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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

Arthritis and Rainy Weather: Is There a Connection?

— April showers bring May flowers…and according to an old belief, they also bring a worsening of arthritis. Some people even claim they can predict rain when their joints ache. But is that true, or a myth? May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so let’s take a look at some recent research on that topic. “The... Read More

Does the Woodstock Generation Have a Drug Problem?

— Timothy Leary’s “turn on, tune in, drop out” … hippies passing around a joint at a music festival … rock bands taking drug-fueled “trips.” That’s the stereotype of the baby boomers, and several studies from 2022 suggest that many members of the generation—people born from 1946 to 1964—have not given up illicit drug use, most... Read More

Personalized Care: What Every Older Adult Wants and Deserves

— Over the past two years, doctor visits certainly have changed. Virtual calls and online communications are now as common as traditional office visits. The shift may be convenient, but for older adults, it’s not always easy to adapt to this new way of interacting. And when doctor visits of any kind typically last only a... Read More

Does Aging Mean We Should Slow Down? Evolution Says No!

— The old cliché is that older adults should take it easy—maybe even take to their rocking chairs. Today, we know how wrong that is! “It’s a widespread idea in Western societies that as we get older, it’s normal to slow down, do less, and retire,” said Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel E. Lieberman. In fact, he said,... Read More
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