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Scam Alert: Con Artists Prey on COVID-19 Fears

— From natural disasters to world disturbances, any time there is big news that worries people, con artists are quick to capitalize on our fears and concerns. We haven’t seen a more concerning current event than the COVID-19 pandemic in many years—and no sooner did the word “coronavirus” appear in the headlines than fraudsters unleashed their... Read More

13 Ways to Beat Depression During the Pandemic

— When we’re experiencing an emotionally distressing time, so often we turn to others. But as the coronavirus epidemic continues, many of the traditional ways we seek comfort are unavailable to us. A hug from a loved one or stranger, a get-together to discuss our grief and worries over coffee, a spontaneous gathering to light candles... Read More

How’s Your Handwashing Technique?

— It’s always a good idea to practice proper handwashing technique, and most of us know we should do it. Handwashing lowers the risk of many types of disease. But with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, there’s new emphasis on this very important way to stop the spread of the disease, which is especially dangerous for older... Read More

Remodeling the “Food Pyramid” for Seniors

— Many people assume the nutritional requirements of seniors are the same as those for younger adults. But a report released by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) revealed that it’s not that simple. The researchers warned, “Nutrition recommendations are usually based on that of a typical healthy adult, and fail... Read More

Are Your Devices Making You Lazy?

— By now, most of us know that getting enough exercise is vital for good health and optimal aging. More people today are at least making an effort, setting aside time several times a week to get some physical activity—a minimum of 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity exercise is a good rule of thumb for... Read More

Brain Health: What Really Works?

— Polls show that when it comes to aging, worrying about memory loss is a top concern of Americans. A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation found that nearly half of middle-age residents of the U.S. think they’re at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or another type of... Read More

A More Senior-Friendly Police Force

— Beth’s father is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beth is usually careful that he doesn’t leave the house alone, but one night she forgot to lock the door, and in the morning, Dad was gone. Should she call the police? Before she could decide, the police called her. Although Dad had quit smoking 20 years before,... Read More

Opioid Medications Raise the Risk of Falls

— You’ve no doubt read of the terrible opioid epidemic that is ruining—and taking—so many lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 40 people die each day from an overdose of opioid medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine. Experts say the average life expectancy in the U.S. has even dropped slightly... Read More

For Seniors, Mental Health Treatment Supports Physical Health

— As we grow older, we are more likely to be living with chronic health conditions. Heart disease, arthritis, vision and hearing loss, diabetes and many other illnesses all can take a toll on our quality of life, so it’s not surprising that many seniors who are living with health challenges are also dealing with depression,... Read More

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