From the monthly archives:

September 2010

Binge Drinking a Problem for Some Seniors

by Lois Etienne on September 29, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet My 76-year-old widowed father has always enjoyed socializing and that means parties where alcohol is served.  It seems that he is drinking more and I am concerned.  I’m worried about his drinking, especially this holiday season when there will be more opportunities.  Should I be? As a matter of fact, older adults who have [...]

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Tweet Recent research makes an important link between walking and brain connectivity. A study, published inFrontiers in Aging Neuroscience, followed 65 adults, aged 59 to 80, who joined a walking group or stretching and toning group for a year. The study found that walking at one’s own pace for 40 minutes three times a week [...]

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Medicare Offers Help to Stop Smoking

by Lois Etienne on September 24, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Are you are a smoker – or know someone who is – and want to quit? Good for you!  Help for seniors is now available through Medicare. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services recently expanded Medicare coverage of evidence-based tobacco cessation counseling, removing a barrier to treatment for all tobacco users [...]

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Tweet There’s good news and bad news. The bad news first: obesity is continuing to increase in the U.S., according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focuses on obesity in each state. There is an interesting curve in this report that indicates Americans tend to peak in weight somewhere in [...]

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Internet Helps Reduce Senior Depression

by Lois Etienne on September 17, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Question:  My 78-year-old widowed mother spends her days on the computer and I’m worried about her lack of companionship.  Should I be? Here’s an interesting study:  Spending time online reduces depression by 20 percent for senior citizens, the Phoenix Center reports in a new Policy Paper released recently.  In addition to the quality of [...]

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10 Tips for Living Better and Longer

by Lois Etienne on September 15, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet This is news we like to hear:  A growing body of research suggests that it’s never too late to change your lifestyle.  “Adopting healthy lifestyle practices, even when you’re older, can have an enormous impact on how well you’ll age,” says Cheryl Phillips, M.D. “Maintaining these practices is essential for living a higher quality, [...]

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Tweet Recent research from Rush University Medical Center has shed light on this issue.  Scientists there discovered that lower, though not necessarily impaired, performance on tests measuring story learning predicted subsequent cognitive decline in a normal population.  Other indicators were retention and processing speed in motor tasks dependent on visual control, as well as symptoms [...]

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Tweet We found some new data on the topic of cell phones and cancer that we can all celebrate about:   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that available scientific evidence, including World Health Organization (WHO) findings released in May, shows no increased health risk due to radiofrequency (RF) energy, a form of electromagnetic radiation [...]

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Tweet Following are strategies from Home Instead Senior Care® and family caregiving consultant Dr. Amy D’Aprix to help family caregivers turn resistance into assistance. 1.   Understand where the resistance is coming from. Ask your parent why he or she is resisting.  “Mom, I notice that every time I bring up the idea of someone coming [...]

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Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others

by Lois Etienne on September 1, 2010

in Caregiver Support

Tweet You’re at work. The phone rings. Caller ID shows it’s your mom. You sigh. Shake your head and wish the call would just go away. You think, “I was just there. What does she need now? How am I possibly going to get my work done?” Most caregivers have other important and pressing responsibilities, [...]

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