Topic: Health & Wellness


Aging & Caregiving in the News

Creating a family health history; relieving anxiety with video games; good feelings from giving to others.

Wordfind: Keeping Fit When It's Cold Outside

Give your brain a workout with this puzzle, which contains 20 words having to do with winter fitness.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Falls

September 23, 2019 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day—a great time to learn more about preventing dangerous falls among older adults.

Helping Senior Living Residents Avoid Unhealthy Weight Gain

Skilled nursing facilities have long been concerned about helping residents keep their weight up. Increasingly, they are focusing on the opposite challenge!

Aging & Caregiving in the News

In this issue: back pain can shorten life; fighting ageist "microagressions"; apathy in people with memory loss.

Wordfind: 20 Ingredients for Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month! Take a coffee break and try your hand at this month's puzzle.

Overcoming an Epidemic of Senior Loneliness

Today, say experts, more older adults are experiencing a sense of isolation—and this is very bad for their health. Here are some tips for staying connected even if we have health challenges.

Staying Active When You Have Arthritis

Appropriate exercise is one of the best treatments for this painful condition, but patients often hesitate to work out, being unsure if it's safe. Our staff can help!

Infographic: "How Are Mom and Dad Doing?"

Check out this handy checklist before your summer trips to visit senior relatives.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Senior moments explained; caregiver siblings aren't sharing the workload; will our Facebook pages live on after us?

Seniors Can Get Help Paying Energy Costs During the Hot Summer

The National Council on Aging shares information about benefits programs to help seniors cool their homes during this time of year.

Wordfind: Grow Better Health With Gardening

Give your brain a workout with this puzzle, which contains 20 words all about the way growing fruits, veggies and flowers provides a health boost!

It's Time to Talk About Incontinence

Millions of older adults suffer in silence with this common problem—and that silence can prevent them from taking advantage of treatments that can really help.

Six Ways to Get Vision Coverage When You Retire

Many people are unaware that Medicare won't cover routine vision care or glasses. The National Council on Aging offers some alternative ideas.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Updates about farmers market food safely, the notorious "grandparent scam," and a new Harvard study that warns companies to support employees who are also caregivers.


"Mom's in the Hospital—How Can I Help?"

Today there's an increased recognition of the importance of family caregivers as seniors recover after hospitalization for an illness or surgery.

Volunteer for Better Health

Check out this infographic that shows how we help ourselves when we help others!

 

Good Nutrition Helps Seniors Manage Chronic Health Conditions

March is National Nutrition Month. Eating well is so important for people who are living with diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis or other common health challenges.

Aging & Caregiving In the News

Seniors benefit from yoga and Pilates; Alzheimer's caregivers are dealing with loneliness; to remember that museum trip, leave your camera behind.

Wordfind: A Trip to the Hospital

What factors promote the best possible outcome for seniors who go to the hospital? This month's puzzle contains 20 reminders.

10 Questions to Better Understand Your Medications and Risk of Falling

The National Council on Aging asks a pharmacist about safe medication management.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Seniors are most affected during wildfires; Alzheimer's caregivers should make exercise a priority; women less likely to receive CPR.

Here Come the Holidays!

Check out this infographic with lots of ideas for winter wellness!

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Overturning a myth about end-of-life spending; new understanding about fractures and bone health; another reminder that your smartphone can keep you awake.

Wordfind: "What Shots Do Seniors Need?"

Did you get your flu vaccine yet? That’s not the only immunization older adults should get. Check out this month's puzzle for a good reminder.

Five Great Reasons to Try Tai Chi

Check out this infographic for a quick overview of this mind-body practice!

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Interesting research on heart health, the dementia diagnosis, and solving the mysteries of why we fall.

Puzzle: September Is Healthy Aging Month

Give your brain a workout by finding 20 things hidden in this wordfind!

4 More Reasons to Watch Less TV

Experts tell us that sitting around too long is bad for our health—and settling in on the couch with the remote in hand tempts us to do just that!

Simple Tips for a Healthy and Safe Cookout

The National Council on Aging offers some great advice to keep summer barbecues safe for guests of every age.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Do you drive with your dog in the car? Are you a millennial caregiver? Do you have a food allergy or intolerance? Check out the latest news.

senior asian people getting together and having a good time

Some Ways to Improve Health Are Easy and Enjoyable

We all know the “usual” ways of getting or retaining good health – eat the right foods, exercise, don’t smoke, and if you drink, do so in moderation. One of the advantages of living in a skilled nursing facility is that some of these things – such as eating nutritiously – are done for you automatically. Most nursing facilities have registered dietitians on staff, whose job it is to make sure residents are eating well. And nursing homes also have daily activities that usually include exercise or movement classes. But you still need some motivation to stick to a healthy regimen. Exercise classes aren’t mandatory and if you have a chronic condition such as arthritis, exercise may be painful. Friends and family may bring you cakes and cookies to munch on between meals. Let’s face it – staying healthy can be hard work!

