From the monthly archives:

January 2011

Tweet Q. Since my wife died last year, I’ll be going to the doctor alone for my annual physical this year.  I’m nervous and don’t know what to ask.  And, at age 78, I’m hard of hearing.  Do you have any suggestions? We thought you might find the following information helpful.  U.S. Preventive Medicine, a private [...]

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Keep Seniors’ Winter Blues Away

by Lois Etienne on January 26, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Depression is not a normal part of aging, but when older adults do have depression, it may be overlooked, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Seniors may show different, less obvious symptoms and may be less inclined to experience or acknowledge feelings of sadness or grief. The winter months can be especially challenging [...]

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

by Lois Etienne on January 25, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet It’s important for seniors to take extra safety precautions around the house, especially while cleaning. Following are some safety tips from Home Instead Senior Care of Washington: Always keep stairs, steps, landings and all floors clear of clutter. Carry loads you can see over, and keep one hand free to hold banisters and railings. [...]

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Warning Signs of Diabetes

by Lois Etienne on January 19, 2011

in Diabetes

Tweet Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP). “Diabetes is a chronic condition that can cause serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney failure and nervous system damage,” Dr. J. Fred Ralston Jr., ACP president, said in a press [...]

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Tweet Do you know the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a sign of Alzheimer’s, a fatal brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory thinking and reasoning skills. Individuals may experience one [...]

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Tweet Elderly patients’ chances of survival following hip surgery are higher if they receive home care, according to Canadian researchers. Researchers looked at more than 11,000 men and women age 65 and older who had partial hip surgery and found that those who received home care after leaving the hospital were 43 percent less likely to [...]

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Tweet Did you know that more than two million Americans age 40 and older suffer from glaucoma? Nearly half do not know they have the disease since it causes no early symptoms. Glaucoma leads to blindness by damaging the optic nerve. Elevated pressure in the eye is a risk factor, but even people with normal [...]

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Tweet Question: I’m having trouble convincing my friends, who are all in their 80s like me, of the importance of getting mammograms. Several say that because of their age they don’t see any point to it. A couple complained they wouldn’t have a way to get to the exam even if they wanted to go. [...]

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Aspirin a Day May Prevent Cancer

by Lois Etienne on January 7, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Question: Aspirin has often been touted as a miracle drug. What’s the latest research on aspirin and is this something I can recommend to my mother, who is 80? What are other ways that I can help her stay healthy? The wonders of aspirin continue to be revealed by research, the latest of which [...]

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Living to 100 All in the Attitude

by Lois Etienne on January 5, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Do you want to live to 100? It’s all in the attitude, according to recent research from the University of Georgia. How we feel about ourselves and our ability to adapt to an accumulation of challenging life experiences may be as important – or more important – than health factors in determining if we [...]

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