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 By Kimberly Jensen    Health 

When Living Alone Isn't Safe

My mother is living in her home alone. When I went to visit her for Thanksgiving, her home was a mess. When do I know when it is not safe for her to be living alone? This year, I received more calls than usual regarding what... — Updated 1/10/2022

 
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Self-Administered Cognition Test Predicts Early Signs of Dementia

Many people experience forgetfulness as they age, but it's often difficult to tell if these memory issues are a normal part of aging or a sign of something more serious. A new... — Updated 1/8/2022

 

West Nile Virus Results in First South Valley Casualty

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency announced that seven human cases of West Nile Virus have been detected and reported in Tulare County. Kings County reported... — Updated 11/10/2021

 

Aspirin Regimen No Longer Recommended for Everyone

On October 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on aspirin use to prevent heart disease and stroke, also known as cardiovascular disea... — Updated 11/10/2021

 

Prestige Assisted Living to Host Brain Health Webinars

Cognitive decline is one of the most pressing topics facing seniors and their loved ones. The prospect of their memory and acuity diminishing is something many seniors and their loved ones want to avoid. Prestige Senior Living in V... — Updated 8/31/2021

 

Adult Children with College Degrees Influence Parents' Health

Write down the benefits of a college degree and, more than likely, all the items on the completed list will relate to graduates: higher salaries, autonomous jobs and better access... — Updated 8/31/2021

 
 By Peyton Ellas    Health

The Edible Garden is Busy in September and October

Will summer ever end? September is a hopeful month that begins to remind us that winter will be here again someday. It has become harder to predict what kind of fall weather we will... — Updated 8/31/2021

 
 By Bruce Goldman    Health

Immune System 'Clock' Predicts Illness and Mortality

You're as old as your immune system. Investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have built an inflammatory-aging clock... — Updated 8/31/2021

 

COVID-19 Booster Shots 'Needed'

On August 18, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the following statement calling for COVID-19 booster shots: “The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States... — Updated 8/31/2021

 

COVID-19 Makes a Comeback in the South Valley

It really did seem that things were changing and that life was getting back to normal. After all, the state lifted its mask mandate in June. Unfortunately, the one constant in... — Updated 8/31/2021

 

Most Local Seniors Now Vaccinated

Following the increase in the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Tulare and Kings counties, most local residents who are 50 or older have now received at least one vaccine. It also... — Updated 7/9/2021

 
 By Steve Pastis    Health

Dividat Senso Fights Dementia with 'Targeted Play'

Cognitive motor training helps in the fight against Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, according to a study by an international team of researchers with ETH Zurich, a public... — Updated 7/9/2021

 
 By Kimberly Jensen    Health

Loneliness and Dementia; Insurance and Living Facilities

My mom has been living by herself during the COVID pandemic, and I am noticing she is getting extremely forgetful. Does she have dementia? The fear of getting COVID has been very detrimental to the mental health of our seniors. Old... — Updated 7/9/2021

 

Webinar Offered to Caregivers of Those with Memory Loss

It might start small – maybe your mom or dad forgets a birthday, or the cable bill goes unpaid for a month. It might seem like the type of thing that can slip anyone's mind. But... — Updated 7/9/2021

 

New CDC Campaign Aims to Prevent Injury to Adults Ages 65 and Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching "Still Going Strong," a national campaign to bring attention to ways adults age 65 and older can age without... — Updated 7/8/2021

 

Hanford Endocrinologist Creates Diabetes Telehealth Program

Hanford-based endocrinologist Prem Sahasranam, MD, is now offering My Diabetes Tutor, a telehealth education program for residents struggling to manage their diabetes. My Diabetes... — Updated 7/8/2021

 

Heat and Older Adults

People aged 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. Below is information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov) about how you or the person you are caring for can stay... — Updated 7/8/2021

 

New Alzheimer's Treatment Offers Hope, Uncertainty

On June 7, the FDA approved Aduhelm (the brand name for aducanumab) to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease using the "accelerated approval" pathway, which allows the FDA to... — Updated 7/8/2021

 

Vaccine Mistrust among Some Caregivers Puts Seniors at Risk

Just 63% of family caregivers who have doubts about COVID-19 vaccine safety say they'll take the senior under their care to get vaccinated. That's according to a new survey of U.S.... — Updated 5/1/2021

 

Stereotypes Harm Task Performance of Older Adults

When older adults are viewed as cognitively or physically impaired, they perform below their abilities on tasks, according to a recent review article by Sarah Barber, a psychology... — Updated 5/1/2021

 

Tulare County Moves into Less Restrictive Red Tier

State officials announced today that Tulare County is now within the lower Substantial Risk Level – Red Tier of reopening under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Due to steadily declining COVID case metrics and increased... — Updated 3/19/2021

 

Fall Prevention Webinar March 18

As we get older, physical and cognitive changes can lead to everyday activities becoming a little more difficult. These changes can make something as routine as getting up and walking to the kitchen increasingly dangerous for... — Updated 3/3/2021

 

Digital Isolation of Senior Americans Subject of New Study

Older Adults Technology Services, Inc. (OATS), in partnership with the Humana Foundation, released a new report that for the first time quantifies the size and degree of the... — Updated 3/3/2021

 
 By Bruce Goldman    Health

New Study Reveals a Main Cause of Brain Aging

Suppose Smokey Bear were to lose it and start setting forest fires instead of putting them out. That roughly describes the behavior of certain cells of our immune system that... — Updated 3/3/2021

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Locations Increase

Although still in very limited supply, distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine now seems to be on track with more clinics providing vaccinations. As of late February, however, all... — Updated 3/3/2021

 

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