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Seniors and Alcohol Abuse

Posted on: March 30 2015

By Loren Stein, M.A. If you're over 60, you may use alcohol in much the way you did when you were younger. You may have a glass of wine at a meal, a beer or two at a ball game, or a gin and tonic at a party with friends. And if your doctor says it's fine for you to drink, there's probably nothing wrong with it. But if you've found yourself feeling tense and irritable when you're not drinking, you may have a problem. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and...

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It’s National Nutrition Month

Posted on: March 23 2015

from Feeding America More than 49 million Americans struggle with hunger. People who struggle to get enough to eat often have a hard time getting enough of the kinds of foods that help promote an active healthy life—foods like fresh fruits and vegetables; whole grains; lean proteins; non-fat and low-fat dairy. Join Feeding America to help families get the food they need to stay healthy and strong.

Visit the Feeding America Healthy Food Bank Hub for tips on living a healthier life Join the conversation on Twitter at#hungerandhealth Watch our video about Illuminating Intersections: Hunger and...

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Fall prevention: Simple tips to prevent falls

Posted on: March 02 2015

Falls put you at risk of serious injury. Prevent falls with these simple fall-prevention measures, from reviewing your medications to hazard-proofing your home. By Mayo Clinic Staff Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it's important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn't need to rule your life. Instead, consider six simple fall-prevention strategies.

1. Make an appointment with your...

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February is American Heart Month

Posted on: February 02 2015

Sponsor: The American Heart Association Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.  Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

How can American Heart Month make a difference? ...

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Tai Chi for Seniors Benefits Both Body and Mind

Posted on: January 26 2015

by Mark Huntsman  For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Because Tai Chi can be done indoors or out, and as a group activity or by yourself, it suits both people who like to work out alone at home and those who prefer to get their exercise in a social setting.

Ancient Tradition Meets Effective Exercise

Developed in China more than 2,000 years ago, Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that’s been described as &ldquo...

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Information Sites for Seniors Citizens

Posted on: January 12 2015


On this site, you'll find resources for caregivers, consumer protection information, education, jobs, and volunteer opportunities, creating a will, contact information for federal and state agencies and resources for grandparents who raise their grandchildren. You can also find health-related information, housing resources, retirement resources, and travel discounts.


AARP.org has articles senior citizens may be interested in reading. It also has information on health, money, leisure activities, family issues and an online community you can participate in and meet other seniors.


This is another great site for...

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Mature Matters: Putting an End to Elder Abuse

Posted on: January 05 2015

By Sarah Lemnah

Elder Abuse is one of the most underreported crimes. Its victims are often isolated or are dependent on their abusers for their care. It is estimated that 1 in 10 American seniors have been abused and the vast majority of their abusers (approximately 90 percent) were family members. In 2009, $5.3 billion was spent on the direct medical costs associated with violent injuries to seniors, while victims of senior financial exploitation were estimated to have lost $2.9 billion.

Many seniors are at high risk to be physically, emotionally and sexually abused. In addition, many seniors fall victim to...

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