Problems getting dressed? Here are solutions

Getting dressed in the morning is one of those automatic chores we all do. Some people set out clothes the night before, others check the heap on the chair for the least smelly shirt, and some spend some time matching, ironing, etc. to look just right when stepping out for the day. But there areContinue reading “Problems getting dressed? Here are solutions”

Seniors learn new tech skills when that tech has value to them

Like many Americans, including most of a certain age, the first thing I do in the morning is reach for my glasses and put them on. Without them I certainly could not do most of what I do every day. They are so helpful that I can’t imagine life without them. Yet long ago eyeglassesContinue reading “Seniors learn new tech skills when that tech has value to them”

Communicating and Coping with Hearing Loss

It’s hard to come to terms with hearing loss. Because it is usually a long, gradual process, many people don’t realize they aren’t hearing normally until someone else points it out. The TV volume goes up, the conversations change, especially with someone whose voice may be in a missing range, or sometimes it’s easier toContinue reading “Communicating and Coping with Hearing Loss”

I can’t smell! Is it Covid? Aging? or something more?

One of my favorite childhood memories was the smell of Mom’s cinnamon rolls when I walked into our house after school, knowing there was probably a batch coming out of the oven at that moment. And working in the Flogstad Bakery for a few years had the same effect on me, as well as mostContinue reading “I can’t smell! Is it Covid? Aging? or something more?”

What did you say?

Seven years ago, Frozen was the top Disney movie, and “Let it Go” became the song every young girl in the country knew by heart. Ebola broke out in Africa, causing the deaths of 6,000 people world-wide. The winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia. So how long is seven years? That’s the average lengthContinue reading “What did you say?”

Cataracts and your vision

We all enjoy birthdays, but the more you have, the closer you get to some unpleasant side effects, and one of those is the risk of cataracts. The National Eye Institute estimates that about half of all Americans 80 and over either have had surgery for or have developed cataracts. Cataracts occur when the lensContinue reading “Cataracts and your vision”

Handling the Heat

Minnesota’s had record-breaking heat already this summer, and while it’s good to feel the summer sun, excessive heat can cause all sorts of problems. Here are a few ideas to stay comfortable, healthy, and most of all, safe when the temperatures soar. For many people, it’s easy to stay cool if your house and carContinue reading “Handling the Heat”

Drink up, Seniors!

Do you think you’re drinking enough water these days? You probably aren’t, and if you’re a senior, it’s even more likely that you’re not. Yet drinking enough water, especially on hot days, is critical for good health. Water is necessary for almost everything your body does, from pumping blood, lubricating joints or keeping a constantContinue reading “Drink up, Seniors!”

PD New Exercise Recommendations

The Parkinson’s Foundation, working with the American College of Sports Medicine, has recently created new recommendations for a comprehensive exercise program geared to those with PD. Their collaboration over the past year has produced multiple goals to be included in this regular, ongoing program. Domains include aerobic activity, strength training, balance, agility, multitasking, and stretching.Continue reading “PD New Exercise Recommendations”

Power of Attorney

Just as an advance Care Directive will help guide family members through medical decisions for an aging or sick loved one, a Power of Attorney will allow family or trusted caregivers to help with legal and financial affairs. It’s another part of a thoughtful plan that all adults should prepare so that someone they trustContinue reading “Power of Attorney”