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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

You can't avoid aging, but you don't have to feel old. Exercise may keep people from feeling older.

Posted: August 29, 2014, 7:01 pm

Patients can reduce some risks for heart disease — like high blood pressure, metabolic conditions and cigarette smoking — through counseling and lifestyle changes, a recent study suggested.

Posted: August 25, 2014, 9:05 pm

Losing excess weight is good for the health. But it may also be good for the finances, suggest the authors of a new study.

Posted: August 21, 2014, 7:05 pm

Over one-third of adults in the United Sates are obese, and many other nations struggle with obesity. One weight-loss strategy may come from something most people do every day — the daily commute.

Posted: August 21, 2014, 5:55 pm

Being obese in middle age can cause immediate health problems. But it may also affect brain health in the decades to come.

Posted: August 20, 2014, 10:35 pm

An out-of-sync heartbeat can have dangerous health consequences. But exercise may offer a prevention method.

Posted: August 20, 2014, 8:05 pm

Cardiovascular exercise like running or walking has a number of health benefits. But too much exercise may be unhealthy, especially after a heart attack.

Posted: August 12, 2014, 5:00 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

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Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease is often thought of as a part of aging, but it may not have to be. New research suggests a certain vitamin may help prevent the disease.

Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 pm

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

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Mental Health

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has taken action to control the widespread abuse of narcotic painkillers. The agency has placed tighter restrictions on products containing one of the most common painkillers available.

Posted: August 28, 2014, 8:28 pm

Many cancer patients face depression, and they often aren't treated for it. But a new approach could transform their care.

Posted: August 27, 2014, 10:35 pm

In the ongoing debate about electronic cigarettes, some experts welcome the products as a way to reduce tobacco smoking. Other experts, however, believe that e-cigarettes may work against efforts to reduce smoking. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is weighing in.

Posted: August 26, 2014, 7:32 pm

Urging teens not to smoke has long been a concern for many parents, health experts and educators. Now, there may be a new factor in the struggle: e-cigarettes.

Posted: August 26, 2014, 6:33 pm

E-cigarettes are often sold as a healthier alternative to cigarettes. The American Heart Association, however, has warned that their use could lead to nicotine addiction and traditional smoking.

Posted: August 25, 2014, 1:50 pm

Staying up late, watching TV at night and drinking coffee may not seem like dangerous activities, but they can seriously harm adolescents' health.

Posted: August 25, 2014, 4:05 am

Finding the best way to quit smoking is not easy. But several treatments were associated with high quitting rates in a recent study.

Posted: August 23, 2014, 4:00 pm

Lullabies are a quick and simple way to comfort newborn babies. And they may also enhance the benefits of skin-to-skin therapy.

Posted: August 22, 2014, 1:02 pm

Being obese in middle age can cause immediate health problems. But it may also affect brain health in the decades to come.

Posted: August 20, 2014, 10:35 pm

The most common treatment for depression is prescription antidepressants. But a more effective treatment could be to combine the medicine with therapy sessions, a new study suggests.

Posted: August 20, 2014, 8:06 pm

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Healthy Living

You can't avoid aging, but you don't have to feel old. Exercise may keep people from feeling older.

Posted: August 29, 2014, 7:01 pm

High-salt diets typically ring alarm bells because of their association with heart disease. A new study shows that salt intake may affect some patients' neurological health, too.

Posted: August 29, 2014, 1:45 pm

Many people hit the gym when they want to decrease belly fat. More exercise, though, may not reduce belly fat in some kids.

Posted: August 28, 2014, 4:12 pm

Consumers may check for trans fats on nutrition labels, but a new study suggests that these labels may not tell the full trans-fat story.

Posted: August 28, 2014, 4:05 pm

Patients can reduce some risks for heart disease — like high blood pressure, metabolic conditions and cigarette smoking — through counseling and lifestyle changes, a recent study suggested.

Posted: August 25, 2014, 9:05 pm

Staying up late, watching TV at night and drinking coffee may not seem like dangerous activities, but they can seriously harm adolescents' health.

Posted: August 25, 2014, 4:05 am

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants women of childbearing age and young children to eat more fish that are lower in mercury. But Consumer Reports is taking issue with some of the FDA's recommendations and actions.

Posted: August 22, 2014, 2:14 pm

Losing excess weight is good for the health. But it may also be good for the finances, suggest the authors of a new study.

Posted: August 21, 2014, 7:05 pm

Over one-third of adults in the United Sates are obese, and many other nations struggle with obesity. One weight-loss strategy may come from something most people do every day — the daily commute.

Posted: August 21, 2014, 5:55 pm

Being obese in middle age can cause immediate health problems. But it may also affect brain health in the decades to come.

Posted: August 20, 2014, 10:35 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

Many cancer patients face depression, and they often aren't treated for it. But a new approach could transform their care.

Posted: August 27, 2014, 10:35 pm

Spending lots of time under the sun's harmful rays can cause skin patches called actinic keratoses (AKs). In some cases, these scaly, rough patches can turn into skin cancer, so doctors usually recommend removing them. But what's the best way to remove them?

Posted: August 27, 2014, 8:05 pm

The prevalence and costs of new health care procedures constantly change as new techniques emerge. A new study examined one new treatment for prostate cancer.

Posted: August 26, 2014, 4:05 am

After a mastectomy, some women choose to have breast reconstruction surgery. Recent research examined the factors that may affect that decision.

Posted: August 20, 2014, 8:05 pm

Regular cancer screenings are widely regarded as an important part of preventive medicine, particularly for people in midlife. But those same screenings might cause more harm than good in older patients facing a limited life expectancy.

Posted: August 18, 2014, 10:02 pm

Not only does the HPV vaccine protect against human papillomavirus, but it also reduces the risk of cancers caused by HPV. Yet it only protects a person if it lasts long enough.

Posted: August 18, 2014, 4:05 am

Many people want to slim down to cut their risks for heart disease and diabetes, but a new study suggests that being overweight may also affect cancer risk.

Posted: August 17, 2014, 2:08 am

Medical conditions that affect breathing can take an immediate toll on health and may set the stage for other serious problems later in life.

Posted: August 16, 2014, 4:05 am

Exercise has been associated with many health benefits like reduced heart disease risk and stress. And new research suggests black women may be able to cut their breast cancer risk by working out.

Posted: August 14, 2014, 4:19 pm

Overweight or obese women may be less likely to see their hormone-related breast cancer return if they take a common over-the-counter medication.

Posted: August 14, 2014, 6:15 am

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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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