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Summer Has Arrived

Staying Safe in the Heat Summertime offers the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, but seniors need to take special precautions when the temperatures rise. As weather extremes are becoming the norm, heat waves can come on suddenly and the elderly have a more difficult time adapting than those who are younger ...
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Changing Taste Buds

As you age, your ability to taste may likely diminish. There are so many factors affecting appetite and food intake in the elderly that one of the most obvious is often overlooked—taste. Changes in the body resulting from aging impact the sensory system and may result in appetite depression leading to weight ...
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More Comfort Food

Pasta and bean soup Here’s another soup staple that is super easy. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 celery ribs, thinly sliced 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 cans (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained or one bag dried beans 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ...
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Soup—the Ultimate Comfort Food

For many seniors, soup can be an ideal food choice. Particularly as winter approaches, soup becomes a nutritious staple with a multitude of benefits. We all know that Chicken Soup can alleviate the symptoms of a cold or flu. As a matter of fact, most soups, either meat based or vegetarian, ...
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The Changing Season

The Onset of Fall Can Affect Your Mood. Now that we’ve all stopped complaining about the excessive heat, be aware that the change in seasons can bring on an unexpected change in mood. Seniors are especially at risk for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression, particularly if they have ...
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Remember House Calls?

The practice of medicine has changed dramatically in the last 75 years. Most of us over 50 years old remember the doctor making house calls when we developed a virus or were physically in some form of distress. Home visits became a thing of the past when pay-as-you-go fees were replaced ...
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Seniors Commonly a Target for Fraud

Scam artists get rich on other people's Social Security, PIN or account numbers. Keep yours private. Whether over the telephone, on your doorstep or over the Internet, don't give your private financial information to a stranger or to someone with whom you haven't initiated contact. Instead, ask the person contacting you ...
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Products to Make Life Easier

Is it getting harder to turn a door knob or put on your socks? Devices are available to make daily activities easier. The Department of Education’s website, www.abledata.com, has information on more than 30,000 assistive-technology products designed to make it easier for people to do things for themselves. If you ...
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Don’t Wait Until a Crisis

With an aging population in the US, we are often faced with the realities of aging and the decisions that must be made to ensure both the comfort and safety of the people we love. This situation can be daunting—especially if you’re unprepared. If a relatively independent parent, spouse, or other ...
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How to be a Good Patient

5 Things Your Doctor Dislikes About You Don’t be labeled a ‘difficult patient’ by Nissa Simon, AARP Bulletin, December 23, 2011 Ask anyone what’s wrong with the medical profession and you’ll hear a long list of complaints: Too many pricey medications. Forever behind schedule. Always talks, never listens. Rushes me in and ...
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