What We Don't Know About Healthy Aging Might Hurt Us

Recent studies show that Americans are in the dark when it comes to their own health and safety, and this can prevent them from making good lifestyle choices.

May 13 – 19, 2018 Is National Women's Health Week

In this year when women in America are speaking out and being heard more than ever, there's a new recognition that gender equality is a healthcare issue.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Bored with your exercise routine? Lace up your ballet shoes and head to the barre!

Puzzle: Focus on Senior Women's Health

Take a coffee break and give your brain a workout!

Seniors and Nutrition: Separating Fact from Fiction

March is National Nutrition Month. Seniors may be at greater risk for malnutrition due to a range of physical, social and medical issues – from a decreased sense of taste and smell to living alone to chronic illness.

Does Hollywood Have an Ageism Problem?

Did you watch the Academy Awards? Studies say that the goal of Hollywood diversity is admirable—but the older demographic is overlooked.

Seniors and Alcohol—What's the Real Story?

The headlines can be so confusing! Having a glass of wine or two is good for your heart and brain … or is it?

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Teens aren't the only ones endangered by detergent pods; protecting vision by lowering stress; study shows family caregivers make many sacrifices.

Puzzle: March Is National Nutrition Month

Give your brain a workout by finding 20 words to inspire us to choose a diet that promotes health aging!

Should I Be Worried About My Memory?

Most of us worry, at least a little bit, when we notice those so-called senior moments — lapses of memory that may signal a serious problem, but more often are harmless and even treatable.

"What's That, Valentine? Speak Up!"

A new study examines the stresses hearing loss puts on a couple's relationship.

Get Help Paying for Hearing Aids

Medicare doesn't cover the cost of these assistive devices. The National Council on Aging shares some links to organizations that can help.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

In this issue: senior safety on the bus, understanding the results of Alzheimer's tests, and lowering our fall risk with yoga.

Puzzle: Resolve to Protect Your Memory in 2018

Give your brain a workout and find 20 memory-promoting words in this wordfind.

Portrait of happy family wearing Santa caps on Christmas Eve

Creating a Happy Holiday for Someone Living in a Skilled Nursing Facility

The holidays are a joyous time of the year, but they can also come with added stress. Shopping, getting ready for traveling, or welcoming visitors can seem overwhelming during what is usually a busy time of year. And if you have a loved one living in a nursing home, trying to include them into your holiday plans can become challenging with all you have on your plate.

Exercise and Fall Prevention: A Balancing Act

It's one of those ironies of life: Exercise is the best way to lower our fall risk, yet we might fall during our workout.

Focus on Vision During National Diabetes Month


Damage to the eye is a common complication of diabetes, but early detection can allow for treatment.

Draining the Swamp of Ageism

With our growing senior population, it's more pressing than ever to improve the ways we talk about growing older and the challenges of aging.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Imaginary memory problems could lead to the real thing; good news about coffee; and a warning about "holiday heart attacks."

Puzzle: Senior Exercise to Reduce the Risk of Falls

Learn about a safe exercise plan while you're giving your brain a little exercise, too!

Shot of a senior woman using weights with the help of a physical therapist

October is National Physical Therapy Month

Physical therapy – along with other therapeutic modalities such as occupational and speech therapy – is a service more skilled nursing facilities are offering.

Men playing chess

Avoid the Dirty Dozen Enemies of Brain Health

Experts say lifestyle choices play a big part in cognitive wellness as we grow older. Check out this rogue's gallery of things to avoid.

Seniors on seminar raising hands

Learn Something New Every Day

An interesting study says our brains could benefit from learning more like we did when we were children.

Puzzle: Curiosity Is Great for Your Brain!

Find 20 lifelong learning opportunities in this wordfind.

Managing COPD in a Skilled Nursing Setting

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a variety of progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, and cystic fibrosis. According to one study, approximately 20 percent of skilled nursing facility residents have a diagnosis of COPD and it is the third leading cause of deaths in America.

Top 10 Myths About Seniors and Exercise

Gone are the rocking chair days! Most older adults and their families know how important it is to be physically active—but some misconceptions might stand in the way.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease 101: The Difference, and Why It Matters

Most people who develop dementia will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease — but it's important to know that there are other causes of dementia, and the treatment may be different

Three Things Patients Should Know About Cataracts

If we live long enough, most of us will develop cataracts, which can be very disabling. Fortunately, say eye care experts, cataract surgery can markedly improve our eyesight.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

A delicious heart health boost; another reason to put away your smartphone; doctors advised to avoid "medspeak."

Puzzle: Have a Safe, Healthy Summer

Give your brain a workout by finding 20 words about senior summer safety in this wordfind puzzle.

