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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

Older Adults and Eating Disorders: 4 Things to Know

Posted by Kendal at Home on June 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM

5th_May B.jpgAlthough eating disorders are seen mainly as issues affecting teens and young adults, older adults can develop these disorders, as well — and recent research indicates this problem is increasing in the older population. This is likely occurring, in part, because of cultural standards of what is attractive, typically defined as thin; warnings about the dangers of obesity; and unrealistic body images as portrayed by media.

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Topics: staying healthy, nutrition

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 Older Adults Can Fight a Cold or Flu

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

mature-couple-laughing-breakfast.jpgDealing with a cold or flu is usually uncomfortable and annoying. Aside from the aches, fever, fatigue and a few missed days of activity, these viruses can result in complications like hospitalization and even death for adults over 65.

For older adults, the flu can be highly dangerous. That’s because as we age, our immune systems weaken, which can make viruses and other illnesses harder to overcome.

Healthy habits like getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, frequently washing your hands and avoiding those who are sick can help protect against cold and flu viruses. Try these additional ways to fight a cold or flu.

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Topics: staying healthy

How to Get More Out of Your Doctor's Appointment

Posted by Kendal at Home on September 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM

doctor-talking-to-patient-hospital.jpgIn the past, doctors took the lead during appointments and a patient followed the path laid out. Today, though, quality doctor-patient relationships are more collaborative, and how the two of you communicate plays a key role in obtaining the health care you need. Unfortunately, it can seem like doctor's visits are often rushed. Use these tips to get more out of your doctor's appointment.

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Topics: staying healthy

Healthy Ways Older Adults can Enjoy Spring and Fight Back Allergies

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on June 9, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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Ahhh . . . the sun is shining, green grass is sprouting, and flowers bloom with riotous colors. New life is all around us, which usually leads to spring allergies.

In fact, according to WebMD, approximately 40 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies. Genetic components exist so, if your parents had allergies, it’s far more likely you also have them. Although allergies often present themselves in childhood, some start later in life. WebMD cites the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America as listing these as some of the most common allergy triggers (which spring winds can spread):

  • Tree, grass and weed pollen
  • Mold spores
  • Dust mites
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Topics: older adults, staying healthy, allergies

Should You Wear an Activity Tracker? Considerations for Older Adults

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on February 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM

activty trackers older adultsOnce you’re aware of their existence, you’ll start to see them everywhere. They are clipped to the belt of your neighbor, strapped around the wrist of your granddaughter, pinned to the apron of your favorite Starbucks barista. Yes, that’s right – we’re talking about activity trackers.

These little fitness tools are all the rage and with new models coming out constantly, it doesn’t seem like their popularity is dying out anytime soon. Like a pedometer on steroids, activity trackers tell you how many steps you take, miles you walk, stairs you climb, and calories you burn. Most of them can even track how restless you are in your sleep or notify you if you’ve been sedentary for an extended period of time.

The idea behind these trackers is great: by collecting activity data, users can determine if they’re moving enough based on their various health goals.  Despite their popularity, they might not be for everyone. Older adults, here are the top factors you should consider when deciding to purchase an activity tracker.

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Topics: staying healthy

How Older Adults Can Take Control of Their Happiness at Any Age

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on January 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM

older adults can control their happiness giving charityHumans have a unique and powerful trait: they are largely responsible for their own happiness. This means that while there are tragedies and disappointments in life that affect the way you feel, you still have the power to be happy. You just need to know where to start. 

To begin, you must alter your attitude and cultivate positive emotions like gratitude, hope, inspiration, and love. Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson’s research demonstrates how experiencing positive emotions on a regular basis can “undo” some of the physical effects of stress, build skills we can draw on in stressful times, and find meaning in ordinary and difficult events.

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Topics: older adults, staying healthy

Why Older Adults Should Make Happiness a Priority

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on January 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM

why older adults should make happiness a priorityAs we age, our priorities change. Perhaps we are less focused on our careers or raising children and more focused on traveling or volunteer work. Work, family, hobbies—these are familiar priorities. But have you ever thought of making happiness a priority? If happiness did not make it onto your list of priorities, you may want to add it. Here’s why.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that passes information from one neuron to the next, released when dopamine neurons become activated. Dopamine neurons become activated when something good happens unexpectedly, leading to feelings of pleasure and happiness.

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Topics: older adults, staying healthy

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