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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

Seven Great Reasons Seniors Should Add More Music to Their Lives

— 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

Making an Emergency Preparation Plan? Don’t Forget Heat Waves!

— This is the time of year when our attention turns to natural disasters. The U.S. has already experienced our first hurricane this year. Summer brings tornadoes throughout the nation’s midsection. And a series of earthquakes recently struck the West. Time to make our emergency preparation kit and plan our evacuation route, just in case! But... Read More

Study Urges Doctors to Consider “Symptom Burden” in Older Patients

— Larry went to the doctor because his knee pain was worsening. The doctor ordered x-rays and increased Larry’s dose of anti-inflammatory medication. Larry never mentioned to the doctor that he had been feeling depressed lately, and that he’d been having trouble sleeping … yet both of those things can increase sensations of pain. And in... Read More

Babysitting the Grandkids This Summer?

— Working parents scramble to find childcare once school is out. Maybe you are babysitting your grandchildren during summer vacation. Maybe they’ve come for an extended visit? Or maybe it’s business as usual if your grandkids are part of the 25% whose grandparents provide childcare all year long? Studies show caring for grandkids provides many healthy... Read More

Oral Health: It’s Not Just About a Nice Smile

— June Is Oral Health Month Our teeth and gums change as we grow older. Years of wear and tear take a toll, often causing thinning enamel and broken or lost teeth. Teeth with repairs such as crowns, fillings and root canals are less hardy. As gums recede, sensitive areas of the teeth not covered by... Read More

Meeting the Needs of LGBT Seniors With Dementia

— This month, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This recognition takes place in June to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, an event that is symbolic of the ongoing battle for LGBT rights. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic event, many members of that... Read More

Surprising Things That Can Damage Our Hearing

— May is Better Speech and Hearing Month—a great time to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our ears. Recent studies confirm that hearing loss can lead to: Social isolation Depression Falls and other injuries Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease Economic instability Hearing loss is often due to changes in our ears as we grow... Read More

Ten Important Questions About Advance Health Care Directives

— Have you created health care directives? If you haven’t, or you aren’t sure your documents are up to date, here some questions you might have. Why should people express their wishes about health care? Isn’t that for their doctor to decide? Today’s health care technologies are pretty amazing. They can keep us alive even if... Read More

Seniors and Their Furry, Feathered and Finned Companions

— The U.S. Census Bureau says that 68 percent of U.S. households today have a pet, and pets are a $15 billion industry. Most of us love being around animals—and many research studies show that owning a pet is beneficial for seniors. Here are some of the ways pets improve the well-being of older adults: Social... Read More

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