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Donate Blood All Year Round

January 30, 2023 — The end of January brings the end of National Blood Donor Month, but the truth is that blood donations are needed year-round. Every two seconds, someone needs blood. The U.S. is in the midst of the worst blood shortage in decades . Recently, the FDA proposed easing some current restrictions on who can give blood,... Read More

The Eyes Have It

January 23, 2023 — January is Glaucoma Awareness Month with focus on a disease that has no onset symptoms but is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness. The eyes can have it before you know it, so being proactive is critical. Glaucoma causes fluid to build up in the eye, creating a pressure that can damage the... Read More

Bright New Year

December 27, 2022 — There’s been some great news just in time for our New Year’s resolutions: Research confirms the link between optimism and longevity! For everyone. Previous research focused on white, non-Hispanic women had shown a relationship between optimism (or a hopeful confidence about the future) and healthier aging.  Although limited, the findings associated a 15% greater lifespan... Read More

Is It Time for Mom and Dad to Move?

December 20, 2022 — Holidays are full of in-person gatherings and celebrations like Christmas and Hanukkah. Families are finally together from around the country—including those who may not have seen their senior loved ones for a long time. While Zoom calls are a great way to stay connected, they don’t always show everything that is going on. And, a... Read More

Helping Grievers During the Holidays

November 28, 2022 — The holiday season is known for its cheerful carols, sparking lights, and family gatherings. It’s a time of joy for many. But for those grieving the death of a loved one, the holidays can be a painful reminder of their loss.  The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization provides these tips for those who want... Read More

6 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

November 18, 2022 — Thanksgiving is a treasured tradition of gathering with loved ones to indulge in good cheer and good food. But there can be too much of a good thing – especially when it comes to food. Here are six tips to keep you on track for a healthier celebration, wherever you gather. 1. Make a Plan... Read More

Nocturnal Hypertension: An Invisible Monster

October 25, 2022 — What goes thump in the night this Halloween season? Let’s hope it’s creatures of the night and not nocturnal hypertension! Nocturnal hypertension is high blood pressure that happens while someone is sleeping. These spikes can have deadly consequences, including heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. The scariest part: people with normal blood pressure during the... Read More

National Physical Therapy Month

October 18, 2022 — More than one-third of the estimated 300 million physical therapy sessions each year are for seniors over 65. Nursing and residential care facilities employ 5% of all physical therapists and with good reason: physical therapy for short- or long-term residents can play an important role in overall care. What is physical therapy (PT)? Physical therapy... Read More

Joyful Moments for National Assisted Living Week

September 19, 2022 — Every year the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) invites everyone to recognize the role assisted living has in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. This year’s National Assisted Living Week® (NALW) ran September 11-17. Created in 1995, NALW inspires assisted living communities to host a variety of events and activities to celebrate... Read More

Losing Our Sense of Smell As We Age

August 25, 2022 — When we think of growing older, we often think about losing our hearing or vision. Visual impairment and hearing loss can have a major negative impact on the physical, emotional and cognitive well-being. But as we age, we can also experience changes in our sense of smell. In fact, sense of smell gradually starts to... Read More