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November Is National Diabetes Month

November 16, 2020 — The American Diabetes Association reports that today, more than 122 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes. The association says that managing the condition is more important than ever in 2020. Diabetes raises the risk of serious complications from COVID-19—and among the 230,000 people in the U.S. who have died of COVID, 40%... Read More
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Does the End of Daylight Saving Time Make You SAD?

October 30, 2020 — Daylight saving time ends on November 1 this year. Experts often choose this date to call attention to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. While some people experience SAD during the summer months, it is much more common during late fall and the winter months when... Read More
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October Is American Pharmacists Month

October 15, 2020 — These days, pharmacists are serving a very important role in keeping people safe and healthy. In local pharmacies, in senior living communities and in hospitals, pharmacists are definitely an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic! And right now, pharmacists are offering flu shots, which are especially important this year. In 2020 and every year, pharmacists... Read More
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Clear Communication While Wearing a Face Covering

October 1, 2020 — While medical professionals have long been accustomed to wearing a mask, these days the majority of us are adjusting to mask wearing, as well. Epidemiologists continue to confirm that wearing a mask is one of the best ways to protect against COVID-19. We now know that when we wear a mask, we not only protect... Read More
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Manage Health Conditions to Reduce the Risk of Falls

September 15, 2020 — September 22, 2020 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Each year—on the first day of fall, appropriately enough—experts call attention to the serious problem of fall injuries among older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four people older than 65 will suffer a fall each year, and many of... Read More
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Watch Out for an Epidemic of Con Artists

September 1, 2020 — “Get a vaccine for coronavirus!” “Donate to the pandemic relief fund.” “Click here for some important information from the CDC.” Security experts tell us that any time there’s a nationwide emergency, con artists are quick to exploit it. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Older adults may be at higher risk of falling for these... Read More
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Are You Drinking More Alcohol These Days?

August 17, 2020 — A June 2020 post in the Alden Blog shared information to help us maintain a healthy weight and to eat well as we practice social distancing. Now, we focus on another challenge many people are facing these days: increased alcohol consumption. According to Kaiser Health News, liquor sales soared by 55% nationally in May as... Read More
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Preserving Our Sense of Purpose During the Pandemic

August 3, 2020 — Older adults are at highest risk of serious COVID-19 illness. But while social distancing is the best way to protect against exposure to the coronavirus, experts warn that it has led to an epidemic of loneliness among older adults—and many report feeling a loss of purpose in life. Everyone wants to feel as if they... Read More
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Time to Go Outside! But Protect Your Eyes.

July 15, 2020 — Most of us have been spending a lot of time indoors as we’ve been socially distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. But experts tell us that we need to get outside! Spending time outdoors provides us with vitamin D, reduces depression, improves sleep and even promotes longevity.   By now we know precautions to take as... Read More
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Enjoy Alden’s Issue of Caregiving Magazine

July 13, 2020 — The Alden Network is proud to sponsor this month’s issue of the Caregiving, a new magazine focused on “support and resources for aging loved ones.” This inaugural issue features helpful and supportive info for caregivers and seniors, including exercise tips, recipes, and news briefs, plus articles on topics such as long-term care insurance and how... Read More