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April 16 Is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Advance healthcare planning is the best way to ensure that our preferences will be met in the future. Yes, it’s human nature to avoid thinking about serious illness or the end of life, but putting off these decisions can mean that your family will have to decide for you—a potentially difficult process for them, and they might make choices you would not make.

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Healthy Eating During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The general rule of thumb is to put off your grocery shopping trip for as long as possible. If you can, order what you need online and arrange no-contact delivery; alternatively, enlist a friend, family member or neighbor to help. Go to the store during special hours for seniors if none of these options work for you. Wear a mask, stay socially distanced and remember to wash your hands afterwards!

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Avoid Loneliness During Social Distancing

At the recommendations of medical experts, and in many places by government mandate, we are practicing social distancing to help halt the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Every day, we are seeing our opportunities to interact with others dwindle. Humans are wired for close contact, and studies have shown that maintaining connections, whether with acquaintances or immediate family members, combats stress and anxiety, and may lower health risks such as heart attack and hypertension.

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Helping a Loved One Manage Parkinson’s Disease

With the aging of our population, more people are living with Parkinson’s disease. Today an estimated 1 million people in the U.S. are living with this neurodegenerative disorder, and it is diagnosed in another 50,000 each year.

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Polypharmacy and Its Burden on Aging Kidneys

Age-related changes aside, seniors are also more likely to have chronic health conditions that require the use of multiple medications. Statistics show that polypharmacy — taking five or more drugs concurrently — is observed in 44% of the elderly[2]. Polypharmacy not only increases the risk of drug interactions, but also burdens the aging kidney.

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Coronavirus and Seniors

If you are concerned about keeping your senior loved ones safe, there are things you can do to help reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.

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10 Frequently Asked Questions About Kidney Health

As we age, the number of nephrons in our kidneys decreases as does the amount of kidney tissue, our blood vessels become thicker, and the blood flow slows down. All of these factors contribute to a gradual decline in our kidney function.

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Memory Changes in Seniors – Normal or Dementia?

When polled about concerns they have about their own aging, many people put memory loss at the top of the list. Especially if a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, we might be hyperaware of every little memory lapse we experience.

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I’m 65! Is It Time to Slow Down?

An old stereotype about aging suggests that we should take to our rocking chairs as we grow older. Too many people are following this bad advice, say experts!