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The CDC Says 2016 is the Year to Quit Smoking

January 21, 2016 — If you or a loved one smokes, it’s likely that quitting made your list of New Year’s resolutions. But most smokers know that this can be one of the toughest resolutions to keep! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released some information and tips that can help. If smoking cessation was... Read More

Senior Skin Care; Winter Health

January 19, 2016 — Six Winter Skin Care Tips As we grow older, we’re more likely to experience the discomfort of dry skin. Dry skin is a common problem during the winter and its effects can be painful, causing the skin to flake, itch, crack and even bleed. Yet dermatologists say there are ways people can find relief by implementing... Read More

Did It Snow Last Night? Read This First!

January 14, 2016 — You undoubtedly know that winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and sledding have the potential to send participants to the hospital. But there’s another common snow activity that brought almost 250,000 Americans to the emergency room or doctor’s office last year: According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), snow removal offers the potential for... Read More

“Stop Those Germs” Wordfind

September 5, 2015 — Flu season is upon us! The flu can be a short-term annoyance—but it can cause serious complications and even death, and as we grow older, the risk grows as well. Influenza is just one of the many infectious diseases that can lead to serious complications in older adults, and in people of every age. Increased... Read More

Medicare Turns 50 But Big Challenges Await

August 27, 2015 — Kaiser Health News takes a look at this important program at the half-century mark. Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, has come a long way since its creation in 1965 when nearly half of all seniors were uninsured. Now the program covers 55 million people, providing insurance to one in six... Read More

Quiz: Seniors By the Numbers

July 25, 2015 — Quiz: Seniors By the Numbers How much do you know about the senior population in the U.S.? The U.S. Census Bureau knows plenty! Test your knowledge of these facts about our older Americans: 1. How many people in the U.S. are age 65 or older? a. 28.1 million b. 35.5 million c. 46.2 million d.... Read More

Making a Personal Records Inventory

July 24, 2015 — Too often we need some pieces of information when we are least able to think clearly—during an emergency, a doctor’s appointment, at the lawyer’s office, or at the hospital admitting desk, for example. To avoid confusion and a time-consuming search in situations like that, it’s a good idea to get organized ahead of time when... Read More

For Many Seniors, Good Health Is a Balancing Act

July 22, 2015 — For Many Seniors, Good Health Is a Balancing Act According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of injuries in older adults. Many of these injuries are fatal. Nearly one out of three older adults falls each year. While not all falls are caused by balance disorders, many... Read More

Banish Ticks from Your Yard

July 9, 2015 — This is the time of year when most of us enjoy spending more time outdoors. It’s also the time of year when we should be on the lookout for ticks. These unwanted insect hitchhikers are not only annoying, but can also spread a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and... Read More

Keeping Seniors Cool During Summer’s Heat

June 13, 2015 — Keeping Seniors Cool During Summer’s Heat According the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related death in the United States, causing hundreds of fatalities each year. Older adults are even more susceptible to the dangers of heat, as they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature.... Read More

Can Helping Others Protect Our Brains?

June 6, 2015 — Volunteers often receive a plaque or certificate honoring them for their service. Might they also receive an MRI showing increased brain health? Most people who volunteer say that civic engagement gives them a big mood boost and a sense of accomplishment. Now, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have shown that helping... Read More