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Kendal at Home Blog

How to Talk to Your Doctor About Sensitive Subjects

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 20, 2018 at 6:27 AM

A good relationship with your doctor is essential for staying healthy, but in today’s world, it can often seem like many doctor’s appointments are rushed, with you only getting an allotted 15 or 30 minutes of your doctor’s time before they need to move on.how-to-talk-to-your-doctor.jpg

This can make it difficult to speak with your doctor about sensitive issues. Couple that with any embarrassment you may be feeling about these subjects, and getting the care you need can be more difficult. If you’re struggling with how to talk to your doctor about sensitive subjects — these can include sexual issues, memory problems and even end of life wishes — these tips can help you clearly communicate how you’re feeling.

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What Older Adults Should Know About Stroke Prevention

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 14, 2018 at 6:05 AM

The risk of stroke increases with age, as does having a close relative who has had a stroke, but accepting that risk doesn’t have to be part of the aging process. If stroke prevention is high on your list of what you need to do to stay healthy, there are a few simple things you can start doing today to lower your risk.stroke-prevention.jpg

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6 Tips for Fighting Winter Allergies

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 8, 2018 at 7:30 AM

If you’re like most of us, a runny nose, sneezing and coughing during the winter months probably makes you think you have a cold. However, if you find yourself frequently dealing with sniffling and sneezing, you may be dealing with something else entirely — winter allergies.

The branches are bare, snow is on the ground and there is hardly any pollen circulating through the air. How can you have winter allergies when common summer allergens are nowhere to be found?

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Since you’re spending more time indoors, you’re more exposed to indoor allergens like mold spores, pet dander, dust mites, smoke and other irritating fumes. Unfortunately, if you deal with spring and summer allergies, you’ll likely find yourself prone to winter ones, too.

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Topics: healthful eating

Surprising Things that Lower Your Risk Factors for Dementia

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM

risk-factors-dementia.jpgWe've all heard the tips about remaining active, getting necessary screenings and eating well to complement brain health, but have you heard more other, more surprising tips that help to lower your risk of dementia – like, for example, being married? This post will look share some of these more surprising findings.

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Top Aging Influencers to Know

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NextAvenue.org has named its aging Influencer of the Year – and it’s Elizabeth Blackburn, the president at Salk Institute and the Irwin M. Jacobs Presidential Chair. When asked if she could change one thing about aging in

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 America, she said the following: “I would remind everyone that telomere science has shown us how much we are connected, and at so many levels — from the 

macro to the micro and from the societal to the cellular — and that how we interact with and support each other affects the way we age. Compassion is critical.”

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Topics: rethink aging

Stay Healthy with these Medication Management Tips

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM

medication-management.jpgMedicines, both prescription and over the counter, help us live longer and healthier lives. But, taking them the wrong way or mixing certain drugs together can be dangerous. So, here are medication management tips to help you keep track of your medicines and use them safely.

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Topics: medications

Hearing Loss and Falls: Are They Linked?

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 23, 2018 at 7:06 AM

Get regular exercise,be aware of medication side effects, wear proper footwear,make sure your home is free of clutter and tripping hazards. You’ve likely heard most or all of these tips to help prevent falls.

However, there’s another fall risk factor you may not be aware of — hearing loss. Here’s what you should know about hearing loss and falls.hearing-loss-and-falls.jpg

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Topics: falling

Common Winter Health Myths, Debunked

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on January 17, 2018 at 7:30 AM

As a child, how many times were you told cold weather could make you sick? Perhaps your parent told you not to leave the house with wet hair or to always wear a hat, lest you catch a cold or other illness. winterhealthmyths.jpg

But the truth is, being cold doesn’t cause illness, germs do, notes Penn Medicine. And being in such close proximity with others during the winter months is primarily why more of us get sick when it’s colder.

Here are more common winter health myths, debunked.

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Topics: staying healthy

What to Know About the Shingles Vaccine

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on January 11, 2018 at 7:30 AM


Along with an annual flu shot, you’ve likely had a health care provider recommend a shingles vaccine if you’re 60 or older. That’s because shingles, syringe-1884758_640.jpga painful, contagious rash that develops after the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, can cause serious complications. But if you’re like most older adults, you may be questioning whether you actually need the shingles vaccine. Here’s what you need to know. 

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Topics: staying healthy

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Function: Are They Linked?

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 9, 2018 at 8:00 AM

hearing-loss-cognitive-function.jpgThe auditory sense can bring people such pleasure, whether that means listening to enjoyable music or rooting for a favorite sports team when the game is being broadcast on the radio. A good sense of hearing allows people to participate more fully in conversations and social engagements, overall. Conversely, as the sense of hearing in a person diminishes, so does his or her ability to benefit from these pleasurable activities – and recent studies show that hearing loss can have an even greater negative impact: a reduction in cognitive function.

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Topics: hearing loss, boost brain health

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