

“I Quit Smoking … But Now I’m Gaining Weight!”

— One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to quit smoking. A month into 2019, a certain percentage of smokers who resolved to become former smokers are still sticking with it. But some report that during January, they seem to have gained a few pounds. This is a common but frustrating turn of events... Read More

Warn Older Adults About Home Security System Scams

— Today it seems like we are all a little more “tuned in” to crime in our neighborhoods. Our local Facebook group, Nextdoor other local blogs alert neighbors to every car prowl, break-in and porch package theft that happens. Older adults can be the most vulnerable to these crimes, and are often also the most fearful.... Read More

Expanding the Life Space of Older Adults

— Some of the changes that age brings can tempt us to spend more time at home. Visual impairment, hearing loss, mobility challenges and memory problems can make it unsafe for us to drive. We might feel less confident when we’re out and about, fearing that we will fall or get lost. Gradually we develop a... Read More

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