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Glaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma Prevention and Awareness for Seniors January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and we’re celebrating with prevention tips! Caring for our eyes is a vital aspect of maintaining positive health, especially as we age. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 3 million Americans currently have a glaucoma diagnosis. What Is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve which

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Seniors: Have You Secured Your Future?

When the time comes, do you know who will be there to make important decisions for you? We recently visited Advance Health Care Directives, living wills, power of attorney (POA) and POLST. These are all legal documents put in place to ensure decisions regarding your health align with your preferences when you are no longer capable of communicating your desires. When

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7 Ways Seniors Can Survive the Heat

Heat is a potentially deadly problem—nearly 400 Americans suffer fatal consequences from heat waves each year. Most of them are elderly people who often don’t realize when they are overheating and in danger. Part of the problem lies in the fact that the elderly simply can’t handle the heat as well as younger people, because they don’t sweat as effectively

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Your Life, Your Choice

Always be prepared. It’s something we’re taught from the time we’re old enough to enter the Scouts and continues throughout life. Be earthquake ready; have car insurance; build a hefty emergency fund; bring a sweater. All these ideas are so commonly repeated, but what about being prepared for the last major event in life? Few people like to talk about

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A New Prescription: Giving Thanks

Recently, we discussed current efforts to eliminate stigma against mental health, including the potential effects of the Affordable Care Act on mental healthcare in the United States. This week, we will see how gratitude, a deeply humanistic emotion, can improve your mental and physical health. On March 3, 2008, my father experienced a minor heart attack. My family rushed to

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Silencing the Stigma

Last month, we discussed the social, institutional, and self-stigmatization of mental illness in the elderly and their ramifications. This week, we will discuss current efforts to eradicate mental health stigma and improve access to care. How can we influence the media’s depiction seniors with mental illnesses? While the media promulgates inaccurate and damaging stereotypes about mental illness, it can also

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