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October 28, 2020

Managing Stress and Depression in Trying Times

We at LifeCare Advocates have been hearing about general underlying stress from so many people these days. The presidential election is very divisive, a second wave of COVID-19 infections is looming, and social problems are driving unrest. Millions of people are newly unemployed or under-insured, or both. Older people, especially, are stressed. They may be... Read More
September 21, 2020

How to Strengthen Your Resilience

September is Healthy Aging Month, a 20-year-old celebration of the ways we can all ensure our well-being as we get older. Whether it’s taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise, we can all take steps at any age to improve how we feel tomorrow. That is certainly true of resilience. Psychological or emotional... Read More
September 10, 2020

What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Planning

Thinking about future living arrangements for yourself or an older loved one can be daunting. In 2020 the realities brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have given us even more to think about. Here’s how we at LifeCare Advocates have updated our planning advice in four key areas based on what we’ve seen during this... Read More
August 10, 2020

Protect Your Health With These Vaccinations

The topic of vaccines is in the news a lot these days as scientists race to develop an immunization to fight the coronavirus. Yet as we focus on the possibility of a vaccine for COVID-19, let’s not forget the other vaccines that are currently available to protect our health, independence and even our lives. Talk... Read More
July 15, 2020

Talking to Your Loved One About Hearing Aids

When we think about health problems that might threaten the well-being of older loved ones, we usually first think of heart disease, diabetes or dementia. But according to a policy statement from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), hearing loss also is one of the top health challenges for older adults. Hearing loss... Read More
July 6, 2020

2020 Is a Great Year to Declare Your Independence From Smoking

This year’s Fourth of July celebration was a much more muted affair than usual. Many communities cancelled or downscaled their fireworks shows, parades and picnics out of precaution during the coronavirus outbreak. Even the Boston Fireworks and Pops Concert was replaced by a prerecorded presentation. But there’s another way we can celebrate independence that’s extra... Read More
June 19, 2020

We Need to Talk About Dementia

University of Michigan researchers have discovered a paradox when it comes to the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders: people overestimate their risk, yet they do little to lower their risk! The experts polled a group of people, each in their 50s and early 60s, asking their thoughts about dementia. The poll revealed that... Read More
June 10, 2020

In 2020, Senior Summer Safety Requires Extra Planning

Over the years, as public health and safety agencies have advised us to plan for disasters, “pandemic” was always on the list of possible emergencies, but seldom top of mind. That has certainly changed! But as we are working to keep ourselves and vulnerable older loved ones safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important not... Read More
May 20, 2020

Physical Activity Remains Important as We Shelter in Place

Keeping active is an essential component to aging well, but many of us look for any excuse not to exercise. Some are using the current COVID-19 pandemic as one such excuse. “My gym is closed.” “I can’t go outside to run, walk or bike.” “My yoga class has been cancelled.” But staying active during this... Read More
March 5, 2020

Eating Well Helps You Age Well

  March is National Nutrition Month, a time to bring attention to what we eat and how it can affect how we age. According to the National Institutes of Health, even if you already have one or more chronic diseases, eating well may help you better manage conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol... Read More