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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

Don’t Fall for “Disaster Fraud”

— Steve saw Mom at her computer with her credit card out. “What are you doing?” he asked. Mom had a sad look on her face. “I’m making a donation to a charity that’s helping the Christians who are being persecuted by ISIS,” she said. Steve looked at the email Mom had received; the sender had... Read More

Quit Smoking, Houston!

— Today is the day to quit smoking!   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released some information and tips that can help. Quitting “Cold Turkey” might work, but it’s best to have a plan Develop a Quit Plan Planning ahead is a major part of successfully quitting smoking. Smokefree.gov offers details on how to... Read More

Seniors vs. Norovirus

— It’s winter and that means the perfect environment for gastrointenstinal illnesses.  Those suffering from the unpleasant symptoms sometimes report that they have a case of the “stomach flu,” but this term really isn’t accurate; “the flu” refers to respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The most likely culprit in these illnesses is a class of... Read More

Flu Shots For Others May Guard Seniors

— A recent study suggests that healthy adults who receive the flu vaccine may help protect older and at-risk adults while protecting themselves, too. Healthy adults who get the flu vaccine may help protect not only themselves but also older adults in their community at higher risk for serious complications from influenza, suggest findings from a... Read More

Older Americans Month 2015: “Get Into the Act”

— Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and... Read More
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