My last blog focused on the importance of quitting smoking at any age due to proven links with many chronic and debilitating illnesses. This past month I have been working with a new client—Bill, 67 years old and newly diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.  He had no symptoms until 3 months ago when he… Read More

Quit Smoking at Any Age

Fewer Americans are smoking these days. That’s good news! But many older adults have smoked for most of their lives. Is it possible for them to kick the habit? A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco found that even people who have smoked for many years could quit with the right support…. Read More

What About Those New Blood Pressure Recommendations?

Hypertension (commonly called high blood pressure) means that the force of blood that pushes against the walls of our arteries is too high. Your healthcare provider measures your blood pressure with a special instrument, and records systolic pressure (your blood pressure during heartbeats) and your diastolic pressure (the pressure when your heart is resting between… 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

Can Skin Care Products Really “Turn Back Aging”?

A celebrity touts the miraculous “fountain of youth” properties of an expensive face cream. A pop-up ad claims that “plastic surgeons don’t want you to know about this product that would put them out of business”! Dramatic before-and-after photos in the back of a gossip magazine show an elderly woman with a face of wrinkles,… 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

Your 2017 Guide to Long-Term Care and Long-Term Care Insurance

Hi everyone, Here is a great article on the need for long term care planning and the role of Long Term Care insurance.  Many of my clients do have a policy, but are concerned to use it, believing that the time is not right and maybe they should keep it for later, etc. What I… Read More

After Visits, Family Wonder About Alzheimer’s Disease

The holidays are over and everything is getting back to normal – except, in the back of your mind, linger some nagging worries concerning one of the elderly relatives you visited. You wonder if this loved one could be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Maybe you’ve shared your concerns with other family members, but… Read More

Holiday Tips for People With Diabetes

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… Read More

Alzheimer Spouses Benefit from Counseling and Support

November is Family Caregivers Month. Sponsored by the Caregiver Action Network (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association), this event is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers who do so much for their loved ones. This year’s theme, “Take Care to Give Care,” reminds us that caregiving can be stressful and can tax the… Read More