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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

It's easy to imagine how a breathing condition could interrupt life, but could it even disrupt the ability to hold a job? New evidence suggests that it could, but it also suggests that staying active could help.

Posted: March 30, 2015, 2:59 pm

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy life. While research has clearly shown its benefits in preventing heart disease, fitness may lower the risk of certain cancers as well.

Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:09 pm

When it comes to falls and fractures, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. While supplements may improve older people's health, exercise remains the best way to boost strength and mobility and help prevent serious falls.

Posted: March 23, 2015, 4:13 pm

Many people exercise and eat healthily to improve their overall physical health, but those habits might also boost mental health.

Posted: March 12, 2015, 2:26 pm

If you want your spouse to get in better shape, try lacing up your own shoes and heading to the gym. Your husband or wife may be quick to follow.

Posted: March 10, 2015, 7:05 pm

Exercise in your teens is a good thing, but even with exercise, poor ability to cope with stress may affect your heart later in life.

Posted: March 6, 2015, 11:53 am

Exercise is almost never a bad thing, but new evidence suggests that not all exercise is created equal.

Posted: March 2, 2015, 11:29 pm

Knee pain — a sign of arthritis, related to obesity or just the result of getting older? Whatever the reason, diet and exercise might be able to prevent or reduce knee pain in overweight older adults with diabetes.

Posted: February 22, 2015, 12:00 pm

Older adults with reduced mobility may not move around a lot, but a little activity may go a long way in maintaining their heart health.

Posted: February 18, 2015, 8:02 pm

More of a good thing isn't always better. And that may apply to exercise and its effects on heart health.

Posted: February 16, 2015, 7:05 pm

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Alzheimer’s

Treating and caring for patients with dementia is often difficult, and medications are seen as a way to help manage behavior. What happens when those medications may also pose health risks?

Posted: March 18, 2015, 6:22 pm

In the search for what causes and signals Alzheimer's disease, scientists have often looked to genes. New evidence, however, points to gender.

Posted: March 16, 2015, 7:19 pm

Medications for allergies, depression and incontinence can be lifesavers. However, they may have some surprising effects on mental health.

Posted: January 26, 2015, 9:41 pm

Conventional wisdom holds that Alzheimer's starts with small memory slips — but new evidence suggests that other mental health symptoms may signal this disease.

Posted: January 14, 2015, 7:05 pm

A good night’s rest may not only make you less groggy — it could also prevent a more serious brain drain. Those who get enough deep sleep may be less likely to develop dementia.

Posted: December 12, 2014, 5:35 pm

In middle age, taking care of yourself now could mean avoiding a health crisis later — and that may go double for diabetes patients. Middle-aged diabetes patients may have a raised risk for mental decline later in life.

Posted: December 1, 2014, 8:05 pm

Reducing your risk for Alzheimer’s may be as simple as enjoying a few cups of coffee each day.

Posted: November 30, 2014, 11:46 am

Getting early treatment for dementia can improve patients' health. Many people, however, aren't getting screened for the disorder in the first place.

Posted: November 26, 2014, 7:05 pm

Americans may be living longer than ever before. In a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, measures of life span were up and rates of death were down.

Posted: October 9, 2014, 4:03 pm

A moody and high-stress lifestyle in midlife, particularly coupled with prolonged periods of distress, might do more than affect how a woman feels day-to-day. It could also play a part in the development Alzheimer's disease.

Posted: October 1, 2014, 8:00 pm

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Mental Health

Lower back pain can be irritating at best and debilitating at worse. For some, simple lifestyle changes may make a huge difference.

Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:00 pm

Caring for a child with autism comes with struggles, and many parents may find that stomach problems in kids may be part of those struggles.

Posted: March 25, 2015, 3:44 pm

Football is unquestionably a contact sport, and repeated “contacts” could be causing brain injuries.

Posted: March 25, 2015, 1:56 pm

You've got to breathe to live, but breathing polluted air could put you at risk of health problems.

Posted: March 25, 2015, 1:53 pm

Stress, sadness and depression are common to breast cancer patients. Learning to manage those feelings early on, however, could help patients for years to come.

