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November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

— Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. Every year in this country, about 218,000 cases are diagnosed, and about 150,000 people die of lung cancer. What are the symptoms? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some people have symptoms related... Read More

Give Your Thanksgiving Plate a Healthy Makeover

— Every year, families get together on the fourth Thursday of November to catch up on their lives and to reflect on the things in their lives for which they are grateful. But let’s cut to the chase. For most of us, Thanksgiving is all about the feast! The roasted turkey with our favorite stuffing—or stuffings,... Read More

Managing and Preventing the Complications of Diabetes

— November is National Diabetes Month. This year’s theme is “Take Diabetes to Heart,” reflecting the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is only one of the health problems made worse by diabetes. Read our Holiday Tips for People With Diabetes during this holiday season.  More than 30 million people in the U.S. are... Read More

Avoiding “Elderspeak”: Respectful Communication with Older Adults

— A nurse comes into a senior patient’s room and says, “Are we ready for a shower?” “How are you today, young lady?” says a senior care aide says to a 90-year-old resident. A volunteer at an adult day center watches participants at a Senior Prom event and exclaims, “Aren’t they just adorable?” If you’re a... Read More

Do Your Brain a Favor & Defeat Social Isolation

— Much recent research has shed light on what’s been called an “epidemic” of loneliness among seniors. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that 25% of older adults reported feeling lonely. We know that loneliness is a health problem—experts have called it “as bad for our health as smoking or obesity.” In particular,... Read More

Preventing Suicide Among Older Adults

— September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Suicide among younger people receives a lot of media attention. But did you know that the suicide rate is highest among older adults? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47,173 people in the U.S. took their lives in 2017, and 8,568 of them were older... Read More

For a Younger Brain, Eat More Leafy Greens

— Is your garden still going strong? Maybe you walk by the local farmers market every week, but never stop in? Or maybe you speed through the produce section at your grocery store, grabbing only a few oranges and bananas and completely ignoring the colorful palette of leafy greens we can buy these days? Here’s some... Read More

Hospital Delirium: What Senior Patients and Families Should Know

— A senior goes in for a routine surgery and afterward, family are dismayed to see that their loved one isn’t themselves at all! Their loved one might be agitated, confused, or barely awake. They might not know where they are, or even recognize family members. Their loved one is most likely experiencing delirium, a sudden,... Read More

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

— Every year, this national observance is held to call attention to the need for vaccinations for people of all ages. Some people think that immunizations are just for children, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Vaccines protect us from harmful diseases throughout life—and older adults are often at higher risk of contracting these... Read More

The Seven Biggest Benefits for Music to Older Adults

— Every human culture has a musical tradition. Why do we love music? If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that among all the many noises in the world, we perceive certain tones, patterns and intervals as “music”? Brain scientists continue to study this uniquely human mystery, and now they are even using advanced imaging... Read More
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