Common Misconceptions About Hospice Care
The concept of hospice care traces its origins back to England in the late 1940s, when the term referred to specialized care for terminal patients. The first modern facility, St. Christopher’s Hospice, was founded in the suburbs of London in 1948. Fifteen years later, the concept was introduced to the United States and, in 1974, […]Read More
Celebrating National Sleep Awareness Week
Because this week has been declared Sleep Awareness Week by the National Sleep Foundation, we are highlighting their “Begin With Sleep” campaign. The purpose of Sleep Awareness Week is to inform people about the importance of good sleep health. During this week-long celebration, the NSF is providing information about the health benefits of sleep and […]Read More
Raising Awareness on Organ Donor Day
Every Valentine’s Day, while most people are thinking about gifts like jewelry or flowers for their special loved ones, many people are also talking about National Organ Donor Day. And it’s the perfect day for it, too, because Valentine’s Day is all about love – and so is every selfless act of donating an organ. […]Read More
Maintaining a Healthy Weight as You Age
As we age, keeping excess weight off becomes more and more difficult. This is mainly because a natural part of aging is a gradual slowing down of your metabolism, which is the process of converting calories from food into energy. This slowdown can be blamed on several factors but is mainly due to hormonal changes […]Read More
Feeling Sick and Not Sure Why? It Might Be Your Thyroid.
You know that feeling you get when your thyroid is bothering you? No? Don’t feel bad. There are currently 15 million people in the U.S. with some form of thyroid disease and they don’t even know it. So, with January being Thyroid Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to talk about it because, once it’s […]Read More
Trouble Communicating After a Stroke or Head Injury? It Could Be Aphasia.
For people who have suffered a stroke, life can be a daily struggle due to a wide range of symptoms, including the inability to communicate effectively, a disorder known as “aphasia.” Aphasia is an acquired disorder in which the regions of the brain that process language are damaged, impairing the patient’s ability to speak, understand […]Read More
4 Nutritional Tips for Improving Your Eye Health
The rate of seniors who will deal with vision loss is expected to double by 2030, according to The Special Report on Aging. Seniors often are at greater risk for age-related eye diseases like cataract and macular degeneration. Cataract, the most common cause of blindness, occurs when the lenses of the eye become cloudy. Macular […]Read More
Why Brain Changes May Make Seniors at Risk for Scams?
According to the National Council on Aging, victims of elder financial abuse lose more than $2.6 billion each year as a result of these crimes. Unfortunately, financial scams are all too common — regardless of the victim’s age. But now a new study suggests seniors may be especially vulnerable to financial scams because of biological […]Read More
Why Do Some Seniors Have Memories as Sharp as People Nearly Half Their Age?
One 74-year-old grandmother is still so mentally sharp that she recently learned how to play chess, piano and pool. One 83-year-old retired doctor still edits books and runs several medical websites. An 89-year-old man is so up to date on pop culture that he can have a detailed discussion about Grammy-winning musician Chance the Rapper or […]Read More
How Exercise Helps Memory As You Age
Exercise can help you live younger, and now a new study indicates it also may keep your memory sharp as you age. The study, conducted by Boston University researchers, involved older adults age 55 to 74 and younger adults age 18 to 31. Researchers had study participants walk and jog on a treadmill and assessed […]Read More