Hearing Loss: How it Affects Seniors

One of the greatest—and most common—challenges seniors face is hearing loss. We don’t realize how important our hearing is until we lose it. Hearing has in impact on every aspect of life and quality of life. Here’s how hearing loos affects seniors: Social Isolation Seniors who can’t hear well tend to drop out of social…

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August: National Immunization Awareness Month

This August we’re observing National Immunization Awareness Month in conjunction with the CDC and the National Public Health Information Coalition. What are Immunizations? Also called vaccines or shots, immunizations keep us healthy by protecting us from serious diseases. This includes the flu, some kinds of pneumonia, meningitis, hepatitis, and many other illnesses. Vaccines are made…

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What Role Does Alternative Medicine Play in Health Care?

A fierce controversy rages over whether alternative therapies are legitimate or not. Advocates say alternative medicine is backed by science, has been practiced for thousands of years, and work as well as if not better than Western medicine. Opponents maintain the science is flawed, and when treatments work it’s because of the placebo effect. What’s…

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How to Choose a Skilled Nursing Facility

Choosing a skilled nursing facility for yourself or your loved one is a scary prospect. How do you know which facility will best suit your needs? Start with asking family and friends who have dealt with this. You can also get recommendations from the hospital or senior care organizations in your area. Once you’ve narrowed…

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How to Talk to Kids About Dementia

Talking about a loved one’s diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is never easy. To see Mom, Grandpa, or a beloved friend deteriorate is painful and scary. Talking about the disease makes it feel permanent and real, and we may want to avoid that if necessary. But if you have young children, they may be…

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4 Benefits of Adopting the Mediterranean Lifestyle—Even As a Senior

In the 1950s, scientist Dr. Ancel Keys discovered that poor Italians were living longer and had better health in old age than wealthy New Yorkers. He attributed this to the diet and lifestyle in that part of the world. In the Mediterranean region, the local diet consists of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains,…

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When Dementia Strikes the Young

Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that cause a progressive decline of mental function. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, intellect, and emotional intelligence. We usually associate dementia with age; in fact, age is one of the chief risk factors of dementia. But what happens when dementia develops in someone…

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Switching Roles: How to Parent your Parent

One of the strangest, and possibly most heart-breaking, aspects of aging is the role reversal that inevitably happens. As our parents age, they may lose the ability to drive, climb stairs, take care of personal hygiene, or even feed themselves. These changes can come on gradually due to declining health, or occur suddenly as the…

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Hypertension: Causes, Effects, and Treatment

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common chronic condition. Blood pressure is the measure of how forcefully your blood is pushing against your artery walls. The more blood your heart pumps out and the narrower our arteries, the higher your blood pressure. Normal blood pressure should fall at or below 120/80 mmHg. If your…

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