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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

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

Warn Senior Loved Ones About Fake IRS Calls

October 17, 2015 — Your elderly parent receives a threatening phone call, voice mail, email, or official-looking letter that claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The agent says that your loved one owes back taxes, and must pay right away or go to jail. That can be a frightening moment, and it’s happening to more 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

Fall is Here—Time for Your Vacation!

September 24, 2015 — Travel tips for seniors One of the benefits of being retired is the ability to get up and go anytime you want. This flexibility can be a real asset when planning a vacation. You can avoid summer crowds and heat, everywhere from a local destination to Yellowstone National Park to Europe – while saving some... Read More

U.S., China Share Caregiving Challenges

September 22, 2015 — The economic situation in China has been making the headlines for the last few months. Not as frequently mentioned is another growing crisis in China that is in many respects similar to our challenges in the U.S.: the growing senior population and accompanying caregiver crunch. When we think of elder care in that nation, most... 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