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Family Caregivers Should Consider Their Own Nutritional Needs

— During November, we have been celebrating National Family Caregivers Month. The year 2020 has certainly been a challenging one for the many family members and friends who are providing care for an older or disabled loved one! Whether their loved one lives with them, or in a senior living community, or independently, the workload of... Read More

ER Physicians Offer Thanksgiving Safety Tips

— How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year? For many Americans, the usual traditions will be replaced with alternative plans but Thanksgiving safety tips are not alternatives to prior years. To keep older loved ones safe, virtual visits might replace trips “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house.” Celebrating in a smaller... Read More

To Create Memories, Put Down Your Camera and Pick up a Pen!

— Our Current Digital Reality These days, more and more people have a smartphone—and most of those phones come equipped with a camera. It’s become our impulse to whip out our phone or digital camera to take a photo of anything interesting we see. But a number of experts say that relying on our devices to... Read More

Pandemic Precautions Challenge Those With Hearing Loss

— October is National Audiology Awareness Month, and audiologists recently shared some important warnings for people who are living with hearing loss. Audiologists are health care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss. They prescribe and fit hearing aids and other devices. The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) recently reported that seniors who use... Read More

What Is Prehabilitation?

— After surgery or another medical procedure, patients often take part in a rehabilitation program to help them achieve optimal healing and function. Rehab helps them build their muscles, regain function, and cope with the emotional and cognitive aspects of recovery. But what about before surgery? Experts report that there’s a lot of beneficial preparation patients can do... Read More

October Is National Depression Awareness Month

— Each year during this month, experts call attention to the serious impact depression has on health and well-being. In 2020, this is more of an issue than ever! A number of studies have found that the pandemic and its results have raised the rate of depression. According to University of Arkansas research, “The COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

Pain Insights That Are Especially Relevant Today

— Pain isn’t “all in your head,” as some people dismissively say. However, the way we think about our pain can make a big difference! In August 2020, a research team from Penn State University Center for Healthy Aging published a study on pain “catastrophizing.” They defined “catastrophizing” as “feeling an exaggerated helplessness or hopelessness” about... Read More

Emergency Preparation Plans Need Adjusting During 2020

— Each year during National Preparedness Month, we are reminded of steps for keeping safe during natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and extreme heat—along with power outages, fires, explosions, and other manmade emergencies. In previous years, few of us paid much attention to another item that also appears on the list of... Read More
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