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What You Should Know Before Elective Procedures

Hospitals, outpatient clinics and physicians’ practices have started providing elective medical procedures; services that had been suspended for several months.

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Light Drinking May Protect Brain Function

Light to moderate drinking may preserve brain function in older age, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. 

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Gloves And The Great Covid PPE Hunt

I recently received a call from two front-line workers who are caring for an elderly friend of mine. “We’re just about out of gloves,” the personal care attendant worker said.

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Conflicting COVID Messages Create Cloud Of Confusion

Since the start of the pandemic, the public has been barraged by conflicting messages.

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As You Become Older, Do You Become “More”?

Someone once said we discover who we really are as we age. I used to wonder if that was true.

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Is A Second Wave Of Coronavirus Coming?

As Americans continue to grapple with the novel coronavirus, one question is on a lot of people’s minds: Are we already seeing, or will we eventually see, a second wave of the virus?

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Souvenirs Bring Back Past Adventures

My body is home, but my mind is roaming the globe. I’m stalking endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, interacting with animals and people in the Amazon.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Face Masks

Face masks are an important part of staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But not all masks are created equal.

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How my caregiving stint reveals disturbing dark side

09 March 2020

I always considered myself a nurturing person. Though I don’t have children, I am a classic hoverer and worrier — a regular Johnny-on-the-spot whenever friends or family require emotional or medical support.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is Healthy When Used For Cooking

08 March 2020

Consuming extra virgin olive oil has proved to have protecting effects for the health, especially due to its antioxidant content.

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As Coronavirus Cases Grow, So Does Scrutiny Of Nursing Home Infection Plans

07 March 2020

CMS is ordering health inspectors to focus on infection-control practices at nursing homes and hospitals, particularly those where coronavirus infections have been identified in the community.

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Should It Stay Or Go? Clearing Out Financial Paperwork

06 March 2020

Paperwork is one of the easiest areas to let a mess build and one of the more challenging categories to tackle.

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Let’s Pay Spouses To Care For Elderly

05 March 2020

For more than a decade, elder advocates in Massachusetts have tried to get state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow a spouse to be paid to care for an elderly or disabled spouse.

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Prescription Drug Prices Rose 3x Faster Than Inflation

04 March 2020

The net cost of prescription drugs, meaning sticker price minus manufacturer discounts, rose over three times faster than the rate of inflation over the course of a decade.

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