For Seniors

Encouraging seniors to stay healthy—from owning pets to driving to monitoring medications. Select from the many informative articles below.

When Grandpa Drinks Too Much

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) says that alcohol abuse among seniors may be a growing and complicated problem.

Sorting Through the Confusion of Dementia

Dementia is a major cause of cognitive failure—a breakdown in the process by which knowledge is acquired, retained, and used. About 15 percent of persons over age 65 have some form and degree of cognitive failure.

Questions are Key When Evaluating Nursing Homes

Often the images people have about these places can be unsettling, but your search will be less stressful when you know what to look for.

Travel While You Learn: Elderhostel

Elderhostel believes that learning is a lifelong process that is rewarding at any age. It is inspired by the youth hostels and folk schools of Europe, but guided by the needs of older citizens.

Hiatal Hernias

A hiatal hernia is a protrusion of a portion of the stomach from its normal position in the abdomen, and may result from birth defects or injuries.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease begins subtly and progresses gradually. In many people, it begins with a tremor in the hand while the hand is at rest (but disappears during sleep).

Travel Discounts

For seniors wishing to travel, various discounts exist to help make your way around the world.

Safe Driving for Seniors

While older drivers have the benefit of years of driving experience, which lends itself to good judgment, age-related declines in vision, hearing, and reaction times can create safety hazards.

Eye Issues

A number of common eye conditions require more than simple prescription glasses. Several of these can rob seniors of their eyesight, but most can be prevented or managed adequately. The key is to detect and treat them early.

Don’t Overpay Uncle Sam

Each year, Americans overpay taxes. There are many organizations and agencies that offer free tax advice; take advantage of them.

Hearing Loss

As you age, your middle ear also ages. In fact, one-half of the population older than 75 has some degree of hearing loss.

Conquering “Gym-o-phobia”

Indoor fitness centers offer plenty of opportunities for seniors to work out at their own level.

End of Life Care

Without an advance directive, a hospital staff is legally bound to do everything possible to keep you alive, unless you or a family member objects. Seventy-five percent of Americans are in favor of advance directives, but only 30 – 35 percent actually write them.

Coping with Depression

Major depression, where everything seems essentially hopeless and meaningless, occurs commonly among seniors. Research suggests that untreated depression not only makes your life miserable, but it may shorten it too, by making you susceptible to illnesses, including cancer.

Have You Gotten Your Shots?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends flu and pneumonia shots for those 65 years and older, as well as for some younger adults. This vaccine is 70 – 90% effective; have you had yours?

Grandparenting Tips

Be part of your grandchild’s life. This means keeping up to date with things. And remember to accept generational differences in an understanding way.

Coping With Pain

Your first step toward pain relief is to discuss it in detail with your doctor. You can then receive a more effective treatment for chronic pain.

Foot Care

Years of wear and tear take their toll on our feet. Learn about the ailments and how to take care of them.

Walking: The Ideal Exercise?

Brisk walking three hours a week can have the same effect as 15 minutes of daily vigorous exercise, lowering the rate of heart attacks in women by up to forty percent! And, no special equipment or training is needed.

Long-Term Care Planning

Surveys have shown that a 65-year old person as a 43 percent chance of entering a nursing home at some point in life. It’s not too early to plan not for what you might need later. Long-term care insurance policies can make many elder care options possible.

The Joy of Volunteering

Volunteering is a way to tap your wealth of experience and wisdom and channel it into new directions, especially to areas in need.

Type 2 Diabetes

About half of all diabetes cases occur in persons 55 and older. Are you at risk?

Heart Healthy Eating

Your diet can great affect your weight–and your health. Read on to learn more.

Fitness & Training

Read on to learn more. Strength training strengthens bones and helps prevent osteoporosis.

Mental Wellness for the Holidays

It’s the season of joy, but also of overload.

Life After Loss

The loss of a loved one can be a turning point for the survivor.

Life-Long Learning

The Elderhostel Organization is answering the urges of today’s active seniors who desire to continue learning and traveling during their retirement years.

Sexuality: It’s Not Just About Viagra

Studies show that many seniors are indeed sexually inactive, but it’s not always out of choice. The first step is an honest dialogue with your doctor.

Travel Tips for Seniors

Are you taking advantage of your free time to explore the globe? Join us on one of our trips!

Living With Diabetes

The secret to living well with diabetes is to maintain your blood sugar level within the range your doctor has suggested.

Growing Concerns Over Seniors’ Health Care Needs

Today, thanks to improvements in health care and the general standard of living, one in six Americans celebrates a 60th birthday.

Considering Long-Term Care Insurance?

But while a long-term care policy may be an affordable and attractive choice for some people, for others the cost may be too great or the benefits they can afford are not sufficient for their needs.

Now Hear This!

Hearing loss that is associated with aging is the result of changes in the inner ear, most often due to the loss of cells that respond to sounds.

Legal Advice for Seniors is Free

If you live in Ohio and are age 60 or older, you can get free legal help and long-term care help over the phone by calling (513) 621-8721.

Senior Gardening

The very best gardeners are ones who have witnessed and labored through many growing seasons.

Nursing Home Placement

Planning early for nursing home placement can prevent a great deal of pressure and indecision at a later date.

Eye Diseases

Try to imagine living without the use of your most precious sense–VISION.

Service With Love

The Health Alliance offers a complimentary telephone reassurance program, Service With Love.

Medicare Changes Rules for Payment of Lab Tests

Two years ago, Medicare made some changes in the tests for which they will pay as part of an effort by the government to contain Medicare costs.

Osteoporosis And Calcium

Osteoporosis is an age-related disorder characterized by decreased bone mass and by increased susceptibility to fractures in the absence of other recognizable causes of bone less. Many factors contribute to osteoporosis; one is a calcium poor diet.

Drug Therapy In Alzheimer’s Disease

Alcohol Problems In Older Adults

Sometimes, the older adult looks at alcohol as their only friend; it keeps them from being alone; it helps deaden emotional and physical pain; and it fills time.

Foot Care

When your feet ache at bedtime after a long day, anti-inflammatory medicine such as aspirin type products can help to relieve the discomfort.

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