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May 2013

Hearing Loss and Depression

Research Says Hearing Loss Linked to Depression

May 30, 2013

Hearing Loss and Depression

Many studies indicate that people with untreated hearing loss may be at an increased risk of depression. Further, when these people use hearing aids, they experience significant improvements in quality of life and a decrease in depressive symptoms. A study published in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics examined the effects of hearing aids on cognitive function and depressive signs in people 65 and older. Researchers found that after three months of using a hearing aid, all patients showed significant improvement in their psychosocial and cognitive conditions.

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Understanding the Connection

May 28, 2013

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss often occurs with age. However, research has revealed that hearing loss can actually be accelerated in patients with diabetes, especially if blood-glucose levels are not being controlled with medication and diet.

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone required to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy needed for daily life. People with diabetes have too much glucose, a form of sugar, in their blood. More than half of the 16 million Americans living with diabetes are over the age of 60.

Preventing Mosquito and Tick Bites

May 23, 2013

Preventing Mosquito and Tick Bites

While tiny in size, mosquitoes can still manage to be pesky and persistent insects. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk during the warmer months.

Mosquitoes can be responsible for transmitting West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) viruses to humans. We hear a lot about these viruses during the early fall, as that’s when mosquitoes are most likely to carry them. Researchers believe West Nile and EEE are spread when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a person. While it’s rare to contract West Nile or EEE virus, severe cases can be life threatening, and old age is considered a risk factor for both viruses.

Aging Parents and Sibling Relationships

You and Your Aging Parents

May 21, 2013

Aging Parents and Sibling Relationships

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times. We're also adding new Q&As throughout the series that address topics not originally included in our eBook.

5 Expert Tips for Visiting Residents in Long-Term Care

Tips for Enjoyable Family Visits

May 16, 2013

Visiting Residents in Long-Term Care

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times. We're also adding new Q&As throughout the series that address topics not originally included in our eBook.

Mixing Medications

How to Avoid Dangerous Combinations

May 9, 2013

It’s no secret that seniors are often taking more than one prescription medication. As we age, we are more likely to develop chronic illnesses – and frequently need medication to lead healthy and active lives. However, medications in older adults come with safety concerns, especially when multiple prescriptions are involved. There are more chances for overdoses, under-doses and dangerous side effects.

7 Question to Ask Yourself About Your Aging Parents

Making decisions for elderly parents

May 7, 2013

Making decisions for aging parents

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times. We're also adding new Q&As throughout the series that address topics not originally included in our eBook.

Writers & Their Stories

History Is Made As We Age; Work & Aging Today

May 6, 2013

William Martin's The Lincoln Letter

Writing about aging spans both fiction and non-fiction but the characters, whether imagined or real, often face decisions about how they will use the wisdom they’ve earned as they age to shape their remaining years, and in many cases, the future of generations who follow them. 

William Martin, a local award-winning author of historical fiction including the recent best-selling novel The Lincoln Letters, will speak at Hebrew SeniorLife’s upcoming College of Retirement Living event, discussing how some of his most noted characters age in his stories, and how their aging is intertwined with the making of history, connecting personal destiny with our national destiny.

Fighting off Bone Disease

May 2, 2013

fighting off bone disease

Every year, nearly 1.5 million fractures are attributed to osteoporosis. But what causes bone disease and how can you protect yourself from it?

These are important questions – ones that scientists at the Musculoskeletal Research Center in Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research have devoted their careers to, as well as identifying all health risks associated with bone disease. While we know osteoporosis occurs when bodies lose bone or make too little of it, what causes bones to fracture more easily with age is still not completely understood.

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