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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.

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. 

Arthritis Advice for Seniors

Tips to help reduce pain and improve range of motion

May 20, 2014

Arthritis Advice for Seniors

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. 

Your Guide to Healthy Summer Living

Seasons Wellness Guide by Hebrew SeniorLife

May 15, 2014

Seasons Wellness Guide

Summer is the perfect time of year to get outdoors, enjoy the sunshine and explore a new activity. In the summer edition of our Seasons Wellness Guide series, Hebrew SeniorLife medical experts provide advice and information for everyday inspiration to help you optimize your time and enjoy the season.

Access the Seasons Wellness Guide by HebrewSeniorLife Here

Hard to hear? Get checked!

Spring into Better Hearing with our expert’s advice

April 29, 2014

Hard to hear? Get checked!

Finally! Spring has arrived, and with it, the promise of warmer temperatures, longer days, and the renewal of all that winter has kept hidden for much too long. It is refreshing to see the daffodils coming to life again, the buds on the lilacs getting bigger each day, and to hear the peepers chirping at dusk each evening.

But…are you missing the sound of those peepers? Have you bluffed your way through a story your friend shared in that noisy restaurant last week, smiling and nodding, but not really able to follow the words clearly? Have you perhaps been hiding a hearing problem?

Exercise Management for Older Adults

Don’t let chronic illness get in the way of practicing healthy behaviors

March 4, 2014

Exercise Management for Older Adults

Making time for exercise is no easy matter.  We’re all occupied with our daily routines, countless activities, and projects that force us to put exercise on the back burner. 

But like anything else, those things that take hard work and commitment show the greatest results.  Yes, I’m talking about exercise. 

Symptoms and Causes of COPD

February 18, 2014

Symptoms and Causes of COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is only one of a group of closely related chronic lung diseases. It is estimated that 24 million people in the U.S. have COPD, though only about half are diagnosed.  

Improve Hearing This Year

January 14, 2014

Improve Hearing This Year

Last year I wrote about resolutions and perhaps choosing better hearing as one of yours! This year, I’m writing about some lower tech interventions for hearing loss that might be useful for any person with hearing concerns.

Shining a Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

December 17, 2013

Shining a Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s that time of year again when the days get shorter and colder.  It is also the time of year when a condition known as fall-onset seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, becomes a problem for some older adults. I have blogged about this in the past, but with the shortest days of the upon us, I thought it would be helpful to revisit, and expand on the topic.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Winter may be near, but there’s still plenty you can do for a healthy heart

December 5, 2013

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Gone is the belief that growing older means inevitable and irreversible physical decline.