Exercises that Help Ease Arthritis Pain and Stiffness

October 19, 2017  
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By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What exercises are best suited for seniors with arthritis? I have osteoarthritis in my neck, back, hip and knee and have read that exercises can help ease the pain and stiffness, but I don’t know where to start, and I certainly don’t want to aggravate it. Read more

Hearing Tests Can Miss a Common Form of Hearing Loss

October 19, 2017  
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More challenging tests needed, researchers say

Traditional clinical hearing tests often fail to diagnose patients with a common form of inner ear damage that might otherwise be detected by more intensive behavioral tests, according to the findings of a University at Buffalo-led study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. Read more

Finding Love After 50

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

By Nicole T. Leclerc

If happiness alone isn’t a high enough priority for those looking for a relationship, add health, wealth and longevity into the equation.

Studies have shown that being in a relationship is healthier than being single. Men who live alone are at a dramatically increased risk of dying from a variety of illnesses. Finding a romantic partner transforms your level of happiness, fulfillment and outlook on life while also having tangible health and longevity benefits.  Read more

DVHA Launches Tool to Help Vermonters Compare 2018 Health Plans and Save Money

October 17, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness, News

2018 Open Enrollment Runs from November 1st through December 15th

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Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?

September 19, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age

By Joy Loverde

According to the Journals of Gerontology, “one in three baby boomers falls into the category of separated, divorced, widowed, or never married.” Millennials are also following this trend; a recent Gallup poll indicates that 59 percent of the 73 million millennials are single and have never married. Adding fuel to the fire is the decline in the number of people available to provide in-home care, including family members. Age, longevity, singledom, loneliness, and isolation is a recipe for disaster.

Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?: Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age by Joy Loverde is a step-by-step guide to living the life you want for as long as possible.

Loverde has spent a lifetime interacting with thousands of true experts—old people themselves. Using their advice as a blueprint, Loverde outlines five sections to think about and get in order when planning for old age: personal readiness, housing, relationships (including beloved pets), chronic illness and health, and end of life. Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? includes:

•  Real solutions for creating a support network

•  Tools to foster smarter decision-making including checklists, worksheets, and links to external resources

•  Tips on making a home age-friendly and essential questions to ask the experts

•  Suggestions for planning in areas such as livable neighborhoods, finances, LGBTQ, end of life, and dementia care

•  The latest products and services to make a smoother aging transition

•  Books, movies, songs, and TED Talks for insight and inspiration

A comprehensive manual to creating a quality old age, Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? is designed to be consulted again and again as life evolves and circumstances change.

Joy Loverde is a consultant and spokesperson for the mature-market industry. Her work has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, the CBS Early Show, NPR, and in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. She lives in Chicago. Joy’s contact info: jloverde@elderindustry.com  Website: www.elderindustry.com  Twitter: https://twitter.com/joyloverde

 

 

 

 

 

Best Bikes for Baby Boomers

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

The Easy Boarding bike by Biria. (Photo Courtesy of Biria)

The Easy Boarding bike by Biria. (Photo Courtesy of Biria)

By Jim Miller

If you’re interested in leisurely, recreational riding for fitness and fun, a great option is a “comfort bike,” which is very popular among baby boomers. Here’s what you should know about this option, along with some tips to help you shop and choose.

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Local Support Groups

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

Below is a sampling of local support groups for caregivers and those they are taking care of. Please call the support groups for the latest times and dates, as meetings are subject to change.

Alzheimer’s Support Groups Read more

Making Connections Through Remembered Joy

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

Grandmother SketchBy Trudy Lyon

I remember as a child sitting with my grandmother sorting through vegetable and flower seeds each spring. She would start looking forward to planting her gardens and what if anything she would add new to her already large garden patches. She would reminisce about how her flowers and vegetables grew the previous year and what did well and what did not.

When my grandmother developed dementia and was no longer living in her home, we would take her flowers or go for walks in the neighborhood to look at other people’s flowerbeds. She could no longer remember the names of most of the flowers she had once planted and watched grow in her backyard, but she still loved looking at them. Later, as the dementia progressed and she was not able to get out and around, my sister, who has been a caregiver for as long as I can remember, would take in books or magazines that featured beautiful gardens and numerous varieties of flowers.  Read more

Nurturing Relationships & Meaningful Conversations

July 24, 2017  
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By Stephanie Choate

When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, caregivers are faced with a barrage of responsibilities. Read more

Moving Toward a Cure for Alzheimer’s and Living Well Now

July 24, 2017  
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ALZ- Graze Potter pic

One of the many teams who took part in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. (left to right) Vermont singer/songwriter Grace Potter; Promise Garden representatives Greg Lothrup, Walt Gundel, Kay Howley and LIsa Beilstein; and Emcee Eva McKend from WCAX-TV. (Courtesy Photo)

By Martha Richardson, Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont chapter

I’ll bet you’ve heard or read at least one story about Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in the last week. You may have even had a recent conversation about a family member or friend who is dealing with dementia. That didn’t happen often five or six years ago, but times are changing. And that’s making a profound difference in the world of Alzheimer’s.  Read more

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