Top 10 Things to Prepare the House for an Aging Adult

seniorThis article is contributed by Charlie Kimball.

Just as new parents have to baby-proof their homes for safety, it’s often necessary to elder-proof the home. With a bit of planning and a few accoutrements, the transition can be smooth as silk. Here are the top 10 items that you can install in your home to make it safer for your loved one. Continue reading

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Treating Underlying Mental Disorders

despairA new type of dual treatment for addiction involves treating a patient’s underlying mental disorders. A prime example is soldiers returning from combat suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who drink or use drugs to escape the symptoms of PTSD. Due to the complex nature of the process of diagnosing mental disorders while treating addiction, it’s important for patients to look for the appropriate help.   Continue reading

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Senior Superfoods

super foodThis is a guest post by Felicity Dryer.

With so many pharmaceuticals prescribed for seniors it is no wonder people are living much longer than ever before. Add in trained, professional, empathetic home care options and a senior can continue to enjoy a high quality of living well into their nineties and beyond.

Yet, there’s minimal talk of choosing specific foods that can also contribute beneficially to this scenario. In some cases, with the agreement of your doctor, there are even some foods that may enable a senior to decrease or terminate some or all of their pharmaceutical protocol. Continue reading

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Time For A Canada Prescription Drug Plan

prescription drugsAll seniors will be delighted to see the headline that is appearing today: Pharmacare national prescription drug program gains support.  It’s widely supported in the medical community, but has not yet caught fire with Canadians at large.  The concept is very straightforward: pharmacare, a national program that would see prescription drugs covered through a publicly funded system rather than out of pocket. Continue reading

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International Day of Older Persons – October 1

chinese womenEvery year, October 1 celebrates the United Nations backed International Day of Older Persons. For 2014 the theme is Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All. The photograph on the right shows Elderly women in Chengdu as displayed on the UN website. Continue reading

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How To Live To Be 100

jane fondaMany more of us are living life’s third act and enjoying a vigorous and fulfilling life. The third act is how Jane Fonda defines the years beyond 60. The challenge is of course to make that third act as long as possible. In this article, you will find examples of many people who are doing just that. We then will describe some steps you may take to emulate them.
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Take care of your hearing as you age: the do’s and don’ts

grandmaThis article is contributed by Paul Harrison.

As we grow older it’s natural to want to take care of our health. Many people take regular exercise to stay fit and active, and follow a healthy diet. Whilst we think nothing of having regular health checks such as cholesterol tests and eye examinations, many people are reluctant to get their hearing tested. Continue reading

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Nutrition for Seniors

 

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This article is contributed by Emily Newhook.

We all know that a well-balanced diet can help people of all ages lead healthier lives, but seniors in particular stand to gain a lot from proper nutrition. Eating well can help reduce the risk of serious chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, among others. Even if you’ve already been diagnosed with a chronic condition, maintaining a healthy diet can allow you to manage it more effectively. Healthy eating can also help seniors manage their weight and keep energy levels up throughout the day. Continue reading

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Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Medicare

ACA Medicare doctorThis article is contributed by Emily Newhook.

News coverage of Affordable Care Act – or “Obamacare” – seems relentless, but many people still have difficulty figuring out exactly how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect them personally. This is especially true for Medicare beneficiaries. There is plenty of misinformation and confusion as to what parts of the ACA apply to Medicare beneficiaries and how this government program will change under the new law.

So what should you know as the administration begins to implement the ACA? We’ve answered a list of common questions to set the record straight. Continue reading

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Can Acupuncture Really Help You Stop Smoking

This article is contributed by Ron Barker.

Smoking is a very strong addiction, and while everybody knows the dangers and hazards associated with it, they can still find it hard to finally kick the habit into touch. Smoking causes all manner of health problems and it is strongly linked to a number of different cancers. Once you have decided that you want to give up, it can be a long path to finally getting there. Continue reading

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