October 22, 2018

How You Can Help a Loved One Living with Depression

  October is Depression Awareness month. Unfortunately, depression in the elderly is frequently undiagnosed, often because the person suffering from the disease doesn’t discuss it, seeing it as a sign of weakness. Symptoms of depression – exhaustion, lethargy, isolation and loss of interest in daily activities – can be signs of other medical conditions, such... Read More
October 5, 2018

Hospice and Palliative Care Can Improve Quality of Life

  October 13 is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. The day exists to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care and the needs of those living with life-limiting illnesses. Many people are reluctant to enlist the services of hospice or palliative care, because they see it as “giving up.” In truth, hospice/palliative care is... Read More
September 5, 2018

The Danger of Falls and How to Prevent Them

  September 22 is Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Focusing attention on this issue is important, because falls are the leading cause of injuries – both fatal and nonfatal – among older Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), one-fourth of adults age 65 or older falls each year. Every 11 seconds,... Read More
August 20, 2018

The Role of the Arts in Creating Wellness

  “The medical profession has come a long way in recognizing the healing benefits of art. My hope is that someday the arts will be considered as significant in everyone’s lives as breathing fresh air, eating clean foods, and performing physical exercise.” – Renée Phillips The idea that participating in creative endeavors can be a... Read More
August 6, 2018

The Essential Guide to Vaccinations for Seniors

  August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Research tells us that many seniors aren’t getting the vaccinations they should and yet, they are one of the age groups where vaccines are most important. As we age, our immune systems tend to become weaker. Vaccines help to fill the gap by proving added protection against certain... Read More
July 20, 2018

Is it Possible to Feel Young, Even as You Age?

  Stereotypes about aging abound in today’s world. This may stem from a youth-obsessed culture that tends to stigmatize the aging process. Whatever its cause, when people buy in to aging’s stereotypes, they actually risk their own health and well-being. So we thought it would be a good idea to dispel some of the myths... Read More
June 20, 2018

Staying Cool and Safe During the Heat of Summer

  Tomorrow is the first day of summer and while this often marks a time of fun and relaxation for many, for some, summer means many days of uncomfortable heat and humidity. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related death in the United States, causing hundreds of... Read More
June 5, 2018

The Importance of Staying Engaged in Life

  Numerous studies have shown that socialization is an essential element to healthy aging. Our need for connection is innate — humans are social creatures, after all. Isolation can lead to loneliness, which has been shown to have a serious negative impact on health, including increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke, and dementia. This... Read More
May 21, 2018

How Pets Can Increase Your Health and Well-Being

  Most pet owners can tell you firsthand of the joys animals bring to one’s life. In fact, bring up the subject of their pet and many people will regale you with more stories than you probably were interested in. The connection between animals and humans has existed for millennia and research has confirmed that... Read More
April 20, 2018

LifeCare Healthcare Highlight: Parkinson’s Disease

  April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, nearly one million Americans live with the disease and another 60,000 are diagnosed with the disease each year. Despite extensive research on the subject, we still don’t know for sure what causes Parkinson’s disease. Many believe that it is caused by a combination... Read More