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988 is the New National Number for Suicide Prevention or Crisis

988 is the New National Number for Suicide Prevention or Crisis

Great news! It is now so much easier to reach someone when one is in emotional crisis or feeling suicidal. A new national number “988” has been established to make it easier for anyone to call when in need of such assistance. Changing the number to 988...
Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron?

Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron?

Does Mom say she feels too weak to exercise? Does Dad run out of breath just walking down the street? People dealing with COPD often believe that exercise will make things worse. Actually, in moderation, quite the opposite is true. Very real benefits. Even people with...
When Your Parent Drinks Too Much Alcohol

When Your Parent Drinks Too Much Alcohol

While alcohol use is on the rise among older adults, it can be hard to spot. Many of the signs resemble common problems of aging. And who wants to think that when Mom stumbles, for instance, it might be because of drink?! There’s a lot of shame associated with...
Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Did you know that 60% of people with flu symptoms leave the house during their illness? Furthermore, 70% of them go to the drugstore. A good reason to stay clear of the pharmacy during peak cold and flu season! Good preparation involves a lot more than a vaccine. Cold...

Visiting Mom During the Holidays. Something Not Right?

The holiday season is here, and you may have visited, or will be visiting an elderly loved one. Are things different than the last visit? Are you seeing things that don’t seem right?  How do you know if something is wrong?  Below are some areas to consider (note...