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Family Often First to Spot Hospital Delirium

May 14, 2018 — A May 2018 study from Harvard Medical School found that when a senior experiences delirium during a hospital stay, it’s more distressing to their family than it is to the patient. Delirium can certainly be an upsetting thing to see and hear! Perhaps your elderly mother goes to the hospital for a hip replacement. As... Read More

May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 1, 2018 — Changes that occur in our ears can make it harder to hear as we grow older. Exposure to noise, both on the job and during our leisure hours, adds to the problem. So by the time we turn 65, we have a 30 percent chance of suffering significant hearing loss. By age 75, half of... Read More

Volunteer to Give Your Brain a Boost

April 2, 2018 — April 15–21, 2018 Is National Volunteer Week We honor our volunteers in April and all year long. Older adults in particular are stepping up to help out where they’re needed—in schools, museums, social services agencies, in scouting, in hospitals, for cultural organizations and faith communities. At The Alden Network, we value our volunteers and appreciate... Read More

Incontinence: A Common Condition Nobody Talks About

March 15, 2018 — Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that almost half of all adult women experience urinary incontinence. Senior men also experience the problem. But if you or a loved one is among these 25 million people, you might be surprised at that number. It’s not a topic people habitually chat about like... Read More

Seven Great Reasons to Eat More Whole Grains

March 1, 2018 — March is National Nutrition Month, the perfect opportunity for seniors and people of every age to assess their dietary choices. The foods we eat can make a big difference in our health! This year, why not start with one of the healthiest dietary upgrades we can make—cutting down on refined starches and adding more whole... Read More

Everyone Loves a Healthy Heart

February 15, 2018 — February is American Heath Month. Cardiovascular diseases – including congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke – remain the leading cause of death in the world; yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost a third of cardiac-related deaths are preventable. While some risk factors, such as age and heredity... Read More

January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month

January 15, 2018 — When it comes to glaucoma, “awareness” is a very important word! Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the nerve of the eye and can lead to vision loss—it’s the second leading cause of blindness, and our risk goes up as we grow older. Glaucoma happens when the normal fluid in the front of... Read More

Resolve to Spend More Time With Others in 2018

January 2, 2018 — The Midwest is known as a friendly place. Visitors often return to their own communities commenting on the warmth of those who live here. Maybe that’s why our area is home to some of the most important research on the topic of socialization. A November 2017 study from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine revealed that... Read More