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A woman works with a music therapist

Music therapy as a professional specialty didn’t come about until after World War II, when musicians visited veterans hospitals to entertain the patients who were dealing with physical and emotional trauma. Hospital staff noticed the significant positive responses by patients—both physically and mentally—and requested that the musicians be hired as employees. 

A man comforts a sad looking woman.

Feeling lonely and sad this holiday season? It could be more than what people call “the blues.”

Erickson Advantage plans offer many benefits to members, but you need to be an Erickson Living resident to take advantage of these services.

Medicare Advantage plans are more popular than ever. Since 2004, the number of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans has more than tripled—from 5.3 million to 19 million in 2017—that’s over one-third of all Medicare beneficiaries.

An older man clutches his stomach in pain

The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) began in earnest in 1897 when the Bayer company put aspirin on the market. Since then, many NSAIDs have been developed (see sidebar for examples). 

How NSAIDs work

Mediterranean diets are high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, fish, and plant-based fats and low in meats and dairy.

If you think revamping your diet isn’t going to make much difference for your health or longevity, think again. 

A blue ribbon represents prostate cancer

With many cancers, regular screening, detection, and prompt treatment can extend your life. For some men, especially older men, this may not be necessarily the rule for prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men. That’s because prostate cancer is so slow-growing, you may be more likely to die from something else before the cancer would become a problem.

Several candy colored medications are shown here poured out of the bottles

According to a 2017 report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, one in three Medicare beneficiaries has five or more chronic conditions. So it’s no surprise that 40% of adults over age 65 take five or more medications, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. Unlike some other medical conditions, it doesn’t occur because of age-related wear and tear on an organ (in this case, the pancreas). Rather, the problem is the trillions of cells throughout your entire body.

Donuts and candies sit next to a layer of sugar, in which someone has written "sugar"

Your digestive system changes carbohydrates into sugar—blood sugar called glucose—and it uses this vital fuel as energy for every cell in your body. 

Sugar and your body

If sugar is so essential to survival, why is dietary sugar a bad thing? After all, Mother Nature has made sugar in various forms an integral part of many foods.