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September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 1, 2021 — Experts report that depression, stress and anxiety people have been experiencing during the pandemic have led to an increase in suicide attempts. And according to the University of Southern California School of Gerontology, while older adults make up 12% of the population, they account for more than 18% of deaths by suicide. Suicide is more... Read More
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Eight Fall Risks You Might Not Know About

August 16, 2021 — Experts from the University of Michigan recently noted an increase in falls among older adults during the pandemic. This isn’t surprising. It’s been harder to stay in shape when a lot of our usual exercise opportunities have been inaccessible. And when it comes to navigating spaces, experts say we need to stay in practice. This... Read More
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How Does Our Sense of Smell Change With Age?

August 2, 2021 — When we think of sensory impairment in older adults, most of us think of problems with vision and hearing. This is understandable. Visual impairment and hearing loss can have a major negative impact on the physical, emotional and cognitive well-being of older adults. But as we grow older, we can experience changes in our sense... Read More
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Mom Lives Far Away and Needs Help. Now What?

July 15, 2021 — As more people in our area are receiving their COVID vaccines, it’s safer for people to visit their older loved ones, and many are traveling across the country to do that for the first time in many months. Experts report that many of these families have discovered that their parents, grandparents or other older relatives... Read More
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Experts Offer Tips for Safer, Healthier Grilling

July 1, 2021 — Are you planning a Fourth of July barbecue? Grilling is an American tradition. And as the pandemic continues, reports the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more people than ever are firing up the grill, because it’s safe and outdoors. Before you put on your chef’s apron and pick up the tongs, check out these tips... Read More
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In a Couch-Potato Rut? Time to Break the Cycle!

June 15, 2021 — What was your exercise routine before the pandemic? Maybe you went for regular walks. Maybe you took an exercise class in your senior living community or senior center. Swimming, cycling or tai chi might have been your thing, or maybe you had a personal trainer at the gym. For many people, their exercise routine ground... Read More
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Families Wonder About the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

June 1, 2021 — June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Families who support the well-being of loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s disease understandably wonder if they, too, are at risk of the disease. Having a healthy heart makes it more likely that we’ll have a healthy brain. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently took a look... Read More
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A Musical Way to Promote Healthy Aging

May 17, 2021 — Have you read the recent research showing that people who played an instrument when they were young have a lower risk of dementia in their later years? Apparently, taking piano lessons or joining the school band is very good for the developing brain. Reported Emory University researcher Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, “Musical activity throughout life may serve... Read More
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Seniors and Anxiety Disorders

May 1, 2021 — These days, it seems like people are worrying a lot more. The ongoing pandemic, of course, is top of mind. Economic uncertainty and political turmoil can also make us fretful. Personal and family problems might add to our cares. But if an older loved one seems to be worrying a lot of the time, it... Read More
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Protect Older Adults from Pyramid Schemes

April 15, 2021 — These days a lot of people are out of work. They may be looking for ways to make money from home, and that puts them at risk of falling for a scam. Older adults, in particular, may be targeted by “get rich quick” schemes—and that, says the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), is a form... Read More