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How Cataracts Affect Older Driver Safety

November 20, 2020 — Coming up Dec. 7-11 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. It’s a good time to think about any challenges an aging person may have to driving safely. At the top of the list is good vision! Because cataracts are very common among older adults, it’s important to get regular eye exams. During the exam, your... Read More

The Importance of Having Advance Directives

November 5, 2020 — Advance directives are one of those things no one really wants to talk about, but which we all need – especially older people. And the urgent care that older people often need if they have COVID-19 has made the importance of advance directives even clearer. As research from West Virginia University points out, “COVID-19 has... Read More

Could You Benefit From Having a Patient Advocate?

October 26, 2020 — When it comes to healthcare, you most likely have many years of experience talking to your doctors and discussing your treatment. As we age, however, we may face barriers or challenges that keep us from communicating as effectively as we once did or from remembering everything our doctor says. That’s why it’s a good idea... Read More

Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

October 5, 2020 — As we age, our likelihood of having chronic conditions grows. It’s common for older people to be taking multiple prescription drugs to manage or control their conditions. In fact, more than half of all people age 65 and older take four or more prescription drugs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Managing multiple prescriptions, plus... Read More

In Stroke Recovery, the First Three Months are Key

September 21, 2020 — The first three months after a stroke are thought of as the “golden” time for recovery, according to the American Stroke Association (ASA). That’s because at this early stage, the brain can most quickly adjust to the damage done by the stroke so the survivor can learn new ways to do things. Although it’s true... Read More

Charlesgate Celebrates National Assisted Living Week

September 10, 2020 — This month, Charlesgate is joining tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country in celebrating National Assisted Living Week, which runs Sept. 13-19. Charlesgate’s theme for the weeklong celebration is “WE CARE at Charlesgate Senior Living Center.”      “This year, COVID has been an enormous, unforeseen challenge that has resulted in every person working in... Read More

Your Annual Flu Shot Might Fight Alzheimer’s

August 20, 2020 — Flu season is almost upon us. People age 65 and older are at high risk for flu-related complications, so they are urged to get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. That is especially the case with the added threat of the coronavirus. And this year, when the time comes to get innoculated, there’s yet another... Read More

Keep Cool and Enjoy a Summer Read

August 11, 2020 — If you’re tired of reading about COVID-19, social distancing, and face masks, you’re not alone! How about a little summertime distraction? August is the perfect time for some lazy reading time. Find some shade, pour your favorite beverage and check out these fun stories you may have missed. The 9 Types of People You’ll Meet... Read More

Don’t Lose Sleep Over Apnea

July 22, 2020 — Are you getting enough sleep? Fully one-third of U.S. adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While some people’s lifestyles may cause them to sleep less than they should, others may have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.... Read More

How Doing Good Does Us Good

July 13, 2020 — Older adults possess a vast array of skills and experiences that can contribute to the greater good of society via volunteering. And those who do regular volunteer work benefit physically and mentally—even to the extent of lowering their risk of death, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study... Read More