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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 ( 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


FREE Bus Rides to COVID Vaccinations in Tulare County

Public transportation agencies and transit organizations are helping to get the people of Tulare County vaccinated against COVID-19 by providing free bus rides to those in need of... — 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


Study Shows People over 45 at Greater Risk of STDs

Middle-aged adults face a greater risk of catching sexually transmitted disases than ever before because society is unwilling to talk about older people having sex, a new study has... — Updated 1/13/2021


Senior Loneliness a Concern as Pandemic Continues

As social restrictions continue in support of public health, risks associated with isolation permeate among the aging population. According to a Wells Fargo study conducted by The... — Updated 1/13/2021


COVID-19 Still Impacts Events and Programs for Local Seniors

Despite the two promising new vaccines approved last month to fight COVID-19, the pandemic's infection and death rates continue to increase. As of December 21, Tulare County has... — Updated 1/13/2021


Dementia Care Today, Q&A with David Troxel, MPH

David Troxel, MPH, is an author, dementia care expert and consultant, and former executive director of the Santa Barbara Alzheimer's Association. Troxel lives in Sacramento, and... — Updated 10/11/2020


What Happens this Fall When Influenza Meets Covid-19?

We at The Good Life were wondering what changes to expect with the COVID-19 epidemic when flu season begins. Fortunately, Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught was... — Updated 10/11/2020


Kaweah Delta Joins Mayo Clinic, Others in COVID-19 Study

Kaweah Delta has joined the Mayo Clinic and hospitals across the country in a study to determine whether plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 can effectively help others recover from the virus. As part of the... — Updated 7/24/2020


10 Technologies to Keep You Healthy During a Quarantine

Over a million people in the U.S. live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. With stay at home recommendations continuing around the country, it is more important than... — Updated 7/24/2020


Six Things to Do before Your Next Outpatient Procedure

To ensure a successful outpatient procedure and smooth recovery: • Check qualifications. Before you schedule a procedure, be sure your anesthesia care will be led by a physician anesthesiologist, and that the other physicians... — Updated 7/24/2020


Alzheimer's Association Offers Online Activities

The Alzheimer's Association has converted all of its in-person programs and support groups to virtual platforms for education, and to telephone for support groups. "In addition to converting all of our local programs, the... — Updated 5/10/2020


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