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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

For older adults, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine can be important. For muscle mass loss, it may be crucial.

Posted: May 23, 2015, 11:01 pm

For those in midlife, lifestyle choices made now may have a major impact on living long and staying independent later in life.

Posted: May 22, 2015, 3:47 pm

Pregnancy calls for kicking those swollen feet up and simply trying to relax, right? Maybe not. Moms-to-be might not need to be so fast to slow down.

Posted: May 13, 2015, 7:12 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

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

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Alzheimer’s

The Mediterranean diet — with its vegetables, fruits, beans, lean meat and fish — may be heart-healthy. Add nuts and olive oil to the mix, and the brain may also get a lift.

Posted: May 11, 2015, 4:03 pm

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

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Mental Health

Smokers, if you need another reason to quit, here’s one that might surprise you: Quitting might save your hearing.

Posted: May 25, 2015, 3:01 pm

For those in midlife, lifestyle choices made now may have a major impact on living long and staying independent later in life.

Posted: May 22, 2015, 3:47 pm

Faced with a booming tobacco industry and its long lineup of tobacco products to choose from, some tobacco users may think about choosing more than one — but they may need to think twice.

Posted: May 22, 2015, 1:01 pm

Depression is a complex illness with many possible causes and many treatments. And it may increase the risk of another serious health condition.

Posted: May 20, 2015, 8:00 pm

Welcoming a new baby brings joy, but it can also bring a time of stress, worry and depression. New evidence suggests that medications might help new moms with depression.

Posted: May 19, 2015, 3:36 pm

A bad night's sleep can make you feel tired and unfocused during the day. If left untreated, that cycle may become more than just an inconvenience.

Posted: May 18, 2015, 5:50 pm

Football is a violent sport. Although most football-related injuries heal, one particular injury — concussion — may lead to major mental issues later in life.

Posted: May 18, 2015, 3:51 pm

Pulling the night shift at work may put a few extra bucks in your pocket, but could it also be harmful to your health? New evidence suggests it could be.

Posted: May 18, 2015, 4:10 am

It's a blooming, billion-dollar industry offering to help you kick the habit — but some health experts have warned against electronic cigarettes due to a lack of evidence. Now they may have backup for their claims.

Posted: May 17, 2015, 5:50 pm

Ditching those cigarettes may help more than just your lungs.

Posted: May 15, 2015, 7:31 pm

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Healthy Living

Good, better, best — when it comes to cholesterol, you want more of the good kind. But there may be an even better version of the good kind.

Posted: May 27, 2015, 4:21 pm

You often hear that vegetables, fruits and whole grains are healthy, and now new evidence is supporting this claim for a new reason — the fiber in these foods might help prevent a common and serious health problem.

Posted: May 27, 2015, 3:28 pm

Smokers, if you need another reason to quit, here’s one that might surprise you: Quitting might save your hearing.

Posted: May 25, 2015, 3:01 pm

For older adults, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine can be important. For muscle mass loss, it may be crucial.

Posted: May 23, 2015, 11:01 pm

For those in midlife, lifestyle choices made now may have a major impact on living long and staying independent later in life.

Posted: May 22, 2015, 3:47 pm

A cluster of health problems — collectively known as metabolic syndrome — puts many at possible risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news? Rates for this condition appear to be stabilizing in the US.

Posted: May 21, 2015, 2:19 pm

Pregnancy calls for kicking those swollen feet up and simply trying to relax, right? Maybe not. Moms-to-be might not need to be so fast to slow down.

Posted: May 13, 2015, 7:12 pm

The Mediterranean diet — with its vegetables, fruits, beans, lean meat and fish — may be heart-healthy. Add nuts and olive oil to the mix, and the brain may also get a lift.

Posted: May 11, 2015, 4:03 pm

Obesity is tied to many health issues, and new evidence suggests that obese patients may face another health risk when taking a common blood thinner.

Posted: May 8, 2015, 8:10 pm

A healthy lifestyle — marked by healthy eating, exercise and a healthy weight — can help prevent cancer. In patients who get cancer, that same lifestyle may help them live longer.

Posted: May 7, 2015, 3:07 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

You'd be hard-pressed to find a person who didn't know anyone affected by cancer. New evidence is highlighting just how widespread the disease is — and what can be done to stop it.

Posted: May 28, 2015, 3:00 pm

It's not always one or the other when it comes to cancer treatment options like chemotherapy and surgery. And which comes first may make a difference.

Posted: May 24, 2015, 3:00 pm

Young women with a family history of breast cancer may be understandably anxious if diagnosed with the disease. But family history may not affect the ultimate outcome.

Posted: May 20, 2015, 4:10 am

Catching cancer early can save lives, but screening too often — without good reason — may be costly and harmful.

Posted: May 19, 2015, 4:19 pm

For women with dense breasts, cancer can be hard to detect — and the risk of getting it can be high. Even so, additional cancer screening tests may not be necessary.

Posted: May 18, 2015, 9:00 pm

Ditching those cigarettes may help more than just your lungs.

Posted: May 15, 2015, 7:31 pm

Public health campaigns and billboards promoting cancer screening abound, but are these efforts working?

Posted: May 7, 2015, 5:11 pm

Sometimes two medications may be better than one — at least when it comes to prostate cancer treatment.

Posted: May 7, 2015, 3:11 pm

A healthy lifestyle — marked by healthy eating, exercise and a healthy weight — can help prevent cancer. In patients who get cancer, that same lifestyle may help them live longer.

Posted: May 7, 2015, 3:07 pm

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

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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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