By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on September 27, 2021

Even though researchers still have quite a bit to learn about Alzheimer’s, they’ve spent the last few decades identifying some of the most common risk factors. Genetics play a major role in this disease, but certain habits and environmental situations can impact a senior’s cognitive health as well. Here are…

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on September 13, 2021

Teenagers with grandparents living nearby can benefit tremendously by spending time with them. Here are six ways to nurture closeness between grandparents and grandchildren. 1. Playing Classic Card Games Grandparents can show teens how to play bridge, rummy, canasta, or pinochle. Here’s a memory game to sharpen the recall of…

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on August 23, 2021

According to the World Health Organization, more than 150 million people are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus. In the United States, an estimated 3.2 million people have some form of hepatitis infection. The scary part is most people don’t even know they’re infected because they don’t look or…

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on August 9, 2021

Seniors are readmitted to the hospital for many reasons. However, certain diagnoses can raise the risk of readmission more than others. While readmissions may be unavoidable in certain cases, there are things you can do for your aging loved one to lower the risk. Here are some common diagnoses that…

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on July 26, 2021

Every stroke survivor is different. Each recovers at his or her own pace, with recovery also linked to the parts of the brain that were affected. One thing that’s universal among almost all stroke survivors is a desire to regain as much independence as possible, often starting with efforts to…

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on July 12, 2021

For optimal health, older adults should get a good night’s sleep every night. In fact, regular sleep is vital for longevity and long-term wellness. However, a large number of seniors experience unsatisfying sleep, and it’s particularly common for older adults to have problems getting consistent, high-quality rest when they have…

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on June 28, 2021

A cup of coffee in the morning doesn’t just taste good. It also serves a greater purpose by putting people on a path to better health. Caffeine is popular around the world for the stimulating effects it has on the central nervous system, but it has also been proven to…

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on June 14, 2021

If you haven’t done a recent review of your senior loved one’s medications, there’s no better time than now. To help you get started, here’s a medication checklist for caregivers and family members. Keep an Updated List of All Medications Whether your loved one takes one pill a day or…

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on May 24, 2021

Arthritis symptoms like joint pain are often less noticeable when temperatures are warmer, but some seniors experience worsening symptoms. Here are a few ways your senior loved one can fight arthritis pain in the summer weather. Perform Low-Impact Activities Regular exercise is usually recommended to reduce the pain and stiffness…

By Steve Hanson, 9:00 am on May 10, 2021

Family caregivers are often thrust into their roles, but taking a little time to make sure this is what you want to do is important for your wellbeing. Being aware of these important aspects of being a caregiver may help you feel confident about taking on the responsibility of caring…