Category: Aging Well

Planning to “retire” from driving

Planning to "retire" from driving

Did you know that we usually outlive our ability to drive safely by six to ten years? As we age, we naturally modify how we drive to address physical changes: Stiff joints, poor vision, slow reflexes. But a time will come when it’s simply unwise to continue behind the wheel. We do plenty of planning …

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Age-friendly exteriors

Age-friendly exteriors

When imagining an age-friendly house, many people think of ramps for wheelchairs and walkers. Indeed, ramps are essential—if and when they are needed. There are, however, modifications for the outside of a home that simply make daily life and basic maintenance easier. They help prevent falls by addressing the common conditions of arthritis, poor eyesight, …

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Splitting the pie fairly

Splitting the pie fairly

Thinking about your estate, you may be inclined to leave different amounts to your children. You love them “equally,” but you acknowledge they are individuals with specific needs. Check out our Aging Well blog to explore the ways you can have your bequests reflect your wisdom and insight with a minimum of resistance.

The Cancer You Can See – Skin Cancer

by Hannah Skin cancer is very common. In fact, one in every three cancers diagnosed are classified as skin cancer. But what is skin cancer? The Epidermis (skin) is made up of four different types of cells Merkel, Langerhans, Keratinocytes, and Melanocytes. Skin cancer occurs when irregular skin cells form to create a malignant or …

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How do Shingles Affect the Elderly and the Immunocompromised?

by Hannah Turk Simply put, Shingles is an attack on the body’s immune system. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection that causes a painful skin rash which often include blisters. The blisters most commonly appear in a stripe like pattern, entering at the roots of nerves and follows them to the …

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Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and what you can do

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the medical name for memory problems that exceed the “normal forgetfulness of aging” but are less than associated with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. If you have received a diagnosis of MCI, you are at risk for continued significant cognitive decline. Each year about 10–15% of persons with MCI receive an Alzheimer’s …

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“Can we hug yet?”

Yes, if you are fully vaccinated! It’s a different world in many ways:Gathering indoors People nearby whom your loved one knows are vaccinated can now visit together indoors. No need for masks or social distancing. Have a few friends over and celebrate! One household of unvaccinated people can even visit with those in a vaccinated …

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Taking Care of Your Heart is Always Important

Functions of the Heart Our heart is a muscle, divided into 4 chambers. The right and left atriums occupy the upper chambers while the right and left ventricles fill the bottom chambers. The right side of the heart receives blood from the body and pumps it through the lungs to re-oxygenate the blood. The left …

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“Is it Alzheimer’s?”

If you have trouble finding words, you may be worried that this is early-stage Alzheimer’s. Not so! For guidance concerning Alzheimer’s (or even dementia generally) versus the normal forgetfulness of aging, check out our Aging Well Blog.

Driving as we age

Irritating but true: Aging brings changes that make safe driving more of a challenge. Slower reflexes. Reduced vision and hearing. Difficulty concentrating. Less flexibility in the neck and shoulders. Fortunately, these changes do not come on suddenly. And adjustments in driving habits can offset them such that older drivers can be much safer than their …

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