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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

Think running an extra mile will balance out that extra serving of ice cream? Weight loss might not be as easy as the math of calorie counting.

Posted: April 22, 2015, 10:40 pm

The dangers of being too heavy are well-known, but does being too thin pose any risks? In fact, it could pose some risks to your mental health.

Posted: April 9, 2015, 11:03 pm

Many weight loss programs make big promises, but how many can live up to the hype long-term? Unfortunately, probably not too many.

Posted: April 6, 2015, 9:09 pm

Heart attacks can strike with no warning, even while exercising. However, middle-aged adults shouldn't be afraid to exercise, as the likelihood of sudden heart attacks may be low during vigorous activity.

Posted: April 6, 2015, 8:09 pm

Controlling cancer requires multiple prevention strategies. The United States has made some notable progress in recent years, but there's still room for improvement.

Posted: April 2, 2015, 6:50 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

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

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Alzheimer’s

Book clubs, painting classes and computer games are just a few fun ways to spend retirement. And such mind-engaging activities may also do wonders for older people's mental health.

Posted: April 8, 2015, 8:13 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

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

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Mental Health

If you smoke, quit! If you're a smoker who has diabetes, however, you may need to more closely monitor your blood sugar after you quit.

Posted: May 1, 2015, 2:01 pm

Four pharmaceutical companies received approval today from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market generic versions of Abilify, an atypical antipsychotic drug.

Posted: April 28, 2015, 8:20 pm

Excessive alcohol use is a public health issue. To make a difference — especially for problems like binge drinking — it’s helpful to identify where and how big the problem is.

Posted: April 27, 2015, 6:33 pm

Good news for cirrhosis patients: Survival may be much more common than it once was.

Posted: April 26, 2015, 1:01 pm

Experimenting is often how kids and teens learn. Experimenting with electronic cigarettes, however, may be risky.

Posted: April 23, 2015, 4:59 pm

Parents of kids with autism may want to opt for a parental training course to help them manage their child's behavior.

Posted: April 21, 2015, 7:01 pm

The cause of autism remains a mystery, but new evidence may rule out one possible cause — bringing researchers closer to understanding this disorder.

Posted: April 21, 2015, 5:07 pm

Recent changes in the prescription opioid market might have led to a big step forward in the fight against opioid dependency.

Posted: April 20, 2015, 4:34 pm

Everybody gets older — not just the body, but also the brain. There are, however, some things you can do that may help keep your thought processes humming along despite the extra mileage.

Posted: April 19, 2015, 10:05 pm

The breast is a long way from the brain, but now it seems a breast cancer diagnosis might affect patients’ ability to think.

Posted: April 17, 2015, 11:54 pm

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Healthy Living

Maybe you cooked your chicken thoroughly — but is there a chance some of the raw juice splattered on the counter? If so, bacteria could still cause illness, but an easy extra step may help keep you healthy.

Posted: May 5, 2015, 3:04 pm

Losing weight may need to be a priority for heavier women who are thinking about getting pregnant.

Posted: May 3, 2015, 1:01 pm

A decision as simple as whether to add sugar to your coffee could have a long-term impact on your risk for one chronic health condition.

Posted: April 30, 2015, 10:11 pm

Many Americans eat more salt than dietary guidelines recommend. New evidence suggests that salt may not be as serious a threat to one group of patients' blood pressure as once thought.

Posted: April 27, 2015, 3:42 pm

Just days after Blue Bell Creameries announced a recall of all its products, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams recalled its products for the same reason — a possible risk of Listeria.

Posted: April 23, 2015, 9:09 pm

Experimenting is often how kids and teens learn. Experimenting with electronic cigarettes, however, may be risky.

Posted: April 23, 2015, 4:59 pm

As concern about obesity and health grows, many adults are becoming more informed about nutrition. Children, however, might not be exposed to the healthiest of food products.

Posted: April 23, 2015, 4:13 pm

Think running an extra mile will balance out that extra serving of ice cream? Weight loss might not be as easy as the math of calorie counting.

Posted: April 22, 2015, 10:40 pm

Ice cream lovers might have to take a break from Blue Bell.

Posted: April 21, 2015, 4:34 pm

Downing a can of soda may provide some relief from a tension-filled day. But too much of a sweet thing can become an unhealthy habit.

Posted: April 16, 2015, 6:09 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

As awareness about the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer rises, the hope is that skin cancer rates will decrease. New evidence, however, suggests that rates may not be on the decline.

Posted: May 1, 2015, 5:11 am

New guidelines may change many women's preventive health care routines — particularly when it comes to cervical cancer screening.

Posted: May 1, 2015, 5:10 am

Reaching the five-year milestone after surgery to treat esophageal cancer is cause for celebration. And many patients may be reaching this milestone.

Posted: April 29, 2015, 4:21 pm

Breastfeeding may not just bring benefits to baby.

Posted: April 28, 2015, 8:11 pm

Hodgkin lymphoma survivors may face other health risks later on.

Posted: April 27, 2015, 4:19 pm

There’s a common notion that cigars may be safer to smoke than cigarettes because they are often not inhaled. New evidence, however, suggests that cigar smoking may pose some serious health threats.

Posted: April 24, 2015, 1:01 am

Experimenting is often how kids and teens learn. Experimenting with electronic cigarettes, however, may be risky.

Posted: April 23, 2015, 4:59 pm

Although it may seem intuitive that you should get screened early and often for all types of cancers, it isn't always that simple. New breast cancer screening guidelines highlight the role of personal choice in screenings for younger women, but not all experts are in agreement.

Posted: April 22, 2015, 4:25 pm

Most women should get screened for breast cancer every other year, according to some current guidelines. But many surgeons may recommend a schedule that adheres to different guidelines.

Posted: April 21, 2015, 7:11 pm

Aspirin use is surging among older adults. The question is whether that’s a good thing.

Posted: April 18, 2015, 12:02 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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