From the monthly archives:

June 2011

Coffee Lovers

by Lois Etienne on June 29, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet The results of two recent studies reveal a link between lower risks of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women among coffee drinkers. Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to the new study led by Harvard School of [...]

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Increase in Prayer

by Lois Etienne on June 27, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet They say there are no atheists in foxholes. A recent study published by the American Psychological Association shows that Americans with health issues have increased their prayer time by over 36 percent between 1999 and 2007. According to this study, those who turn to prayer more frequently are seniors, women, African-Americans, people who were [...]

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Cooking Under Pressure

by Lois Etienne on June 24, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Healthy eating is essential for people of all ages, but for many seniors, a well-balanced diet is the key to feeling their best.  In fact, nutrition experts consider good nutrition as the first line of defense in helping to keep seniors healthy and independent. A variety of issues, from medications and illnesses to memory [...]

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Make People SMILE

by Lois Etienne on June 22, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Do you want to put a smile on someone’s face? Maybe make their day a little bit brighter? It doesn’t have to take much time or money on your part. In fact, many things can be done as a part of your normal routine and cost little or nothing. You won’t know how many [...]

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Foot Sense

by Lois Etienne on June 20, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet It’s important to put “your best foot forward.” Be kind to your feet. Years of wear and tear can be hard on feet. So can disease, bad circulation, poorly trimmed toenails and wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Foot problems are sometimes the first sign of more serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes [...]

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Shades in the Shade?

by Lois Etienne on June 17, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Skin cancer. Wrinkles. Premature aging. Now you can add cataracts and macular degeneration – eye conditions that can lead to blindness – to the list of dangers the sun can inflict. Recent studies have shown that prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays without protection may cause serious eye conditions that can lead to [...]

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Life Legacies and Wishes

by Lois Etienne on June 15, 2011

in Finances,Holidays,Legal

Tweet How do you start the conversation with your dad about subjects he considers private or sensitive? Discussing end-of-life issues with your parents can be very uncomfortable, for both of you. Would a pre-planning checklist be helpful? Maybe you could put the checklist together and make copies for everyone in your family so when you [...]

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Tweet Clutter is a problem all too familiar thanks to TV shows like Hoarders.  The issue is not unique to seniors either, but some age-related conditions, such as strokes or dementia, may make that worse. An accumulation of daily junk mail, bills, newspapers and magazines can quickly overwhelm seniors who are struggling physically, mentally or [...]

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Tweet On average, seniors ages 85 and older take over 6 different prescriptions.  Adverse drug reactions are very common and not always recognized by patient or physician as drug side effects. The Home Instead Senior Care® network worked with Humana Points of Caregiving® to develop the Senior Emergency KitSM, an information management tool to help [...]

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June is Cataract Awareness Month

by Lois Etienne on June 8, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet As a senior’s extra set of eyes and ears, a CAREGiverSM can help him or her remember the importance of routine eye exams. June, Cataract Awareness Month, reminds us of the importance of routine eye exams in our elderly population. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have cataracts – the [...]

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