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Woman with a urinary tract infection.
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body (behind respiratory infections). These infections of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra cause more than eight million visits to health care providers in the U.S. Most UTIs affect the lower urinary tract—the bladder (cystitis) and urethra (urethritis...
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I f you are over 50, your age is a major risk for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a painless disease that’s a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. Smoking doubles that risk, and other factors related to the disease include a family history, obesity, white race, and being a woman. In AMD, the cells in your macula—a small area of the retina that contains light-sensing...
Woman vacuuming for exercise.
Everyone wants energy so they can do the things they want to do. It is well known that exercise can confer this needed energy and is good for your health in practically every way. But can you keep your energy up if you can’t exercise for a few days, or just don’t feel like it? Fuel up “You need proper nutrients to have energy to function,” says George Hennawi, M.D., medical director of the Center...
Erickson Living’s Memory Care approach in its comprehensive Memory Support program includes trained and dedicated professional staff who design and lead structured activities seven days a week.
Editor’s note: This article, which describes Memory Care, is the last in a three-part series about components of Erickson Living’s comprehensive Memory Support program. I n December, we wrote about Memory Fitness, designed for people who want to keep their memory sharp. Last month, we described the Memory Health program, which is for people who have early to moderate dementia-related diseases...
Two senior friends in their gardening hats.
Edith C. remembers how she used to have a long list of friends. “When I was a child in school, making friends was effortless,” she says. “While I was working and raising my two children, it was also easy. I spent time with my closest friends practically every weekend.” Like many seniors, Edith C.’s list of friends has decreased as the years go by. Relocation, retirement, or simply drifting apart...
Senior couple sitting on a bench.
E rickson Living has developed a three-fold Memory Support approach that promotes an individual’s cognitive health and wellness no matter where they live in their Erickson Living community. Memory Fitness highlights strategies to help individuals stay cognitively sharp, taking advantage of the community’s resources of fitness, dining, socialization, and brain-stimulating classes. Memory Health...
Memory fitness
H ave you ever misplaced your car keys? Or drawn a blank on someone’s name? Or gotten to the store but couldn’t remember why? You’re not alone; we’ve all been there! Thankfully, Dr. Gary Small and his wife Gigi Vorgan have been researching patterns of memory and forgetfulness for years. Their encouraging work at the UCLA Longevity Center has been published in best-selling books such as The Memory...
Person with seasonal affective disorder.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a short-term condition characterized by symptoms of depression. Although it can happen any time of year, most people are affected in fall and winter. Less exposure to outdoor light is thought to be a main trigger for winter SAD. It disrupts your biological clock, which may lead to fewer natural brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that regulate your mood. What...