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4 Self-Exams for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on September 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

self exams for older adultsYou know your body better than anyone else — and that’s the power of the self-exam. It’s important to visit your doctor for regular checkups but, through self-exams, you can discover an impending issue as early as possible and inform your doctor. Here are four simple self-exams for older adults you can conduct at home, starting today.

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Topics: healthy aging, older adult health

Vitamin and Supplement Considerations for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on September 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM

vitamin supplement older adultsOlder adults commonly take vitamins and nutritional supplements with the goal of improving overall health and to delay the onset of age-related disease. But which ones should you add to your diet? Do older adults typically need certain supplements or vitamins? Here’s a look at vitamin and supplement considerations for older adults.

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Topics: healthy aging

How Alcohol Affects Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 15, 2017 at 7:30 AM

More women over age 60 are binge drinking. A rechowalcoholaffectsolderadults.jpgent study looked at the rates of drinking among older Americans between 1997 and 2014, and what it found was surprising: The number of women who binge-drink increased about 4 percent each year, while the number of men who binge-drink remained steady.

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Topics: healthy aging

Aging and Fatigue: 4 Common Causes

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

6th_May Bl.jpgAs you age, you may notice that your energy levels aren’t as high as they once were and you may even need an afternoon nap. But are these changes part and parcel of the aging process? How exactly does the aging process affect fatigue?

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Topics: healthy aging

5 Common Vision Issues for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on May 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM

vision issues for older adultsDo you often find yourself holding the newspaper at arm’s length to read the daily headlines? Are you squinting at your computer screen? When you go out to eat, do you have a difficult time reading the menu? If so, you’re not alone. Many older adults experience vision issues as part of the aging process.

Here, we’ll look at some common vision issues for older adults and what you can do to protect your eyesight.

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Topics: healthy aging, eye health

How Older Adults Can Keep Their Immune Systems Strong

Posted by Kendal at Home on April 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM

immune system healthHave you ever noticed when your grandchild catches a cold, it hardly seems to faze her? She may be coughing and sniffling, but she’s usually still playing and running around.

For you, however, a cold can wipe you out, leaving you cooped up on the couch for a few days.

What’s the difference between a child’s and a grandparent’s ability to manage an illness?

Aging affects how our bodies — and immune systems — function, but that doesn’t mean we have to be more susceptible to germs and illnesses as we get older. Consider these ways older adults can boost their immune systems.

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Topics: healthy aging, staying healthy

How to Talk to Your Family about End-of-Life Wishes

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM


family-with-adult-children.jpgIn the 21st century, people are living longer than ever, with those in the United States often living into their 70s, 80s and beyond. Perhaps because of this, people often delay talking about the subject of death and accompanying end-of-life issues. Awkward as conversations on these difficult subjects may be, though, it’s important to talk about our own mortality with family and friends, because there are significant benefits in doing so. Here are tips for effectively communicating your wishes.

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Topics: healthy aging

How Positive Attitudes Can Improve Life for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on March 9, 2016 at 8:30 AM

how-positive-attitude-improves-life.jpg“Buying into old-age putdowns,” says an article in U.S. News, “is bad for you.”

The reality is, the language people use about aging can affect the health of older adults in a negative way. Meanwhile, “Shedding negative stereotypes and embracing positive attitudes,” the article continues, “can help make life better as you get older.”

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Topics: older adults, healthy aging

Healthy Aging: Combating Social Isolation

Posted by Kendal at Home on March 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM

defeat-social-isolation.jpgA new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that the “depth and breadth of your social connections will impact your health just as much as diet and exercise.” That’s a pretty bold statement! And it’s a clear indicator that combating social isolation is crucial for the health of older adults.

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Topics: healthy aging

New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Aging

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM

new-year-resolution.jpgNever been on a hot air balloon ride, but want to give it a whirl? Ready to write your memoirs? Eager to travel to a place you’ve never been? Each of these could make it to your New Year’s resolutions list—and that’s great. Just make sure that you also incorporate the habits that the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging recommends as the top 10 healthy resolutions for older adults. We’ve highlighted a few in this post, but we recommend that you read the entire article.

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Topics: healthy aging

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