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Fall Prevention at Home

September 18–24 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Week. Every year the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the national voice for every person’s right to age well, sponsors this national health campaign with the goal of increasing awareness around preventing falls and injuries. Six out of 10 falls happen at home; many are due to hazardous... Read More

Your Medications: True or False?

Prescription and nonprescription drugs help seniors manage a variety of health conditions. They preserve both life and quality of life. Of course, they only work if we take them properly. How much do you know about your medications?   True or false? If my doctor prescribes a drug, and then I start to feel better, it’s... Read More

Turn Everything Off To Turn In

Long summer days are a treat. More daylight means more time to spend outdoors, which promotes both physical and mental health. But the nights are shorter, which can mean less sleep. And artificial light can make getting that good night’s rest even harder while also damaging health. A recent study found that dim light, like... Read More

Celebrating Good News About Cancer Survival

Did you know that overall cancer death rates have been steadily declining since the 1990s? This means the number of cancer survivors has increased. National Cancer Survivors Day® on June 5 honored these individuals and those who care for them.  For 35 years, the first Sunday in June has been a time to celebrate all... Read More

Men Get Osteoporosis, Too!

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones gradually thin and weaken. It is common among older adults of all genders—yet many people mistakenly believe that it’s only a health concern of women. It’s true that more women than men develop the disease, but men are not immune.   This misconception... Read More

Help for People Living With Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that affects the messages that are sent to the muscles. People living with Parkinson’s typically experience tremor and muscle stiffness, and they can have difficulty when starting to move their body. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease, which means that it normally worsens over time, and usually,... Read More

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer includes cancers that begin in the colon and the rectum. Each year 140,000 people in the United States get colon cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s important to be screened for colorectal cancer as your doctor recommends. Screening is... Read More

A Healthier Fast-Food Drive-Thru Trip

Did you resolve to lose weight or improve your nutrition this year? Most of us know how hard it can be to improve our eating habits, even though we know it’s good for us. One of the big challenges is time – and with our busy lives, it can be so easy to rely on... Read More

How Music Can Help Someone Receiving Palliative Care

Humans respond to music and other sounds through our emotions and intellect alike, so it isn’t surprising that music can impact a person’s sense of well-being and function. Researchers have observed demonstrable changes in the brain when a person is listening to music. Here are some of the benefits music brings as part of palliative... Read More

Flu Vaccines are Critical for People with Certain Chronic Conditions

The holidays are here, and while that means more opportunities for spreading cheer, there is also more opportunity for spreading not just COVID-19, but also flu and other respiratory viruses. As to the flu, health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are particularly concerned about people who are already at higher... Read More