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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

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

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

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