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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

Exercise is an important tool in fighting obesity in young people. But which type of exercise is the most effective?

Posted: September 22, 2014, 8:07 pm

Doctors often use medicines and behavioral therapy to counteract risks associated with high blood pressure. But new research suggests the key to delaying high blood pressure may be exercise.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 7:35 pm

Young boys who bike or walk to school or play sports benefit in many ways. Not only are they more fit, but they may even do better in school, new research suggests.

Posted: September 13, 2014, 3:00 pm

Exercise improves health in many ways. And a new study suggests it may help children who have problems focusing at school.

Posted: September 11, 2014, 4:17 pm

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but daily exercise may work better for your cardiologist.

Posted: September 3, 2014, 7:15 pm

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

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Alzheimer’s

Do you often forget where you left your keys or parked the car? More frequent memory problems may be a sign of more brain function loss to come.

Posted: September 24, 2014, 8:05 pm

Alzheimer's patients often become upset or afraid in new situations. But a new medicine may be able to reduce this agitation.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 5:14 pm

Anti-anxiety medicines can be helpful treatments for the short term. But new research found that they may also be risky.

Posted: September 9, 2014, 10:35 pm

As people age, their brains may not work at full speed. For middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes, a decline in brain function may be more likely than for those who don’t have the disease.

Posted: September 5, 2014, 5:52 pm

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

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Mental Health

In recent years, opioids have become a safety concern for some health officials. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recently released a statement on opioid use to address this problem.

Posted: September 29, 2014, 8:05 pm

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), with the help of nearly 4,000 smaller law agencies, will host the ninth and final National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Posted: September 27, 2014, 1:00 pm

Antidepressants may be the go-to treatment for social anxiety disorder, but one type of talk therapy may be more effective and have longer-lasting effects.

Posted: September 26, 2014, 12:20 am

Families play an important role in mental health — and that role may be key to treating teens with anorexia, a new study suggests.

Posted: September 24, 2014, 8:05 pm

E-cigarettes are gaining popularity. But whether they are safer than conventional cigarettes is the subject of debate, even among experts.

Posted: September 23, 2014, 3:25 pm

Even with treatment, some patients with bipolar disorder have symptoms like extreme mood swings. But, in a recent study, some patients said yoga reduced those symptoms.

Posted: September 22, 2014, 9:38 pm

Iron deficiency has been associated with autism in past studies, such as one published in Pediatrics in 2012. And children of mothers who have too little iron during pregnancy may also have a higher risk of getting this condition.

Posted: September 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Cancer patients trying to kick the smoking habit may reach for e-cigarettes — but do the devices help in the fight to avoid conventional cigarettes? Likely not, suggests a new study.

Posted: September 22, 2014, 4:05 am

Many patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have difficulty coping with the anxiety and stress they may feel. This could lead some to turn to overeating to ease their pain.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 8:05 pm

Whether you're late for work or getting laid off, how you handle stress may affect your health.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 4:04 pm

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Healthy Living

Exercise is an important tool in fighting obesity in young people. But which type of exercise is the most effective?

Posted: September 22, 2014, 8:07 pm

Iron deficiency has been associated with autism in past studies, such as one published in Pediatrics in 2012. And children of mothers who have too little iron during pregnancy may also have a higher risk of getting this condition.

Posted: September 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Working very long work hours can cause family problems and dissatisfaction with your job, but new research suggests it may also hurt your heart.

Posted: September 18, 2014, 7:21 pm

Cutting back on the sweets may be a concern for those trying to slim down, but it should also be a concern for those who want to protect their teeth, say the authors of a new study.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 3:11 pm

Many medications reduce blood pressure, but new research suggests protein may also keep it in check.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 12:34 pm

Pants may be growing tighter than ever before. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers tracked US waist sizes from 1999 to 2012 and found widespread increases.

Posted: September 16, 2014, 8:05 pm

Doctors often use medicines and behavioral therapy to counteract risks associated with high blood pressure. But new research suggests the key to delaying high blood pressure may be exercise.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 7:35 pm

Young boys who bike or walk to school or play sports benefit in many ways. Not only are they more fit, but they may even do better in school, new research suggests.

Posted: September 13, 2014, 3:00 pm

On Sept. 10, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new weight-loss medicine called Contrave. Today, an FDA panel voted to approve another weight-loss medicine.

Posted: September 12, 2014, 5:35 pm

Diabetes is a disease closely tied to weight, but are patients getting enough exercise to slim down? Maybe not, suggests a new study.

Posted: September 11, 2014, 7:33 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

The United Kingdom recently saw a spike in women seeking genetic screening for breast cancer. Researchers think the increase may be tied to a high-profile celebrity endorsement.

Posted: September 24, 2014, 12:24 pm

Cancer patients trying to kick the smoking habit may reach for e-cigarettes — but do the devices help in the fight to avoid conventional cigarettes? Likely not, suggests a new study.

Posted: September 22, 2014, 4:05 am

Childhood cancer continues to be a leading cause of death among children and teens in the US every year. But rates of two cancers in particular — renal and thyroid — may be rising more than others.

Posted: September 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

Mammograms can be a lifesaving tool, but older women undergoing this breast cancer screening may be at a higher risk for misdiagnosis.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 4:50 pm

Balding and prostate cancer are two different but common concerns for many men. Now, new research suggests the two may be connected.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 3:20 pm

Thyroid cancer rates are increasing in the US. But one state may be contributing to the rising rate more than the others.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 3:59 pm

Efforts to fight cancer include both treatment and prevention. And researchers recently tested a vaccine to prevent breast cancer recurrence.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 2:03 am

Looking for a less extreme alternative to surgical removal of the organ, a new study assessed the effectiveness of two alternative treatments for kidney cancer patients.

Posted: September 11, 2014, 9:06 pm

Gene mutations associated with higher rates of breast and ovarian cancer may pose a serious risk to Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) women, even those without a family history of cancer. This prompted a call for more genetic cancer screening.

Posted: September 9, 2014, 2:54 pm

Having too much sugar in your blood, even if you are not diabetic, is considered unhealthy. And there may be an association between having high blood sugar levels and developing a serious health condition.

Posted: September 8, 2014, 10:05 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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