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More Seniors Are Living With HIV/AIDS

— December 1 is World AIDS Day, when health agencies worldwide call attention to the fight against HIV infection, and the need to support people who are living with the HIV virus. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If not treated, it can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. There is at present no cure for HIV,... Read More

Food Safety in the Great Outdoors

— Summer is here at last! Are you planning to go camping, fishing, hiking or boating? Or maybe an all-day picnic? We all want to be safe during outdoor adventures. Maybe we worry about bears, or pests such as mosquitoes and ants. We shouldn’t forget that some of the most dangerous outdoor critters are invisible—bacteria and... Read More

In May, We Celebrate Healthy Vision Month

— Each year, the National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the National Institutes of Health, celebrates Healthy Vision Month, a time to call attention to the importance of taking care of our eyesight. This year’s theme is “Make Vision a Focus,” emphasizing that while many Americans seek regular health and dental care, they may fail to... Read More

Spring Is Here! Time to Get Into Nature!

— After a particularly brutal winter, those of us who live in cooler climates are happily venturing outside to soak up some sunshine and smell the flowers. This is a great idea for people of every age, and especially for older adults, who may need to make a little extra effort to get out among trees,... Read More

Seniors and Epilepsy

— November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Each year, the National Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) sponsors this recognition date to call attention to this brain disorder, which causes an interruption in normal function resulting in seizures. There are many types of seizures. In some types, a person might fall to the ground and experience stiffened muscles, jerks... Read More

Holiday Tips for People With Diabetes

— November is National Diabetes Month. Is it ironic or intentional that this recognition should fall at the beginning of the holiday season, when temptations abound, and travel disrupts our care routine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying holiday celebrations and travel. With some planning... 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

September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

— Established in 2008 by The AIDS Institute, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is an opportunity to dispel the myth that HIV/AIDS is a disease exclusive to younger people. It is an opportunity to encourage older adults to be tested for the virus, and to learn how to avoid contracting or spreading it. According to... Read More

Get On Up! Avoiding the Harm of an Inactive Lifestyle

— Researchers from University of Copenhagen wanted to learn more about the effects of inactivity. In a recent study, they had a group of men wear a leg pad that caused them to be highly inactive for two weeks. The startling results: After only two weeks, young test subjects lost a third of their muscle strength,... Read More

Wildfires Endanger Seniors, Even From a Distance

— Wildfires have raged in most of the western states and elsewhere this year. Arizona, California and Colorado have been particularly hard hit, and north of the border, the monumental Fort MacMurray fire in Alberta destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. And while wildfire is a part of nature, shaping ecosystems and renewing the land, government... Read More
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