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Protecting Seniors During Natural Disasters

— Natural disasters are devastating. They cost lives. They cost communities. They cost money. But they are particularly deadly for seniors. Gustavo E. Flores, M.D., a member of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Emergency Cardiovascular Care committee, explains, “During and after a storm, many people experience extreme stress and trauma, which research shows can lead to... Read More

Understanding End-of-Life Setting Options

— If you could choose where you wanted to spend your final days, where would that be? Whatever the preference or circumstances of someone who is nearing the end of their life, understanding the care setting options is key to creating a plan that helps ensure the greatest comfort for the individual and their family. At... Read More

Which Foods Are Good for Brain Health?

— A miracle brain power supplement? Superfood capsules? Herbal shakes with mysterious “cognitive health” enzymes? If you watch TV or go on the internet or read magazines, you are likely bombarded with commercials for products claiming to protect the memory and stave off dementia, even to “boost brain power.” Then there are nutrition “experts” who make... Read More

Safe Airline Travel for Older Adults

— During the pandemic, a large majority of older adults cancelled their travel plans. But, reports the AARP, many are planning to get back on the road—or in the air—during the summer of 2022. Having skipped vacations during the first two years of the pandemic, they’re ready to travel for pleasure or to visit family. University... Read More

8 Stress-Busting Tasks for Family Caregivers

— During the pandemic, the role of family caregivers has increased, experts report. Caring relatives and friends have spent many hours keeping older loved ones safe, providing hands-on care, transportation, shopping for their loved ones, and doing what they could to support elders in senior living communities during quarantine. They’ve even been providing more tech support... Read More

If a Relative Has Alzheimer’s Disease, Am I at Risk?

— Today nearly six million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 16 million others are providing care for them. Most often, these caregivers are close relatives, and they often express concern about whether they, too, will experience memory loss as they grow older. They are right to consider this. Studies... Read More

Fourth of July Safety Precautions From Medical Experts

— In 2020 and 2021, many communities cut back or cancelled their Independence Day celebrations. Public safety experts reported that in the absence of traditional public fireworks displays, more people decided to put on their own amateur shows—and this resulted in an increase in injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year thousands of... Read More

Controlling High Blood Pressure Is Good for the Brain

— Why do older adults experience memory and thinking problems? For years, the assumption was that most dementia was caused by Alzheimer’s disease. But more recent research using advanced brain imaging and large collections of data has shown that it’s not that simple. A study of 1,100 older adults released by the U.S. Department of Veterans... Read More

8 Questions to Ask Before Hospital Discharge

— The American Academy of Family Physicians recently reported that during the past two years, many patients have put off their medical care—a “side effect of the pandemic,” they call this delay. Hospitals were often overwhelmed, as well, creating another reason some care was postponed. But now, patients are once again urged to schedule elective surgeries,... Read More

Arthritis and Rainy Weather: Is There a Connection?

— April showers bring May flowers…and according to an old belief, they also bring a worsening of arthritis. Some people even claim they can predict rain when their joints ache. But is that true, or a myth? May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so let’s take a look at some recent research on that topic. “The... Read More

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