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Yom Kippur Fasting Exceptions

Is it safe for seniors to fast on Yom Kippur?

September 25, 2014

Is it safe for seniors to fast on Yom Kippur?

For many Jewish elders, fasting on Yom Kippur is a religious and cultural imperative as well as a life-long tradition. In fact, many seniors who may not be traditional in other ways continue the practice of abstaining from all food on this holiest day of the Jewish year, the Day of Atonement.

But is it safe for seniors to fast? And what does Judaism have to say for those whose health issues may make fasting dangerous?

Hearing Aid Innovations

Smart Phones, Smart Hearing Aids!

September 9, 2014

Smart Phones, Smart Hearing Aids!

Almost all of my hearing aid patients ask me “what’s new” in the world of hearing aids when they come in for their check ups.

Like all technology, there is almost always something new! I generally tell my patients that each hearing aid manufacturer will roll out a new product 1-2 times a year. Does this make their current product obsolete? No. But, for those who might be in the market for new hearing aids, or, those who always seek the latest products, asking about the new developments is wise.

How to Reduce Hip Fracture Risk

Consuming a Dose of Dairy a Day Can Help Keep Hip Fractures Away!

September 2, 2014

How to Reduce Hip Fracture Risk

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become weak and are more likely to break. People with osteoporosis most often break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for broken bones. Therefore, researchers are continuing to work towards finding strategies to improve bone health and decrease osteoporosis risk.

An Important Vaccine for Seniors

National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to ask your PCP about this “3-in-1”vaccine

August 26, 2014

An Important Vaccine for Seniors

Generally speaking, seniors want to do all they can to stay healthy. Sometimes my patients tell me there’s just too much information available, and they are not sure what advice is important and should be followed. A question I hear over and over again is: What vaccines do I really need?

While every person is different and needs to consult with his or her primary care clinician, I find myself telling more and more of my patients about Tdap. This vaccine is one way to protect yourself from serious and sometimes life threatening diseases.

6 Safety Tips for Older Adults This Summer

July 1, 2014

6 Safety Tips for Older Adults This Summer

Young and old alike love summer. It’s a time to be with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors and celebrating with festive picnics and activities. Because we tend to be more active during warmer months, summer can pose additional health and safety risks, particularly for older adults. Use the following 6 tips as a guide to ensure a memorable and safe summer.               

Healthiest States for Seniors

Similarities in best practices between America's Health Rankings and Hebrew SeniorLife

June 24, 2014

Healthiest States for Seniors

According to America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2014, seniors in Massachusetts are some of the healthiest in the United States. Rated using a broad spectrum of wellness criteria, only three states outrank us and one of those is Hawaii ­­–which I say is not fair competition!

According to their website, “America’s Health Rankings is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis,” and the report analyzes “the health of the nation holistically, with in-depth data and analysis.”

Healthy Eating For Successful Living in Older Adults

Free program helps seniors better manage their health through nutrition

June 19, 2014

Healthy Eating For Successful Living in Older Adults

Healthy eating and physical activity are important at any age, but they can be critical to prevent the development and progression of chronic disease in older adults. Our Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults™ program helps participants better manage their health through nutrition and activity.

Most program participants have one or more chronic conditions, like diabetes or heart disease. But the program also benefits individuals who have been healthy and active throughout their lives and want to be more proactive about wellness.

HSL Marks Cataract Awareness Month

What you should know about this common age-related eye disorder

June 12, 2014

Cataract Awareness Month

By age 75, about 70% of seniors have cataracts, one of the most commonly diagnosed eye disorders in older adults. June is National Cataract Awareness Month,  which makes it a great time to remind older adults to get their eyes checked, especially if they have vision problems that interfere with daily activities.

Think of cataracts as the late stage of a continuum of age-related eye changes. As we get older, the part of the eye called the crystalline lens starts to harden, making it more difficult to focus. Cataracts take that process a step further — the normally transparent lens gets cloudy or opaque over time, causing vision problems.

Thyroid Problems and Older Adults

Thyroid disease is more common as we age — and more difficult to diagnose

May 27, 2014

Thyroid Problems and Older Adults

Your 68-year-old mother isn’t acting like herself lately — she seems a little down and unfocused. Is she depressed? Are these early symptoms of dementia? You may be surprised to learn that thyroid disease could be another possible cause.

Thyroid disease is fairly common, and occurs most often in aging women. It can be difficult to diagnose in the elderly because the symptoms can mimic those of many other diseases — or the normal signs of aging. 

What is the thyroid? Located in the neck, this butterfly-shaped gland produces a hormone that controls the metabolism: It helps the body use energy and stay warm, and keeps organs like the brain and heart functioning properly.

Arthritis Advice for Seniors

Tips to help reduce pain and improve range of motion

May 20, 2014

Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints caused by the breakdown of cartilage, the spongy tissue that covers the ends of bones. There are different types of arthritis, but the most common is osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis— it occurs most often in the knees, hips, lower back, neck, or joints of the fingers, thumb and big toe. 

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