Suicide Rates Among Baby Boomers and Seniors Climbing

Most of us were shocked at the tragic suicide last week of comedian and actor Robin Williams at age 63. Whenever a beloved public figure takes their life, it sparks a national dialogue and we hear from medical and psychology experts ...

 
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Risk of Stroke Has Declined the Last Two Decades

A new study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD found a 24 percent reduction in first-time strokes in the last two decades. Also encouraging was a 20 percent decline in deaths following a stroke.
 
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Beauty Products Often Contain Health Risks

In an effort to be healthier, I’m searching out organic foods and skin care products with more natural ingredients. To do so, I’ve become an avid label reader, despite how hard the fine print is on these older ...

 
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CARE Act to Offer Essential Support to Caregivers

We often hear about serious gaps in senior healthcare. Many occur when an older adult is hospitalized then released to a rehab facility or to return home. Although conscientious medical providers do try to coordinate care with transitioning patients and ...

 
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Lack of Financial Planning Tied to Neglect of Health

Doctors, therapists, and other healthcare providers understand there is a strong link between physical and psychological wellness. The brain plays a large part in the healing process and more recently has been found to be a factor in preventative care. ...

 
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Fear of Side Effects Causes Patients to Stop Medications

When you fill a new prescription, do you read the drug information insert from the pharmacy? Reading that list of possible side effects can be a little scary. But having that knowledge and also any potential drug interactions makes you ...

 
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Watch Your Back: Help for Heavy Lifting Tasks

When younger, I regularly lifted weights and considered myself fairly strong. But as I recently lugged five 40-pound bags of water softener salt to my basement, it was a sorry reminder that this aging body isn’t up to the ...

 
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New Online Source for Stories of Celebrity Caregiving

Most of us have times in our lives when we could use a little more support and caring. But if you are a caregiver to a loved one or a professional caregiver, you not only need extra attention sometimes, it’...

 
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Summer Means Dehydration Danger for Seniors

A recent early summer stint in 90-degree plus heat served as a great reminder to avoid becoming dehydrated. Working outside doing yard work, exercising, and even just relaxing in high summer temperatures is risky without sufficient hydration. While we’re ...

 
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The Problematic Gap in Geriatric Medical Care

We’re very lucky to live in an age with so many advances in medical care. But while many areas of healthcare have greatly improved with new diagnostics and treatments, one area remains problematic. Availability of medical care for the ...

 
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