Monthly Archives: September 2018

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Does Mom have a drinking problem?, September 24, 2018

Alcohol use is on the rise among older adults. And it’s not easy to spot. Many of the signs resemble common problems of aging. And who wants to think that when Mom stumbles, for instance, it might be because of drink?! There’s a lot of shame associated with drinking, so older adults—especially older women—often hide […]

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Balance exercises to prevent falls, September 17, 2018

If remaining independent is a goal for your older relative, bringing some balance to his or her life is essential—balance exercise, that is. All it takes is short but consistent focus for Mom or Dad to significantly reduce the chance of a fall. In one study, two 15-minute sessions of balance exercises over a six-month […]

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Reducing the risk of falling, September 10, 2018

Has your mother fallen recently? She’s not alone! One out of four adults 65 and over experiences a fall each year. That makes falls the leading cause of injury for older adults. Falls are serious business.  A few statistics: In the U.S. an older adult dies once every 20 minutes as a result of a […]