Senior Falls

The last time you went to the doctor, they probably asked if you’d fallen lately. Sure, you slipped in the tub last month or missed a step while bringing in the groceries just the other day. But it was no big deal, right? Don’t Ignore That Fall! One in four people age 65 and over…

Aid-in-Dying

Back in the ‘90s, Dr. Jack Kevorkian made headlines by helping many terminally ill patients end their lives and their suffering. While “Dr. Death” went to prison for eight years for his illegal acts, physician-assisted suicide, or aid-in-dying as it’s now more commonly known, was legalized in Oregon only a handful of years later. Over…

Senior Heat Stroke

It’s hot out there. So far this summer, the temperature in Europe has reached 113 degrees and it got up to 90 degrees in Anchorage, Alaska for the first time ever. Heat can be very dangerous. According to meteorologist Jeff Berardelli, extreme heat causes more deaths per year in the United States than any other…

Senior Road Trip

Who’s up for a road trip? Whether it’s to visit family across the state or to see a part of the county you’ve never been to, the road trip is a time-honored American tradition. A recent survey of 3,000 Americans found that almost 40% of vacations are taken by car – and baby boomers take…

Senior man doing exercise at home.

With the heat of summer upon us, you may be propping up your feet in the AC instead of getting in your steps around the neighborhood. But just because it’s too hot to exercise outdoors doesn’t mean you have to stop moving altogether. Here are five easy ways to get a good workout right in…

Insomnia Meditation Exercises

“Sleep’s what we need. It produces an emptiness in us into which sooner or later energies flow.” – John Cage Sleep is vital, but at least of half of people over 65 suffer from some kind of sleep disorder. One of the most common is sleep fragmentation – waking up multiple times during the night. This…

Senior Loneliness

As we age, our social networks are disrupted, which can leave us feeling isolated and lonely. Children and grandchildren move away. Spouses die, leaving about 12 million older Americans living alone. Retirement may mean that we don’t see work colleagues anymore. Illness or disability can make participating in activities much more difficult. Family and friends…

Signs of a stroke

  Every year, approximately 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. In fact, it’s the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Even so, many people don’t know very much about this acute medical condition. I realized that I was one of “those people” when my dad recently had a stroke. So, I…

Aging in Place

Maya Angelou wrote, “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Whether you call it aging in place, independent living, or non-assisted living, most of us feel that ache for home and want to live in our own homes as…

Hospice Care

Hospice care is a type of medical care designed to provide palliative care for terminally ill patients during the last six months of life. This type of care is reserved for patients who are no longer receiving curative treatment. Palliative medical care is an important part of hospice care. This means making sure the patient…

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