Posted: March 23, 2015, 7:48 pm

Finding your purpose in life may give you more than just a sense of fulfillment — it may also give you better brain health.

Posted: March 20, 2015, 2:29 pm

Treating and caring for patients with dementia is often difficult, and medications are seen as a way to help manage behavior. What happens when those medications may also pose health risks?

Posted: March 18, 2015, 6:22 pm

In the search for what causes and signals Alzheimer's disease, scientists have often looked to genes. New evidence, however, points to gender.

Posted: March 16, 2015, 7:19 pm

People trying to live a longer life may need to do more than eat right and exercise — they may also need to make sure they maintain their social lives.

Posted: March 15, 2015, 1:59 pm

This might be music to the ears of aging adults: a procedure to address hearing loss could also help with mental function.

Posted: March 12, 2015, 3:36 pm

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Healthy Living

Mom's advice to eat plenty of veggies still rings true, but men might want to do so with some caution. High-pesticide fruits and vegetables might damage men's sexual health.

Posted: March 31, 2015, 2:51 pm

It's easy to imagine how a breathing condition could interrupt life, but could it even disrupt the ability to hold a job? New evidence suggests that it could, but it also suggests that staying active could help.

Posted: March 30, 2015, 2:59 pm

Due for a joint replacement soon? Weight loss surgery first could save you money and improve the results of your joint replacement.

Posted: March 26, 2015, 8:42 pm

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy life. While research has clearly shown its benefits in preventing heart disease, fitness may lower the risk of certain cancers as well.

Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:09 pm

Lower back pain can be irritating at best and debilitating at worse. For some, simple lifestyle changes may make a huge difference.

Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:00 pm

Many parents may try to step away from their children when they smoke, but children exposed to even small amounts of smoke may grow up to have heart problems.

Posted: March 23, 2015, 8:47 pm

When it comes to falls and fractures, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. While supplements may improve older people's health, exercise remains the best way to boost strength and mobility and help prevent serious falls.

Posted: March 23, 2015, 4:13 pm

The healthy choices you make at breakfast, lunch and dinner don’t just make you feel better — they could be adding years to your life.

Posted: March 18, 2015, 9:29 pm

As stroke becomes an increasingly common health risk, researchers look for ways patients can lower their risk. And they might have found one.

Posted: March 18, 2015, 8:49 pm

Breastfeeding may boost more than just bonding — it may also boost baby's brainpower based on how long you do it.

Posted: March 18, 2015, 12:48 am

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Cancer and Healthcare

Doctors use several tools to examine women who might have pelvic problems. These tools include CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and ultrasounds. One of those tools may now be the preferred first choice.

Posted: April 1, 2015, 4:14 pm

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy life. While research has clearly shown its benefits in preventing heart disease, fitness may lower the risk of certain cancers as well.

Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:09 pm

Stress, sadness and depression are common to breast cancer patients. Learning to manage those feelings early on, however, could help patients for years to come.

Posted: March 23, 2015, 7:48 pm

Urine may be a waste product, but it's not useless. The stuff in your urine can tell the story of what is going on inside your body. Now, it could be used to reveal cancer.

Posted: March 21, 2015, 8:02 pm

Medications are not one-size-fits-all. They can affect people differently. Even simple NSAIDs like aspirin can have varying effects.

Posted: March 17, 2015, 3:53 pm

Having a healthy weight is a well-known way to help maintain good heart health, but new evidence suggests that, in women, staying slim could cut cancer risk.

Posted: March 17, 2015, 12:20 am

Cancer is a scary diagnosis, but there’s some really good news out there these days — more people are surviving.

Posted: March 14, 2015, 2:37 pm

Catching colon cancer in its early stages allows doctors to have a better chance of treating it successfully — making screening a potentially lifesaving procedure.

Posted: March 12, 2015, 2:26 pm

The use of hormones during menopause was once thought to protect against heart disease, but that may not be the case.

Posted: March 10, 2015, 7:34 pm

Sitting may feel nice, especially after a long day. Too much of it, however, isn't doing your heart health any favors.

Posted: March 9, 2015, 10:10 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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