Category Archives: Health and Fitness

September Is National Cholesterol Education Month

Did you know that September is National Cholesterol Education Month? If you haven’t given much thought about cholesterol levels for the older adult in your life or for yourself, now is a perfect time to learn a little more. First, just what is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy substance your body needs to make vitamins,…
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Breakthrough Infections With COVID: What You Need to Know

With the COVID Delta variant surging throughout Florida and the rest of the U.S., there has been a lot of talk about breakthrough infections. Breakthrough infections are COVID infections that can occur even after you are vaccinated.  Although 90% of those hospitalized with COVID in recent months are unvaccinated, that still means that a small…
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August 31 Is Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. While not the kind of day you would likely celebrate, it’s a good reminder of the role that drug overdoses and drug abuse have in our lives. The day provides a time for grieving families who have lost a loved one or who have had a loved one…
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Why Strength Training Is Important for Older Adults—and How to Get Strong

Do the senior loved ones in your life get regular exercise? Many older adults enjoy walking or water aerobics, and those can be good exercise. However, federal guidelines also address the role of strength training for all adults. In fact, those guidelines state that most adults should get 150 minutes of moderate activity a week,…
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Oral Health for Seniors

Why Oral Health Is So Important for Seniors—and How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy If you care for an older adult, you probably think about their heart health and brain health. You probably also make sure they see their primary care doctor at least once a year for regular checkups. Yet do you help them…
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10 Ways to Get Your Home Ready After Joint Replacement Surgery

As we get older, the life left in our joints—including hips and knees—may run out. When someone reaches that point where those joints just don’t work anymore, they may need a joint replacement surgery. There are more than 400,000 total hip replacement surgeries done each year in the U.S., according to the American Academy of…
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How Do You Know When an Older Adult Needs Help With Their Mental Health?

Among those age 55 and older, about 20% have a mental health concern, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include anxiety, mood disorders such as depression, and cognitive impairment.  It’s also no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic forced many older adults into isolation to stay safe. This may have helped them…
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