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When seniors and others require long or short-term assistance with daily living needs, home is the most comfortable and convenient place to receive care. The Home Option provides non-medical home carecompanion care and homemaker services to seniors, those recovering from illness or surgery and others. Care options include 24 hour live in home care and hourly care.

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Physical Fitness

Obesity is a serious condition that can easily develop in adults if they do not lead healthy lives. New research suggests adults should try for a combination of healthy behaviors in order to combat obesity later in life.

Posted: July 29, 2014, 1:39 pm

Many people coping with stressful life situations like the loss of a loved one can forget to take care of themselves. But healthy eating, regular exercise and a good night’s sleep may be key to offsetting the physical toll stress can take.

Posted: July 29, 2014, 8:00 am

Many long-distance runners are at risk of death from heart problems during races. But athletes and doctors may need to turn their attention to another risk factor.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 9:38 pm

With so many options for exercise, it can be tough to choose one that will fit into your schedule and provide the maximum health benefits. Taking up running might be one of your best bets.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 7:30 pm

Research has shown that exercise can improve health and raise mood, but the benefits might not stop there. New research suggests exercise may improve attention span.

Posted: July 27, 2014, 12:00 pm

Mental health and physical health tend to be a two-way street — each can affect the other. Having PTSD can affect both, but recent research suggests some of the physical harms associated with PTSD may be the fault of another culprit.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 1:41 pm

Technology is a powerful tool, but some experts say today's youth may devote too much time to sedentary technology use. A new study measured how much time young teens actually spend in front of a screen.

Posted: July 18, 2014, 6:24 pm

Alzheimer’s disease and the memory loss and behavioral changes that come with it can take a major toll on patients and their families. Unfortunately, the number of Alzheimer's cases continues to rise with the growing elderly population.

Posted: July 15, 2014, 7:03 pm

Work hard, get a reward. It’s a simple mindset that in many cases is hardwired into peoples’ brains. But that reward system may not always be a benefit to one's health.

Posted: July 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

Children and teens are spending less time participating in physical activities and more time indoors in front of screens. New research shows what getting some fresh air can do for young people's health.

Posted: July 10, 2014, 3:32 pm

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Alzheimer’s

Some in the medical community have zeroed in on B vitamins as having the potential to reduce Alzheimer’s risk. But recent research suggested this hypothesis wasn't true.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 7:01 pm

Activities like walking or doing mental puzzles are often associated with preventing cognitive decline. Taking a fish oil supplement may also be one of those activities.

Posted: July 17, 2014, 5:50 pm

Alzheimer’s disease and the memory loss and behavioral changes that come with it can take a major toll on patients and their families. Unfortunately, the number of Alzheimer's cases continues to rise with the growing elderly population.

Posted: July 15, 2014, 7:03 pm

As people age, there are sometimes impacts on memory, communication and other mental faculties. But could choices we make throughout life ultimately delay the onset of those conditions?

Posted: June 23, 2014, 8:09 pm

While there are ways to ease symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, there are no treatments to stop the disease itself. For that reason, many doctors and researchers have shifted their focus to finding ways to prevent the disease.

Posted: June 11, 2014, 6:32 pm

Alzheimer’s disease typically affects the area of the brain involved in memory. However, there’s a less common type of Alzheimer’s in which memory loss is not the main symptom.

Posted: May 6, 2014, 6:52 pm

Researchers continue to look for new ways to detect Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms like dementia take shape. Reliable diagnostics may increase the effectiveness of treatments.

Posted: March 24, 2014, 8:41 pm

It's been difficult to develop a treatment for early Alzheimer's disease without being able to predict who might get it. Researchers may have just found a way to tell who could be at risk for the disease.

Posted: March 10, 2014, 3:16 am

Several diseases may factor into an older, gravely ill person’s death. Alzheimer’s may be one of those diseases, but it might not be listed as the primary cause of death.

