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A New Tool for Heart Health

January 26, 2016 — As part of February’s American Heart Month, the American Heart Association launched a new campaign, Life’s Simple 7, which includes the My Life Check quiz that consumers can use to quickly ascertain their risk level for developing heart failure, a condition in which the heart is weakened, reducing blood flow to the body. The interactive... Read More

Beyond the Food Pyramid

January 24, 2016 — What You Should Know About the New Government Nutritional Recommendations During the first week of January 2016, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack released updated nutritional guidelines for Americans, reflecting the latest science-based recommendations on diet. What should consumers know? The Office of Disease Prevention and... Read More

Learning About Hospice Should Begin Long Before You Are Sick

October 15, 2015 — By Caroline E. Mayer, Kaiser Health News As a consultant who counsels families on end-of-life care management, Johanna Turner often shares the story of her mother’s final days 21 years ago. Thanks to the skilled and loving care provided by a local hospice, Turner was able to keep her promise to let her mother die... Read More

Target Your Healthy Weight This Fall

September 22, 2015 — Many of us go on a diet as summer approaches. Swimsuits alone are a good motivator to shed some fat. On the other hand, there are all those picnics, barbecues and vacation fare…many of us step on the scale come September only to find that we didn’t lose an ounce, and perhaps picked up a... Read More

AARP Launches Free Educational Resource to Get Seniors Online

September 20, 2015 — You have probably heard about the “digital divide”—the line between the technology communication haves and haves nots. Today, more seniors are using the internet and social media than ever before, but this population group still lags behind others, and this can mean that older adults are out of the loop when it comes to social... Read More

When a Senior is Injured, Call the Geriatrician

September 17, 2015 — September is Healthy Aging Month—a great time to focus on ways to keep seniors active and engaged! Exercise and getting out and about into the community are so important for senior well-being. But, with physical activity comes a risk of injury from falls and other accidents. The majority of fall injuries take place in a... Read More

September 2015 is the First Annual Go4Life Month

September 1, 2015 — Once each decade for the last 50 years, the White House Conference on Aging has been held to examine the pressing issues of our nation’s older adults. During the July 2015 conference, special attention was paid to promoting healthy aging. The conference highlighted five ways our nation’s support systems can support people as they grow... Read More

Study Finds EMTs Are on the Forefront of End-of-Life Care

August 22, 2015 — Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are trained to save lives. But they sometimes enter situations where a dying patient’s end-of-life wishes contradict their professional code. What do they do when faced with someone who is imminently dying and whose pre-hospital order is “do not resuscitate”? Until recently, the dynamics of that environment were a... Read More

Take the Plunge! Water Exercise Is a Great Choice for Seniors

August 20, 2015 — We all know that exercise is necessary to keep the body and mind in peak working condition. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), staying physically active can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities. But as we grow older, exercise can become more challenging due to physical limitations such as joint pain,... Read More

Why Don’t Seniors Get Their Shots?

August 16, 2015 — August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the week of August 16–22 focuses on adult vaccinations. The National Public Health Information Coalition sponsors this event to call attention to the importance of immunizations for adults. Their “Vaccines are not just for kids” campaign reminds us that seniors in particular are at higher risk of serious... Read More

New Insights into the Health Damage of Loneliness

August 13, 2015 — For years, researchers have confirmed the negative health effects of loneliness. Social isolation raises the risk of depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and a host of other health conditions that decrease both the length and the quality of our lives. University of Chicago’s Dr. John Cacioppo even says, “Chronic loneliness belongs among other health... Read More

Nurturing Your Spirit in the Later Years

August 6, 2015 — Nurturing Your Spirit in the Later Years Several studies over the past few years have shown that as we grow older, we benefit from thinking about higher things such as beauty, the meaning of life, the things that connect us, our place in the world—in short, the quality that is often referred to as “spirituality.”... Read More