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Safety Tips for Using Over-the-Counter Pain Medications

February 19, 2021 — As the opioid epidemic in America continues to claim lives, many people are turning to other ways to treat their pain. For example, many people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal pain may be advised to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This class of drugs includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and Celebrex. But while... Read More

How to Prevent High Blood Pressure

February 5, 2021 — February is American Heart Month – a great time to talk about heart health and ways to prevent heart disease. Preventing high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension, can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the following healthy living habits to prevent high... Read More

Nostalgia Can be Good for You

January 20, 2021 — We’ve all experienced nostalgia, when we remember the past fondly and perhaps wish to be back there again. Nostalgia has been a big topic during the coronavirus pandemic, with people reminiscing about their lives “in the before times.” Nostalgia often gets a bad rap – we may be admonished not to “live in the past,”... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccinations Have Begun

January 6, 2021 — We are very pleased to provide these updates about COVID-19 vaccinations at Charlesgate. We’re working in partnership with staff from local Walgreens and CVS pharmacies to provide shots for all residents and staff who want the vaccine. Senior Living Center The Senior Living Center is scheduled to begin vaccination clinics in partnership with Walgreens in... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions

December 17, 2020 — Now that the first FDA-approved vaccinations for COVID-19 are being dispensed nationwide, people have lots of questions about getting the vaccine and their activities after they get the vaccine. Here are some Q&As directly from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can find these and other Q&As here. How... Read More

Are You Getting Enough Physical Activity?

December 4, 2020 — If you’re like many people, you may not be getting the recommended daily amount of physical activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.” And, they add: “Keep in mind, some physical... Read More

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