Posted: March 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease sometimes have severe agitation that needs to be managed with medication. A new study found that one medication could be a good treatment.

Posted: February 18, 2014, 7:00 pm

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Mental Health

Electronic cigarettes are a newer nicotine product, and the medical community is working to understand their effect on users’ health.

Posted: July 30, 2014, 11:00 pm

Alcohol has established medical links to liver damage, heart trouble and other conditions. But it could also eventually play a part in memory loss.

Posted: July 29, 2014, 10:00 pm

When babies are born to mothers who used opiates, they may experience symptoms of withdrawal which require treatment.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 4:05 am

Health risks can result from obstructive sleep apnea in both adults and in children. But some treatments in children may be tricky.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 4:05 am

Research has shown that exercise can improve health and raise mood, but the benefits might not stop there. New research suggests exercise may improve attention span.

Posted: July 27, 2014, 12:00 pm

Mental health and physical health tend to be a two-way street — each can affect the other. Having PTSD can affect both, but recent research suggests some of the physical harms associated with PTSD may be the fault of another culprit.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 1:41 pm

Parenting a child with autism and/or other disabilities can be rewarding yet stressful. Learning to manage that stress can help moms be more effective parents.

Posted: July 21, 2014, 4:05 am

The birth of a new baby, while joyful, can also bring a great deal of stress and anxiety — especially if the child arrived well before the due date.

Posted: July 21, 2014, 4:05 am

It's pretty common knowledge that smoking isn't good for you, and smoking during pregnancy isn't good for either of you.

Posted: July 21, 2014, 4:05 am

Adding alcohol to energy drinks has become common, especially among young adults. New research suggests that this trend encourages people to drink more than they normally would.

Posted: July 17, 2014, 8:24 pm

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Healthy Living

Many women feel pressure to be thin at a young age. But dieting early in life may hurt their health later.

Posted: July 30, 2014, 1:34 pm

Fruits and vegetables may not only benefit waistlines. New research suggests plant-rich diets may also increase life spans.

Posted: July 29, 2014, 10:30 pm

Obesity is a serious condition that can easily develop in adults if they do not lead healthy lives. New research suggests adults should try for a combination of healthy behaviors in order to combat obesity later in life.

Posted: July 29, 2014, 1:39 pm

Many people coping with stressful life situations like the loss of a loved one can forget to take care of themselves. But healthy eating, regular exercise and a good night’s sleep may be key to offsetting the physical toll stress can take.

Posted: July 29, 2014, 8:00 am

Many long-distance runners are at risk of death from heart problems during races. But athletes and doctors may need to turn their attention to another risk factor.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 9:38 pm

Childhood cancer survivors can be more susceptible to heart disease and other health problems as adults. But new research shows they can lower their risk through lifestyle choices.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 8:49 pm

With so many options for exercise, it can be tough to choose one that will fit into your schedule and provide the maximum health benefits. Taking up running might be one of your best bets.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 7:30 pm

About one third of US children and adolescents are overweight or obese, the CDC reports. Many, however, may be in denial about how much they weigh.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 4:00 pm

Research has shown that exercise can improve health and raise mood, but the benefits might not stop there. New research suggests exercise may improve attention span.

Posted: July 27, 2014, 12:00 pm

One in three US adults are now considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and this weight problem may be taking its toll in the workplace.

Posted: July 26, 2014, 5:12 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

We're now in the heart of summer, which means many of us are spending more time outside and in the sun. So, it seems to be an appropriate moment to address skin cancer risk and prevention — which is exactly what the US surgeon general is doing.

Posted: July 29, 2014, 4:57 pm

Childhood cancer survivors can be more susceptible to heart disease and other health problems as adults. But new research shows they can lower their risk through lifestyle choices.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 8:49 pm

Many older Americans deal with more than one serious medical condition at a time. New research looked at how having more than one chronic disease affected average life expectancy.

