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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

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

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

Pet Safety for Older Adults

— A February 2022 study from the University of Florida showed that when it comes to your memory health, your dog is indeed a very good boy! For that matter, your feline friends and even fish and turtles provide a brain boost. Sociology doctoral candidate Jennifer Applebaum led the study of 1,300 seniors, which found that... Read More

Could My Loved One Have a Gambling Disorder?

— March was Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the recognition week seeks to educate the public about gambling addiction, and help that is available. Problem gambling—also referred to as gambling disorders or gambling addiction—happen when a person becomes obsessed with gambling and has an uncontrollable urge to keep... Read More