March is Social Work Month

Every day the nation’s 650,000 social workers act as advocates, champions and leaders who make our society a better place to live. For instance, school social worker Rochelle Gauthier in New Orleans advocates for children who may have been affected by gun violence and other trauma, helping them get mental health and other services they … Continue reading March is Social Work Month

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Safely Driving after 65

Almost 90 percent of older drivers don’t make vehicle safety modifications that could lower their risk of accidents or death, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The vehicle modifications include pedal extensions, seat cushions and steering wheel covers. Taking these steps is crucial because seniors aged 65 and over are more … Continue reading Safely Driving after 65

12 Ideas to Heighten a Senior’s Holiday Season

There is a lot of pressure on people to enjoy themselves during the holidays. The reality, however, is that many people feel increasingly isolated and unhappy during this season of goodwill, and elders can have an especially hard time. While aging can bring wisdom and experience, there are inevitable losses that even the healthiest seniors … Continue reading 12 Ideas to Heighten a Senior’s Holiday Season

Living Wills vs. Power of Attorney

Seniors should make their wishes about medical care known in case they become incapacitated and are unable to communicate due to illness or injury.  No family wants to be left guessing about their loved one's wishes during a medical crisis. A living will is about making your wishes known, whatever those wishes may be. Your … Continue reading Living Wills vs. Power of Attorney

Breast Cancer and Seniors

When detected early, breast cancer is treated successfully 98% of the time. Researchers continue to make impressive gains in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, the radical mastectomy, once a standard procedure for women with breast cancer, is now rarely performed. However, breast cancer in seniors … Continue reading Breast Cancer and Seniors

7 Tips for Avoiding Elderly Heat Stroke & Exhaustion

Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a real problem. In fact, a recent University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65. There are several reasons for elderly heat vulnerability. People's ability … Continue reading 7 Tips for Avoiding Elderly Heat Stroke & Exhaustion

7 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT A STROKE

Age makes us more susceptible to having a stroke, as does having a mother, father, or other close relative who has had a stroke.You can't reverse the years or change your family history, but there are many other stroke risk factors that you can control—provided that you're aware of them. "Knowledge is power," says Dr. … Continue reading 7 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT A STROKE