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

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

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

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

How to Deal with an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

—   Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia is almost always a devastating event – one that more than 7 million people around the world face every year. Both the patient and their family members are now faced with an uncertain future. Amidst the fears and anxiety, it may be hard... Read More

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

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

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

How to Celebrate Your Mom on Mother’s Day When She’s Living with Dementia

—   Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Millions of Americans will be making brunch reservations, buying and sending flowers, and buying presents for their moms. But for someone whose mother is living with dementia, finding an appropriate way to celebrate the day may be a challenge. The day may no longer have any meaning... Read More

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