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Light Alcohol Consumption May Improve Memory

Many older adults are raising a toast to a new health study that shows light consumption of alcohol in older age may improve memory.

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Overdoing the Retirement Toasts

Close to 3 million Americans aged 55 and older suffer from alcohol abuse—and this figure is expected to reach nearly 6 million by 2020.

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Baby Boomers Are Staying Put

Instead of the majority of boomers retiring and downsizing to a condo or patio home, a survey by the nonprofit Demand Institute finds that nearly two-thirds of boomers are not planning to move at all once they retire.

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ONLINE BUZZ: ELDERLY DRIVERS AND ROAD SAFETY

Most older adults can drive safely well into later life, and statistically, they are some of the safest drivers on the road. When do diminishing eyesight, reflexes or memory affect being safe behind the wheel?

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Food and Cooking Safety for Senior Adults

Natural aging changes, plus common conditions like arthritis and diabetes, or side effects of some medications, can leave senior adults at higher risk for foodborne illness and food poisoning.

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Staying Active With Age

A balanced fitness approach for older adults includes endurance, strength, balance and flexibility exercises. Getting older and reaching retirement doesn’t mean you retire your body. Regular exercise for the elderly is worth its weight in healthful benefits.

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IN-HOME CARE SUPPORTS ACTIVE INDEPENDENCE FOR SENIORS

These days, we seldom read an article about healthy living that doesn’t include a reminder about the importance of exercise. Exercise benefits our hearts, lungs, muscles, bones and brains. It also reduces the risk of many health problems, from diabetes to arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Millions of Millennials

More than 80 million millennials now populate the country, surpassing the baby boomers by roughly 3 million.

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Senior Fraud Can Be a Sensitive Subject; How to Get Inactive Seniors Moving

These and other stories are in the April edition of the Caring Right at Home e-newsletter, providing information, advice and support for adult caregiving.

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TALKING TO SENIOR LOVED ONES ABOUT SCAMS

During his last visit, Jeff noticed a pile of sweepstakes notices on Dad’s desk, along with many sketchy-looking charity pitch mailings. Dad talked vaguely about an exciting investment that a new friend had clued him in on. Yet he was uncharacteristically reticent to discuss financial matters. “Stay out of my business, Jeff!” said Dad as he shoved his checkbook into a drawer.

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