Posted: July 24, 2014, 11:50 pm

Diabetes is known to increase many health risks like heart disease and obesity. But new research suggests the condition may also be linked to head and neck cancers.

Posted: July 24, 2014, 10:22 pm

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zydelig (idelalisib) today to treat patients with three types of blood cancers.

Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:30 pm

Dermatologists use a number of observational and laboratory methods to evaluate suspicious skin marks when looking for cancer. But a new study suggests simply asking a patient to evaluate itchiness or pain can help doctors make informed decisions.

Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:00 pm

Many women choose to undergo morcellation when they get a hysterectomy, a minimally invasive procedure in which the uterus is divided into pieces and removed. However, for some women, the procedure may come with added risks.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 3:23 pm

Women with a certain type of breast cancer may be prescribed a medication called tamoxifen to slow the spread of the cancer. In some women, though, tamoxifen causes harmful side effects. A similar medication may lead to fewer such side effects.

Posted: July 15, 2014, 3:47 pm

A patient's choice of doctor can go a long way towards developing a personal and professional relationship. But that selection could also play a part in what kind of treatment the physician recommends.

Posted: July 14, 2014, 8:09 pm

Prostate cancer is a sensitive subject for men. Some of the common treatment options come with very personal potential side effects like loss of sexual desire or impotence.

Posted: July 14, 2014, 8:00 pm

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Exercising and MCI

Mild cognitive impairment causes problems with memory, language and thinking. It can also put people at a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s. For patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), exercising may offer some protection for the mind. Read more at http://bit.ly/1cw1qsk Via dailyRx

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Life Expectancy

A healthy lifestyle depends on more than just your behavior or your genes. It may also depend on where you live. A recent study found that life expectancy changes significantly from state to state. Read more at http://bit.ly/16j8un5 Via dailyRx

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Dementia Screening

Routine screening for certain diseases comes with aging. But among the general population, pricey screening tests for ‎dementia‬ may not provide any real benefit for seniors who are not at risk. Read more at http://bit.ly/143kwW0 Via dailyRx

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Vitamin D

People get their vitamin D from sunlight, foods and supplements. This vitamin is important for bones as well as for muscles. New research shows that getting enough vitamin D may also help adults maintain their physical abilities as they age. Read more at http://bit.ly/18yI6LL Via dailyRx

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Alzheimer’s Disease Study

The race to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease has led to trying medications that work for other diseases. One particular medication has shown some positive signs of slowing down signs of Alzheimer’s progression. Read more at http://bit.ly/13q0fGP Via dailyRx

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Dementia Study

There’s no cure for ‪dementia‬, but it may not be spreading as widely as doctors once predicted. Healthier generations may have a lower risk for developing dementia in the future. A recent study looked at dementia rates among senior adults in the United Kingdom (UK) in the 1990s and again 20 years later. Read more at http://bit.ly/13PaDLn Via dailyRx

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Get Old Video – Hy Snell

“Get Old” Hy Snell, 94 from Variable on Vimeo.

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Aging and Happiness

The 1993 comedy “Grumpy Old Men” played on the stereotype that with old age comes unhappiness. These days, the reality may be much different. Seniors appear to be growing older more happily than in the past. Read more at http://bit.ly/18Yu85c Via dailyRx

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Staying Sharp

There’s good news in the ‎health‬ world for ‪aging‬ seniors. People in their mid 90s may be staying sharper nowadays compared to previous generations. Read more at http://bit.ly/158ayy5 Via dailyRx

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Disability and Aging

Self-care helps shape the quality of life for most people. That is no less true for many aging individuals, who also desire to dress and feed themselves, get around on their own and so forth. Read more at http://bit.ly/12Eim8r Via dailyRx

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Healthy Living

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your grandparents, try a crossword puzzle book. And while you’re at the store, buy yourself a book too. You may thank yourself later. Read more at http://bit.ly/12T50bU Via dailyRx

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