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Clear Communication While Wearing a Face Covering

October 1, 2020 — While medical professionals have long been accustomed to wearing a mask, these days the majority of us are adjusting to mask wearing, as well. Epidemiologists continue to confirm that wearing a mask is one of the best ways to protect against COVID-19. We now know that when we wear a mask, we not only protect... Read More
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Manage Health Conditions to Reduce the Risk of Falls

September 15, 2020 — September 22, 2020 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Each year—on the first day of fall, appropriately enough—experts call attention to the serious problem of fall injuries among older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four people older than 65 will suffer a fall each year, and many of... Read More
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Watch Out for an Epidemic of Con Artists

September 1, 2020 — “Get a vaccine for coronavirus!” “Donate to the pandemic relief fund.” “Click here for some important information from the CDC.” Security experts tell us that any time there’s a nationwide emergency, con artists are quick to exploit it. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Older adults may be at higher risk of falling for these... Read More
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Are You Drinking More Alcohol These Days?

August 17, 2020 — A June 2020 post in the Alden Blog shared information to help us maintain a healthy weight and to eat well as we practice social distancing. Now, we focus on another challenge many people are facing these days: increased alcohol consumption. According to Kaiser Health News, liquor sales soared by 55% nationally in May as... Read More
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Preserving Our Sense of Purpose During the Pandemic

August 3, 2020 — Older adults are at highest risk of serious COVID-19 illness. But while social distancing is the best way to protect against exposure to the coronavirus, experts warn that it has led to an epidemic of loneliness among older adults—and many report feeling a loss of purpose in life. Everyone wants to feel as if they... Read More
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Time to Go Outside! But Protect Your Eyes.

July 15, 2020 — Most of us have been spending a lot of time indoors as we’ve been socially distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. But experts tell us that we need to get outside! Spending time outdoors provides us with vitamin D, reduces depression, improves sleep and even promotes longevity.   By now we know precautions to take as... Read More
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Enjoy Alden’s Issue of Caregiving Magazine

July 13, 2020 — The Alden Network is proud to sponsor this month’s issue of the Caregiving, a new magazine focused on “support and resources for aging loved ones.” This inaugural issue features helpful and supportive info for caregivers and seniors, including exercise tips, recipes, and news briefs, plus articles on topics such as long-term care insurance and how... Read More
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A Good Time to Review Antibiotic Safety

July 1, 2020 — Health care organizations report that many people who test positive for the coronavirus are asking for antibiotics, thinking this will treat COVID-19. It’s important to know that antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections, and do not work with viruses. However, some patients with COVID-19 may also develop a secondary bacterial infection, such as pneumonia.... Read More
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Avoiding the “Quarantine 15”

June 15, 2020 — We’re now three months into social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Under the advice of local health departments, some of us are venturing out of our homes a bit more—and noticing that when we swap our jammies and sweatpants for our regular clothes, we’re having trouble zipping up our jeans! Many people are joking about... Read More
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Reducing Anxiety in Trying Times

June 1, 2020 — Most of us have typical concerns about things like our general health, making ends meet, and the well-being of our families. And these days, it feels as if the coronavirus pandemic has exponentially compounded them all.  It goes without saying that we can be excused for being fretful. Yet for some of us, those worries... Read More