Researchers estimate that more than 1.5 million Americans are living with glaucoma and don’t even know it. One of them could be you.
Getting a flu shot isn’t just about protecting yourself. It’s about protecting those around you, including older adults for whom the flu can be serious and even deadly. Statistics show that during recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older.
The route to any destination happens the same way – one step at a time. Throughout September and spilling into October, thousands of people all over the United States will take millions of steps, all toward the goal of ending Alzheimer’s disease. More than 600 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events are held each year throughout […]
For millions of school-age children, the return to school means a visit to the pediatrician for the necessary vaccinations. While most seniors aren’t headed back to class, August is as good a time as any for a reminder about the vaccines recommended for the 65-and-older age group. Our immune systems tend to slow down with […]
Those reminders to check on our loved ones on especially warm days aren’t just a case of the weather man being dramatic. The dangers of excessive heat are real, especially for older adults. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that anyone over 65 have a friend or relative call to check on them twice a […]
They might not be lounging on a beach or spending the summer poolside, yet many of today’s seniors are at risk for skin cancer. That’s because sun exposure can show up as cancer decades later. In fact, one severe sunburn before the age of 18 doubles a person’s lifetime risk of developing the disease. Sunscreens […]
From all outside appearances, 80-year-old Shirley seemed well cared for by the niece who had moved in a few months earlier. She even told her friends how she was enjoying the company and the help around the house. Shirley had always been frugal with her credit cards, using them only when needed. So when the […]
A few simple questions could be the difference between living a healthy life and suffering the consequences of undiagnosed diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has deemed March 25 Diabetes Alert Day®, a day when everyone is urged to take stock of their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test, available at diabetes.org, asks […]
From the outside it might appear that Home Helpers caregivers are simply preparing meals and helping with personal care. But while making life a little easier for our clients, we also are helping them to live the best, healthiest lives possible. The advice for becoming more ‘heart healthy’ may sound familiar. Lose weight, quit smoking, […]
Dementia. Alzheimer’s. Those are scary words that no one wants to hear associated with a loved one. The fact is, the odds are against your loved one having to deal with either of these two conditions. But the memory care strategies often used to treat people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be effective for […]