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Ah, fall!

A tree nearby puts on a blinding show of fall color. Seeing that bright scarlet tower against a bright blue sky on a sunny day is breathtaking. I think it’s a sunset maple. For nearly two decades, whenever I pass it, I gasp in awe at this amazing tree’s regal raiment.

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Could flying cars be in our future, a la “The Jetsons?”

Not quite yet, but advances in technology mean today’s new cars are safer, more reliable and fun to drive.

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Thanks to technology, doctors are once again making house calls.

That’s what Steven Kassakian considers the virtual visits that have become the norm thanks to the Corona Virus. Kassakian is chief health information officer and physician at Oregon Health Sciences University. He says home visits via telemedicine brings back some of yesteryear’s benefits of home visits. For instance, the doctor gets to see the patient’s home, can interact with family members, and have a focused conversation regarding the patient’s concerns.

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To ease stress, you can walk, ride a bike, or run into Bud Lewis. The exercise may lift your spirits but the man’s giant smile, hearty handshake, bear hug, and kind words will warm you like a summer day.

Meet Leland Stanford Lewis, recently turned 100. Called “Bud” by everyone, he’s hard to miss. The silver-haired mountain of a man, still strong at 6’2” with sparkling sky-blue eyes, has a voice that fills a room as he remembers your name, asks about your family, conveys a compliment, and introduces you to whomever is near.

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Ready for adventure?

The smoke is clearing, and we’ve all become “comfortable” with safety protocols. After recent months of “pandemic life” we’re all ready for some fun! Favorite pastimes are those spent friends and family, and there are many options. Northwest attractions have reopened and are excited to welcome visitors. They’re doing things a little differently — in fun and creative ways — with safety protocols in place. Just in time for the season, this month we highlight great regional pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more. 

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Ah, fall!

A tree nearby puts on a blinding show of fall color. Seeing that bright scarlet tower against a bright blue sky on a sunny day is breathtaking. I think it’s a sunset maple. For nearly two decades, whenever I pass it, I gasp in awe at this amazing tree’s regal raiment.

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Thanks to technology, doctors are once again making house calls.

That’s what Steven Kassakian considers the virtual visits that have become the norm thanks to the Corona Virus. Kassakian is chief health information officer and physician at Oregon Health Sciences University. He says home visits via telemedicine brings back some of yesteryear’s benefits of home visits. For instance, the doctor gets to see the patient’s home, can interact with family members, and have a focused conversation regarding the patient’s concerns.

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Could flying cars be in our future, a la “The Jetsons?”

Not quite yet, but advances in technology mean today’s new cars are safer, more reliable and fun to drive.

Our everyday movements — walking, reaching and even balancing – reflect the strength of our core. To build a strong foundation and ensure that other muscle groups can perform effectively, you need to start with your core. The best part is that a good core workout can fit into a busy schedule…

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As states around the country open up after months of prolonged isolation due to COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is providing tips to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease about how to protect their loved ones during the reopening process.

The equipment used for physical therapy does not need to be abandoned once you’ve completed your rehabilitation. It’s time to take these versatile pieces of equipment out of the closet and see that they can do so much more – particularly if you are short on storage space or traveling.

A strong relationship with your health care provider is critical to your overall health and well-being. Annual physical exams are important for everyone at any age. But for those on Medicare, the Annual Wellness Visit is equally important. The two sound the same, but they are quite different.

At a certain point in the aging process, you may notice your joints getting a little stiffer and you may start to wonder if a joint replacement is in your future. The procedure is common and has helped millions of people overcome the disabling effects of arthritis, but how do you know when t…

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Like almost everything healthy, emotional check-ins take some effort at first. They may feel odd or awkward, and that’s OK. New things take practice.

May is National Bike Month and a perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and practice social distancing — even when and if quarantines have been lifted.

When the call of the road compels you to pack up the car and head out for adventure, you’ll want to make sure you are feeling in tip-top shape when you get to your destination. The journey may be half the fun, but not if sitting in the same position for long periods of time leaves your body …

If you are concerned about our food system and its impact on animals, soil, water and air, you might consider eating a plant-based diet.

If your income has been affected by the “stay home” orders currently in place and you are struggling to find money to buy groceries, there is help available. Food pantries and meal sites are still operating in many locations across Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. You also may be eligible …

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About a year ago, at age 90, she enlisted the help of James Ryan, MD, who replaced her hip at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. “They did a beautiful job,” Carter says. “It was great to find myself in a quiet, private room and I loved the staff.”

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Time and time again, eager gardeners step into their gardens at the first sign of spring and step out of them with an achy wrist, an injured back and sore knees.

But with a few simple precautions and some before-and-after stretches, you can keep coaxing a healthy harvest out of the soil all season long.

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An innovative program titled ArtsCare, is run by Samaritan Regional Medical Center to help patients use their downtime in fun, creative ways. Artists and musicians spend time with patients and caregivers as they work through feelings about their illness and express themselves in new ways.

Though it’s a bit difficult to average, many studies point to around one pound of weight gain per year for Americans, and even higher for those over the age of 50.

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Edema is the medical term for swelling. It means there is extra fluid in the tissue. There are many ways in which the body can retain excess fluid.

There is no cure for diabetes, but “game changing” technology and breakthrough medications are altering the treatment of this disease that affects nearly one-third of all older adults.

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Syndee West wanted to enroll in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program with her father, but his disease was too advanced for the program, which serves people with prediabetes.

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Jim Cline had just achieved a personal best on the strider machine at the SamFit gym in Newport. The next thing he knew, he was waking up in the Emergency Department. After being told he’d had a heart attack, he asked to call his wife. The doctor dialed the phone and handed it to Jim.

Our new year is off to a great start and the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program wants to remind Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers about other enrollment periods they may be able to use to switch plans before the next Medicare Annual Election Period b…

As an executive with a humanitarian organization, Donni Pitzl of Newport traveled frequently across the globe, mostly throughout Africa, honoring world leaders who embodied the Golden Rule. This is a rule of ethical conduct that embraces treating others with the same respect and dignity one …

Getting screened early for memory loss won’t prevent it from happening, but it can mean the difference in how it’s treated and your quality of life.

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\If you’re age 65 or older, you face an increased risk of falling down: one out of four fall every year. After falling once, your chances of falling again doubles. Falls can cause serious injury — to the brain or hip — and significantly impact mobility. Each year, 2.8 million people over age…

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We tend to think of our DNA as belonging to us alone. After all, DNA, or scientifically speaking, deoxyribonucleic acid, is what defines us as individuals.

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Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging and at times, overwhelming. Currently, more than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Salem resident and former caregiver Susan Jones cared for her partner Elizabeth for 12 year…

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Educate yourself about the options available in continuing care communities, which range from independent living to skilled nursing care.