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What Does a Podiatrist Say About Flip-Flops?

— A casual summer staple, flip-flops are popular with men, women and kids – especially for outside activities. But before slipping on these warm weather favorites, be sure you know the appropriate way to wear this type of shoe, advises Dr. Edward Szabo, a podiatrist at Georgia Regents University. Dr. Szabo recommends the following guidelines to... Read More

Are Your Sunglasses Really Protecting Your Eyes?

— The bright summer sun sends many of us to the drugstore or a mall kiosk to buy a new pair of sunglasses. We might try on 20 pairs, checking ourselves in the mirror to see if they look great on us and make the right fashion statement. But when it comes to sunglasses, how we... Read More

Foot and Ankle Surgeons Offer Winter Safety Tips

— Brrrr! Much of the country has seen frigid and treacherous weather during the winter’s first weeks of 2018. It’s so important for seniors to take precautions to avoid cold-related illness and injury. Maybe you put on a warm coat and a hat—but what about your feet? Older adults are at higher risk of falling, and... Read More

The 4 Red Flags for Aging Adults During the Holidays

— Holidays are occasions that many of us spend with family, whether we live down the block or across the country. For those with aging parents or loved ones, these visits are an important time to take stock amidst the hustle and bustle, and to make plans. The Aging Life Care Association® has offered the following... Read More

Top Five Reasons Seniors Should Get a Flu Shot

— December 3–9, 2017 is National Influenza Vaccination Week Every year around this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sends out a renewed call for most Americans to be immunized against the seasonal flu. Even though the general recommendation is to get your Flu shot as soon as it’s available, usually during October,... Read More

Falls Raise a Senior’s Risk of a Car Accident

— September 22, 2017 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a great time to learn about the surprising relationship between two leading causes of injuries in older adults. Falls and car accidents are two common causes of serious injuries in older adults, and can lead to disability, loss of independence and even death. Experts note that certain... Read More

Elder Care Planning Is Like Hurricane Planning

— By: Barbara L. Spangenberg,  Elder Care Coordinator Having just weathered Hurricane Harvey, I am struck by the similarities of the emergency planning process – and how it relates to care planning for our aging parents.  My 95-year-old mom learned about planning through her own disasters: she had 20 minutes to plan a San Diego wildfire... Read More

Four Myths About Seniors and Oral Health

— As we grow older, tooth and gum problems are more common. Some seniors think it’s inevitable that they’ll lose some or all of their teeth, or have chronic gum disease. But good oral hygiene and oral care lowers the risk of dental problems—so important because we know today that poor oral health is linked with... Read More

Help Seniors Break the Cycle of Poor Health and Loneliness

— Loneliness is a serious health problem for older adults. Studies over the past decade have found that feeling isolated can cause depression, raise our blood pressure, suppress our immune system, hasten the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, and increase the perception of pain. Lonely people are less likely to exercise or eat a nutritious diet. A... Read More

Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Brain

— As we grow older, we tend to worry about our memory and thinking. We hear so much about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, and chances are we have friends and loved ones who have been touched by one of these conditions. Some people even believe that memory loss is inevitable—that they will surely become “senile”... Read More