Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Flu Shots in 2021: What You Need to Know

Don’t forget to get your flu shot this fall! With all the talk nowadays about COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, it’s easy to forget the need for a flu shot. However, flu shots are more important than ever, especially in those age 65 and over. Here’s why. In those age 65 and older, the risk…
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Driving and Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2: When to Take Away the Keys

Last month, we shared an article about warning signs that indicate that an older adult may need to stop driving due to brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. This month, our article continues with a focus on what to do if the loved one in your life must stop driving.  The driving/not driving conversation with…
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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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