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IT’S FLU SEASON: NEWS AND VIEWS

Special Edition: Flu Season News and Views   This year’s flu season is off to a roaring start. First, the bad news. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), last year was a deadly record-breaker. Perhaps because of spreading anti-vaccine sentiment, vaccinations were at the lowest level in...


Hazardous Chemicals and Dangerous People

Hazardous Chemicals and Dangerous People   The medication you’ve taken for years can turn on you. Recently my 90-year-old father began suffering from dizzy spells and falling. Thank goodness he hasn’t hurt himself seriously, and he’s in rehab to get his strength back. The culprit? He had been taking...


Safety at Home—Next Steps

Safety at Home—Next Steps   You’ve reduced trip and fall hazards in the home. Now what? Make yourself fall-resistant. Banisters and rails are helpful, but when they are absent, there’s no substitute for a sturdy cane, quad cane, or walker. Keep them on hand and use them. Make sure...


Safety Begins at Home

Safety Begins at Home What’s the one of the things seniors value most? Their independence. Oscar lives in the house he built 55 years ago, and he fully intends to stay there the rest of his life. He’s proud of the home he’s carefully tended all these years. With...


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Season to Taste

  Season to Taste What a coincidence: as Baby Boomers age, bland diets for seniors are on the decline. The conventional wisdom used to be that soft, pasty foods and bland diets were considered the best choice for seniors. Naturally, as the activists of the ‘60s begin arriving in...