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Shedding Light

Shedding Light

We live in a 24-hour world that, thanks to technology, never has to go dark. But there is a thing as too much light—too much blue light. Blue light isn’t always bad. It’s what makes the sky blue. The sun is the primary source of blue light, which has benefits including increasing alertness, regulating circadian
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Feeling a Little Sensitive?

Feeling a Little Sensitive?

Are you suddenly a little more sensitive—to sunlight? Some medications, foods, and skin care products can cause photosensitivity, an increased reaction to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun that can make your future brighter than you want. Drugs: Antihistamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen), antibiotics, oral diabetes drugs, diuretics, tricyclic antidepressants, some antifungal medicines—all
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Take a Stand Against Falls

Take a Stand Against Falls

When retirees experience an accidental fall, it is common for them to try to hide it or downplay the seriousness. Too many people falsely believe that if they are upfront about their accidental falls that someone else will try to limit their independence. In fact, it’s a declining ability for safe gait and fear of
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Tracking Down How Dogs Sniff Out Diabetes

Tracking Down How Dogs Sniff Out Diabetes

Dogs possess an amazing ability to sniff out changes in human physiology, even drawing attention to diseases such as cancer. Their ability to detect low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and alert humans is well established. People with type I diabetes can experience abnormal drops in blood sugar – potentially resulting in fatigue, unconsciousness, or seizures. That’s
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June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month; early detection matters

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month; early detection matters

For many seniors struggling with memory loss, the decision to see a physician about symptoms and concerns can be a big one.  Having some knowledge about what to expect and knowing what questions to ask may help.  The website for the Alzheimer’s Association is also a great resource, www.alz.org.  Being aware of terms and procedures can provide
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