Posts by Diane

Taking medications when you’re older: Common problems and simple solutions

The older you are, the more likely you take several medications. According to the American Geriatric Society, people over 65 buy more than 25 percent of all prescription medicines and 30 percent of all nonprescription medicines. For many reasons, elderly people often have difficulty taking their medications as prescribed. We have some simple solutions that might help.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

The best kind of exercises for people with painful arthritis

Arthritis. The word means inflamed joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It’s usually caused by wear and tear on the cartilage‚ the part of the joint that provides a cushion between the ends of the bones. When you lose that cushion you’ve got bone rubbing against bone. If you’ve got arthritis, no wonder you feel stiff and your joints hurt and you can’t move like you used to.
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Categories: Blog and Dealing with Chronic Illness.

How to let your elderly parents know you’re worried about their safety

  Several years ago my friend Lucy and her husband, who were in their 50s, left their home and jobs in Chicago and moved to Maine. Not to retire or experience a slower pace of life, but to care for Lucy’s elderly mother.
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Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Blog, and Planning for Retirement and Beyond.

For people living with Parkinson’s, Rock Steady Boxing offers the chance to be active again

Laurie Hadlock was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009. She doesn’t have much of a tremor, which is one of the classic symptoms, but she does have lots of coordination problems. There are so many things Laurie loved doing that are nearly impossible now, like dancing and skiing. She also loves to exercise and recently discovered Rock Steady Boxing, a high-intensity exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted for people with Parkinson’s.
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Categories: Blog, Dealing with Chronic Illness, and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.

What is normal blood pressure?

What makes your blood pressure rise? Feel free to answer in the comment box at the end of the page. It may help relieve any stress you’re feeling at the moment. Stress does make your blood pressure go up. That’s because when you’re under stress, your body releases hormones that make your heart beat faster. They also narrow your blood vessels. It’s meant to be a temporary thing.
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Categories: Blog and Healthy Living, Safety and Fitness.