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DNA-Markers
By Andy Ratana, 5:30 am on June 6, 2018

How understanding your biological age can help promote healthy longevity Tick, tock, tick tock … our own biological clocks keep ticking no matter what we do. Many have searched in vain for an answer to be younger (Juan Ponce de León once tried to find the Fountain of Youth …)…

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By Andy Ratana, 4:13 pm on March 11, 2018

Falls are very dangerous for seniors. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that most fractures among older adults are caused by falls and that they are the leading cause of hospitalizations. Preventing falls is one of the most important steps that can be taken to protect the health of seniors. Here…

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home remodel
By Andy Ratana, 4:53 pm on February 17, 2018

Design a beautiful home and set yourself up for successful aging Most people prefer to age in place.  If you have a beautiful home that you love, why leave it? Yet common features in many homes – steep stairs, “classic” plumbing fixtures, even hardwood floors – can actually make life…

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By Andy Ratana, 9:08 pm on September 10, 2017

As we age, remaining physically active can become more difficult and exercise seems as though it takes a greater toll on our bodies. In fact, those are precisely the reasons as to why it’s so important for seniors to continue exercising. There are tons of benefits in staying physically active…

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endoflifecare
endoflifecare
By Andy Ratana, 7:46 pm on July 17, 2016

According to AARP, nearly 117 million people in the United States will require some form of assistance with daily activities in the next few years. At that time, there will only be roughly 50 million individuals available to help. These figures are higher for people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia as sufferers of cognitive decline may require multiple caregivers. Families should start setting up arrangements for care before it becomes an absolute necessity for their aging parents and loved ones. This will include an analysis of long-term care options, both home-based and residential community-based, in order to optimize the well-being of aging family members. Planning end-of-life care is more in-depth…

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By Andy Ratana, 4:18 pm on June 12, 2016

Currently, about seven percent of older adults over the age of 60 suffer from clinical depression, though the condition is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Many older adults experience intense feelings of loneliness due to being socially isolated, even when they wish to socialize and be surrounded by others. Older adults often enjoy sharing stories and other life experiences with others, some of which may even be considered inspiring, so it is important to reach out to senior loved ones and make an effort to spend time with them. Social isolation can stem from major events or changes in lifestyle. When older adults experience the loss of a spouse, they may…

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Identifying Senior Stroke
Identifying Senior Stroke
By Andy Ratana, 3:12 pm on April 3, 2016

Currently 47.5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia worldwide. Although other cognitive deficits do develop, memory loss is one of the telltale signs of Alzheimer’s. Scientists have often wondered whether memory loss is a result of the person not being able to create and store new memories or simply having difficulty retrieving the memories. In a recent study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), neuroscientists were able to retrieve memories that were “lost” due to Alzheimer’s disease in mice. This provides hope that memories lost to Alzheimer’s may one day be retrievable in humans. The study compared a control group of normal…

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