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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

Healthy Sleep for Healthy Aging

— It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to experience a period wakefulness in the middle of the night. Maybe we wake up at 4 a.m., and lie awake until dawn.... Read More

The Mediterranean Diet Continues to Get High Marks

— March is National Nutrition Month—a great time to think about improving our dietary habits. Here’s a great way to start. For years, cardiovascular experts have endorsed the now well-known Mediterranean diet. Speaking for the Society for Vascular Surgery, Dr. C. Keith Ozaki notes, “There are components of the Mediterranean diet that are good for the... Read More

Healthy Sleep for Healthy Aging

— It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to experience a period wakefulness in the middle of the night. Maybe we wake up at 4 a.m., and lie awake until dawn.... Read More

Planning Ahead for Aging Solo

— You may have heard the term “elder orphans” during the last year or two. This term was coined to describe seniors who do not have a spouse or children who can assist them as their care needs change. It’s estimated that 22 percent of older adults today fall in this category, and the number will... Read More

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