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Travel Tips for Senior Airline Passengers

June 1, 2019 — Whether it’s a trip to see the grandkids, or to see the world, traveling by plane usually goes more smoothly with some advance planning. Air travel is not the luxury it once was! Remember the days when you would get all dressed up for a plane trip? Chances are there would be an empty seat... Read More
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Is High Blood Pressure Inevitable as We Age?

May 15, 2019 — May 17, 2019 is World Hypertension Day. This global, annual event is held to increase awareness of high blood pressure, which raises our risk of heart disease, kidney problems, stroke, vision loss and even Alzheimer’s disease. Many Americans believe that hypertension is just a part of growing older, and assume that our blood pressure inevitably... Read More
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Exercise for Bone Health

May 1, 2019 — Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that can rob us of our independence as we grow older. This condition affects millions of seniors. It weakens the bones and is a major cause of back pain, spinal problems and broken bones—including serious hip fractures. To an extent, our risk of developing osteoporosis is genetic, but... Read More
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Resident Celebrates 102nd Birthday

April 25, 2019 — Elvira Giles, an Alden Valley Ridge resident, celebrated her 102nd birthday on April 20 and the community threw her a fun-filled party! Asked her secret for her longevity, Elvira replied, “I just relax and do what I like to do. I don’t force myself to do anything that isn’t fun for me anymore.” Happy Birthday,... Read More
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Distracted Driving Is a Growing Safety Hazard

April 15, 2019 — We see them all the time. Those folks on the expressway, doing everything you can imagine while driving … what are they thinking? “I’m so late and the traffic is so bad. I’d better send a quick text to my boss.”  “Oh look, what a cool sunset … I’ll take a picture!”  “No time for... Read More
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Unpacking the Mysteries of Laughter

April 1, 2019 — Most of us do like a good laugh. By now, you’ve probably read that laughter is good for our health—but why? How does that work? Modern brain imaging offers insights and shows that “laughter is the best medicine” isn’t just a cliché. Humor protects our brains. Researchers are using brain imaging to actually watch the... Read More
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Another Reason to Practice Moderation on St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2019 — Did you know the Irish toast “sláinte” means “health”? Here’s a way to protect yours. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those occasions when Americans tend to drink a bit too much. It’s right up there with New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl and Cinco de Mayo. So if you’re going to take part in... Read More
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March 4-10, 2019 Is World Salt Awareness Week

March 1, 2019 — What’s the most common seasoning Americans add to their food? Salt! Our bodies require a certain amount of salt (sodium). But in this country and around the world, average diners consume much more than they should. Each year, the World Health Organization holds World Salt Awareness Week to raise awareness of the problem, and to... Read More
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Staying Connected When You’re On Your Own

February 15, 2019 — The oldest seniors today are the generation that parented the baby boomers. They have a lot of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — according to the U.S. Census Bureau, an average of seven family members to help keep them active, healthy and engaged. But the baby boom generation is facing a different situation as they enter... Read More
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Treat Your Heart to a Cup of Coffee … or Two, or Three!

February 1, 2019 — February is American Heart Month. This celebration reminds us how important it is to make heart healthy lifestyle choices. Most of us are aware of certain things that are good for our hearts, such as quitting smoking, getting enough exercise, controlling stress, and choosing a healthy diet that is low in salt and cholesterol. Yes,... Read More