Surprising Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, implicated in one out of every four deaths annually. The main risk factors for heart disease are well-known: smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, and stress. But research has uncovered several other risk factors that might surprise you. Noise We [Read More]

Mom lives alone, 50 miles from you and your siblings. She’s close enough for you to get there whenever you need to, but far enough that none of you can keep tabs on her diabetes and arthritis as easily as you’d like. There’s good news for you — and all the other long-distance caregivers in [Read More]

A Johns Hopkins study suggests that dementia is an even greater problem than we realize. According to the researchers, a significant majority of seniors with dementia are undiagnosed — or are not aware that they have been diagnosed. The greatest risk factor for a senior being unaware of their diagnosis? Going to the doctor alone. [Read More]

The 3 Most Common Causes of Shaking

If your hands tremble, you might immediately think of Parkinson’s disease, but there are many causes of shaking hands. In fact, most people have a tremor in their hands, though it may only be noticeable when they hold their arms straight out in front of them. Although tremors most commonly appear in hands, they also [Read More]

Catching the Flu is Easier Than You Realize

We all know that the flu is transmitted through contact with sneezes, coughs, and other germ-laden fluids. So the best way to avoid the flu (besides getting vaccinated) is to wash your hands regularly, especially after coming in contact with a sick person or anything they came in contact with. There’s just one problem. Recent [Read More]

More than 50% of people over the age of 65 in the United States have a disabling level of hearing loss, including approximately 25% of people between the ages of 65 and 74. Numerous studies have shown a direct link between hearing loss and increased risk of anxiety, depression, and dementia. Hearing loss has also [Read More]

Living with Congestive Heart Failure   

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is the leading cause of hospitalization in seniors. Although CHF is a serious condition, its name makes it sound even worse than it is. In CHF, which is sometimes called Chronic Heart Failure, the heart has not failed completely, but it is weakened and cannot pump blood effectively. CHF is not [Read More]

Food and Heart-Health

It seems as though every day you read something new about the health properties of a specific food. The problem is that every day the advice changes. Caffeine: is it good for your heart or bad for your heart? What about dairy products? Another day, another opinion. In an effort to make sense of all [Read More]

How to Keep a Frail Senior Healthy and Happy

Beacon of LIFE, in Oceanport, NJ, is a government-approved PACE program that allows frail seniors — those who are certified as meeting the need for nursing home level of care— the ability to live healthy lives in their own homes. Hard to believe? It’s true. We do it by prioritizing preventive care, and by having [Read More]

5 Ways to Deal with Morning Stiffness

Aching joints and stiffness (in particular, morning stiffness) are well-known to those who suffer from arthritis — especially to those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. However, as we age, it becomes a common problem for most people. Many seniors feel enough stiffness and pain in the morning that it can be difficult for them to [Read More]

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