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Resolve to Save Energy—and Money—in 2017

Was “save money” on your list of New Year’s resolutions this year? There are all sorts of ways to spend less that can that add up to big savings—and one of those things can benefit not only our wallet, but also the environment. […]

By |February 1st, 2017|Elder Care|Comments Off on Resolve to Save Energy—and Money—in 2017

Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Brain

As we grow older, we tend to worry about our memory and thinking. We hear so much about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, and chances are we have friends and loved ones who have been touched by one of these conditions. Some people even believe that memory loss is inevitable—that they will surely become “senile” in their later years. This couldn’t be farther from the truth for most of us. Sharpness of memory varies from individual to individual. Genes are a factor—by some accounts, about 30 percent of our memory health is hereditary. But the other two-thirds of memory wellness might well be within our control, say experts. […]

By |December 7th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Brain

Should Seniors Mix Medications and Martinis?

Many people enjoy a cocktail at the end of the day, a beer after exercise, or a glass of wine with dinner. For the most part, moderate drinking is harmless, and might even offer some health benefits. But sometimes, imbibing is unwise and even dangerous. […]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Elder Care, Home Health Care|Comments Off on Should Seniors Mix Medications and Martinis?

Holiday Tips for People With Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. Is it ironic or intentional that this recognition should fall at the beginning of the holiday season, when temptations abound, and travel disrupts our care routine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying holiday celebrations and travel. With some planning and a little work, you can stay healthy on the road and at holiday gatherings with friends and family. […]

By |November 9th, 2016|Elder Care, health|Comments Off on Holiday Tips for People With Diabetes

Don’t Fall for Disaster Fraud

Steve saw Mom at her computer with her credit card out. “What are you doing?” he asked. Mom had a sad look on her face. “I’m making a donation to a charity that’s helping the Christians who are being persecuted by ISIS,” she said. Steve looked at the email Mom had received; the sender had a Gmail account and the poorly written appeal for money linked out to a CNN news report on YouTube. “Mom, this is a fraud scam,” said Steve. “But I want to help!” said Mom. […]

By |October 19th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on Don’t Fall for Disaster Fraud

Avoiding the Harm of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Researchers from University of Copenhagen wanted to learn more about the effects of being sedentary. In a recent study, they had a group of men wear a leg pad that caused them to be highly inactive for two weeks. The startling results: After only two weeks, young test subjects lost a third of their muscle strength, leaving them, as the researchers reported, “on a par with a person who is 40 to 50 years their senior.” Older test subjects lost less muscle mass, but they could ill afford to lose it! Said researcher Martin Gram, “Even though older people lose less muscle mass and their level of fitness is reduced slightly less than in young people, the loss of muscle mass is presumably more critical for older people, because it is likely to have a greater impact on their general health and quality of life.” […]

By |October 5th, 2016|Elder Care, Home Health Care|Comments Off on Avoiding the Harm of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Keeping Nursing Home Residents Connected

As we age, our ability to maintain social relationships may wane. Friends and loved ones pass away, health issues may isolate us, and physical limitations may make it difficult to go out and meet people. […]

By |September 7th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on Keeping Nursing Home Residents Connected
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Talking With Your Loved One About Incontinence

Seniors who are experiencing urinary incontinence often feel all alone. But they are not. Though the topic seldom comes up in conversation, it affects more than half of women past the age of menopause, and also affects many senior men. According to the American College of Physicians (ACP), over $20 billion per year is spent on incontinence, and it accounts for 6 percent of nursing home admissions. […]

By |July 27th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on Talking With Your Loved One About Incontinence
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National Institutes of Health Highlights the Benefits of Gardening

Have you started your summer garden yet? In a recent issue of NIH News in Health, the National Institutes of Health shared some information that might motivate you to rush right down to the nursery to pick up some seeds, seedlings and gardening tools! Is there anything more delicious and nutritious than vine-ripened tomatoes, just-harvested peaches and corn, or fresh herbs and spices? Growing your own edible plants—whether in a backyard garden or a few pots on your windowsill—can be fun, rewarding, and healthful. If you share your garden’s bounty with friends and neighbors, you might even expand your social connections and spread the health around. […]

By |July 13th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on National Institutes of Health Highlights the Benefits of Gardening

Strength Training: Do Elastic Bands Work?

Strength training is an important component of a senior exercise program, helping older adults avoid age-related muscle loss, bone loss, and loss of flexibility. Lifting weights and using machines both provide benefits, but many seniors prefer to use resistance bands. Do these stretchy implements provide a good workout? Yes, if you use them correctly, say experts from The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR): […]

By |May 25th, 2016|Elder Care|Comments Off on Strength Training: Do Elastic Bands Work?