“Golden-Girls” Style Senior Living for Women

Having roommates is normal for those in their twenties and early thirties, but older adults aren’t usually looking to share living space with people who are not romantic partners or family members. But with the growing, aging population, there ...

 
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April 26 is DEA National Drug “Take-Back” Day

Like most people, I have an accumulation of outdated or unused prescription medications. While some are still usable and refillable, most are sitting in my bathroom cabinet taking up valuable space. My grocery store pharmacy does not take medications for ...

 
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3-D Printer Creates Food Seniors Can Swallow

You may have heard of the astonishing products that can now be produced by three-dimensional (3D) printers. Guns that actually fire have been designed, printed, and constructed. But guns created on these machines are such a great safety concern that ...

 
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Boomers and Seniors Waiting Longer for Grandparenthood

Many women these days are postponing becoming mothers well into their thirties. Some are focusing on career, others have concerns about starting a family in a shaky economy. The result? A generation of older parents and, subsequently, older grandparents.
 
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New Blood Pressure Guidelines Stir Controversy

The magic numbers for a healthy target blood pressure (BP) reading used to be 120/80. In 2003, that was reviewed and changed by a panel of medical experts, with a higher range determined to be within normal limits. High blood pressure (hypertension) ...

 
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Senior Living Embraces Farm-to-Table Dining Approach

Eating “local,” courtesy of regional farms, suppliers, and nearby farmer’s markets has been one of the biggest recent movements in the food industry. It’s not unusual to see which local beef farmer provided the steak on your restaurant ...

 
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Why We Love the “Grandma Drummer”

I remember at age 16 coming home from a party to find my parents dancing the jitterbug in the kitchen. After getting over the shock of seeing such a weird phenomenon, it struck me that they were really good dancers. The ...

 
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Self-Confidence Shown to Reduce Stress in Older Adults

When people are feeling confident, it shows. You see it in their posture and how they move. What might be surprising, however, is a new study showing that elevating self-confidence can make older adults healthier.
 
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Boomers Take Gap Year for Self-Discovery

There’s a lot of noteworthy activity in the month of March. The NCAA college basketball Final Four, St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s also the time of year when boomer parents and grandparents accompany their high school juniors ...

 
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Senate Bill Would Change Rule for Seniors’ Inpatient Status

Patients are often taken to a hospital and placed in “observation” status. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “observation services are short-term treatments and assessments provided to outpatients to determine whether beneficiaries require further treatment ...

 
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