Wellness

Protecting Older Adults During National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, an awareness effort that focuses on lowering the top causes of injuries and deaths on the roads and in workplaces, homes and communities. Nearly a million people age 65 and older go to emergency rooms each year for injuries they suffer in their homes. Older adults die at three times…

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Self-Care for the Caregiver; Guarding Against Caregiver Burnout

Care partners are accustomed to selflessly attending to the needs of others. But what happens when a care partner becomes physically and emotionally exhausted? In many cases, care partners who experience burnout feel anxious, depressed and fatigued, and they may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Some care partners also feel guilty if they…

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Improving Brain Function Through Nutrition

A growing body of evidence supports a strong relationship between cardiovascular problems and cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease. People with subclinical cardiovascular disease are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, research has found. As with cardiovascular disease, diet and nutrition also may play a role in diseases of the brain. Research…

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April is Minority Health Month

According to the latest U.S. Census, minority individuals constitute about 36 percent of the population. Overall health and life expectancy have improved for most older adults in recent years, but some minority elders continue to face specific health concerns at a higher rate. April is National Minority Health Month, a campaign to educate the public…

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National Nutrition Month and Eating Right for Your Lifestyle

Experts offer plenty of advice on optimal eating, but the truth is that one size does not fit all when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Individual nutrition needs vary, and your lifestyle plays a significant role in the types of food you eat — and when and where you eat them. Some people…

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Brain Awareness Week, March 12-18

You think with your brain, but do you think about your brain? If not, consider spending some time learning about the many critical jobs your brain performs for you — and actions you can take to keep it healthy. March 12 through 18 is Brain Awareness Week, sponsored by The Dana Foundation to increase awareness…

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Go Blue and Get Screened for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Getting screened for colon cancer is one of the easiest — and most effective — steps you can take to protect your health. By looking for cancer before you notice any signs or symptoms, colon screenings can allow life-saving treatment to start earlier. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, an effort by the Colorectal…

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American Heart Month

Are you or a loved one at risk for heart disease? Physical inactivity, high blood pressure, obesity and other factors can increase the chances of cardiovascular problems, but there are steps you can take to keep your heart healthy. February is American Heart Month, created by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 to increase public…

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Glaucoma Awareness & Eye Health Month

Did you know that you can lose as much as 40 percent of your vision to glaucoma without even noticing? Known as “the sneak thief of sight,” the disease may exhibit few symptoms — or no symptoms at all — and results in permanent vision loss. As Glaucoma Awareness Month and Low Vision Awareness Month,…

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Maintaining Healthy Bones in Older Adults

If you are a senior adult with type 2 diabetes, you may be at increased risk for bone fractures. As part of a three-year study of 1,000 people by Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research in Boston, researchers recently found that older adults with diabetes had weakness in their bones that traditional bone density testing…

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