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Another Reason to Practice Moderation on St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2019 — Did you know the Irish toast “sláinte” means “health”? Here’s a way to protect yours. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those occasions when Americans tend to drink a bit too much. It’s right up there with New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl and Cinco de Mayo. So if you’re going to take part in... Read More

March 4-10, 2019 Is World Salt Awareness Week

March 1, 2019 — What’s the most common seasoning Americans add to their food? Salt! Our bodies require a certain amount of salt (sodium). But in this country and around the world, average diners consume much more than they should. Each year, the World Health Organization holds World Salt Awareness Week to raise awareness of the problem, and to... Read More

Staying Connected When You’re On Your Own

February 15, 2019 — The oldest seniors today are the generation that parented the baby boomers. They have a lot of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — according to the U.S. Census Bureau, an average of seven family members to help keep them active, healthy and engaged. But the baby boom generation is facing a different situation as they enter... Read More

Treat Your Heart to a Cup of Coffee … or Two, or Three!

February 1, 2019 — February is American Heart Month. This celebration reminds us how important it is to make heart healthy lifestyle choices. Most of us are aware of certain things that are good for our hearts, such as quitting smoking, getting enough exercise, controlling stress, and choosing a healthy diet that is low in salt and cholesterol. Yes,... Read More

Tempted to Skip Your Workout? Blame Your Inner Caveman!

January 15, 2019 — Did you resolve to get more exercise in 2019? Two weeks into the new year, how are you doing? If you’re like many people, you’ve found yourself slacking a bit – or a lot. Before you put all the blame on your personal lack of willpower, consider some of the inborn factors that tempt us... Read More

’Tis the Season for Dry Eyes

January 1, 2019 — Brrrrr! It’s cold outside. It feels good to come into a heated home or other building—but after a while, our eyes might not agree. Heating removes moisture from the air, and as a result, our eyes can feel scratchy and irritated. If we continue to experience this problem, we might be suffering from dry eye... Read More

Want to Remember Something? Draw a Picture!

December 14, 2018 — What’s your favorite trick to remember a person’s name, a list of groceries, or a telephone number? Do you write it down? Repeat it a few times and concentrate on it? Maybe you try the old memory hack of associating a name with a picture (for example, recalling the name of Sandy Smith by picturing... Read More

Five Holiday Hazards to Avoid

December 1, 2018 — Most of us love the holidays! The lights, the food, the good company and the music all provide a boost for the spirit during the cold, dark winter. Health and safety experts often issue reminders during this time of year. Prepare foods safely. Avoid slipping on icy sidewalks. Don’t leave candles unattended. And line up... Read More

From The Alden Network Podcasts – Assisted Living

November 15, 2018 — Making the decision to help an aging adult move into assisted living can be difficult. People give so much of their time and energy to caring for a loved one with dementia or other age-related issues, that when the time comes for someone else to care for your loved one, it can be painful and... Read More

An Overlooked Side Effect of Opioid Medications

October 30, 2018 — You’ve surely read lately of the terrible opioid epidemic that is ruining—and taking—so many lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 40 people die each day from an overdose of opioid medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine. The stereotype is of a young user buying these medications on the street,... Read More