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Pain, Opioids and Fall Risk

Many elders have chronic pain from musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis, from nerves damaged by diabetes or shingles, or from cancer. Consequently, more than 30 percent of people enrolled in Medicare Part D use opioid prescriptions to control pain.

5 Fun Board Games to Play With Grandparents

National Grandparents Day has been recognized as a holiday in America since 1978. Celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day each September, Grandparents Day was created “to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”

Person-Centered Cognitive Support

Millions of Americans live with cognitive change, a decline of mental functioning that can affect memory, reasoning, language and judgment. Cognitive change, outside of the natural aging process, stems from a number of causes including head injury, stroke and neurological conditions.

Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Older Adults and Retirees

It’s that time of year again: back to school. And while you might think that only applies to kids, there are actually a significant amount of older folks who choose to go back to school post-retirement. In fact, more so than prior generations, seniors are choosing to continue their educations later in life, proving that it’s never too late to learn something new.

The Connection Between Magazines and Falling

It’s irritating when you open a magazine and a bunch of subscription postcards fall out and scatter on the floor. For frail elders with poor balance, this irritation becomes a health hazard, as they can fall if they bend over to pick up the cards that have fallen out of magazines.

Sleep Apnea and Seniors

It’s hard to dispute the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Sleep, or lack thereof, can affect everything from your weight, to your emotions, to your cognitive abilities. If your sleep is disrupted during the night, chances are you’re not going to be functioning at your best level the next day. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that does just that—it disrupts your sleep by interrupting your breathing throughout the night.

Signs of Elder Abuse and What You Can Do to Help

At first, the actions may seem quite innocuous. An unpaid bill. The purchase of an item the older person does not need. The explanation that “she fell” or “he ran his wheelchair into the table.”

How to Lose Weight as You Age

Have you been struggling to lose weight? Or, have you noticed that your diet hasn’t changed but you seem to be putting on weight? You’re not alone.

Fall Vegetable and Herb Gardening

Put on your brimmed hat, gloves and clogs. Stretch your green thumb. The sizzling days of summer are fading to the refreshing temperatures of fall—the perfect time for planting cool-season vegetables and herbs. Artichokes, spinach, radishes, cilantro and parsley are favorite headliners of late-season gardens. Whether you are new to garden planting or know your way around compost and N-P-K ratios, we’ve got several tips and reminders for your fall gardening.

Bell’s Palsy vs. a Stroke

Bell’s palsy is a temporary paralysis of the face caused by inflammation, compression or trauma to the facial nerve. Typically, the disorder only affects one side of the face, and the resulting physical distortion occurs suddenly and peaks within 48 hours. Because of the facial paralysis and possible affected speech, Bell’s palsy may be confused with a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), but Bell’s palsy is not connected with either of these conditions.