Could Your Bifocals Trip You Up?

Vision problems raise the risk of falls considerably, so it's important to have regular eye exams and keep your glasses prescription current. But here's a hazard you may not have considered.

Oral Health and Healthy Aging: A Powerful Connection

A prominent dentist shares important information for the National Council on Aging.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Older Americans Month 2017; doing crafts protects the brain; many seniors missing out on protection against shingles.

Puzzle: May Is Healthy Vision Month

Put on your reading glasses and give your brain a workout!




Top Five Fears About Growing Older

Many younger people feel apprehensive about aging. This could actually stand in the way of having the old age they would want.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Your pet doesn't want you to smoke; overmedication linked to frailty; seniors get the most out of volunteering.

Puzzle: Speak Out Against Ageism

Did you know that having a negative attitude about older adults can shorten your life? Give your brain a workout with this month's wordfind, and learn more.

Having breakfast together

How Skilled Nursing Facilities Help Seniors Through the Post-Holiday Blues

There has been an enduring myth that suicides peak in December, as those who may be experiencing loss or heartache are unable or uninterested in partaking in the season’s festivities. But according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the suicide rate is actually lowest in December. It’s the post-holiday season that may bring a greater risk of depression.

National Council on Aging Offers Fall Prevention Resources

Winter brings with it a higher risk of falling. The National Council on Aging offers some tips to lower the risk.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

The CDC recommends mall walking; your smoke alarm has a "pull date"; does the language we use about Alzheimer's disease affect those who are living with it?

Turn Excuses Into Exercise!

Now that the days are cooler and the holidays are upon us, it can be tempting to skip our workout. Before you do, read this first.

Supporting Loved Ones Who Have Sensory Loss

Diminished vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch can have a big impact on the well-being of seniors, but there's plenty family can do to keep them healthy and involved.

Did You Get Your Flu Shot Yet?

The National Council on Aging shares some important information about flu season 2016 – 2017.

Aging & Caregiving in the News

Read about a hidden danger of pill organizers; the vital need for adaptive clothing; and a study that turns the "grouchy old man" stereotype on its ear.

Puzzle: Building a Great Senior Exercise Program

Give your brain a workout with this month's wordfind!

Young nurse and female senior in nursing home, the old lady sitting in a wheel chair

Helping a Loved One Move into a Skilled Nursing Facility

Making a move to a new home can be stressful. For those moving into a skilled nursing facility, the stress can seem overwhelming – not only does one have to adjust to a new living space, but there also are the added stressors of concerns about privacy, health and well-being.

Should Seniors Get a Pet?

Pet ownership saves $11.7 billion per year in healthcare costs, say experts. Is an animal companion a good choice for you or older loved ones?

Stigma Prevents Seniors from Accessing Benefits

The well-being of many older adults depends on government benefits. Yet some seniors feel ashamed to access the benefits they’ve earned.

Aging and Caregiving in the News

Texting affects the "sixth sense" that protects us while driving; family may notice a loved one's memory loss first; do you have "gamer's thumb"?

Puzzle: Generations Together

September 11 is National Grandparents Day. Give your brain a workout with this month's puzzle, a reminder of the many ways people of every age can have meaningful contact.

Experts Urge Seniors to Spend More Time in Nature

"Go outside and play," Mom used to say. Now it's our turn to encourage our elder loved ones to enjoy the great outdoors.

Old ladies keeping entertained by nurse in care home

Activities at Skilled Nursing Facilities – It's Not Just About Bingo

Staying socially engaged as we age is an essential component to our overall health and well-being. Several studies have shown that people who are more social get sick less and have healthier minds.

No Miracle Drug for Healthy Aging

Seniors are often targeted by companies that sell useless products claiming to reverse aging or cure age-related health conditions.

Aging and Caregiving in the News

The value of elders; exercise protects against Alzheimer's disease; when to collect Social Security

New Concerns About Senior Medication Safety

Startling new studies show older adults are at higher risk of harmful drug interactions.

Protect Your Brain by Controlling High Blood Pressure

Here's even more incentive to monitor your hypertension.

Aging and Caregiving in the News

Seniors and robots; the value of giving advice; report shows Alzheimer's caregivers suffer financial hardship.

Music Is a Powerful Tool for Healthy Aging

Offering physical, emotional, neurological and social benefits, music might be considered a wonder drug.

Six Little-Known Medicare Preventive Coverages Everyone Should Use

When it comes to senior wellness, prevention and early detection of health problems is a powerful force.

Aging and Caregiving in the News

Super Bowl loss can be hard on the heart; ageism linked to dementia; how well do seniors find healthcare information online?

Heart Smart Wordfind


February is American Heart Month. Think a heart smart lifestyle is bland or boring? That couldn’t be farther from the truth!