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When Lucy Morgan retired years ago, the opportunity to own a moving company serving seniors “fell into my lap.” After owning and working in the industry for another 15 years she was ready for her next adventure.
Calling all weekend warriors and home improvement heroes! Before you kick off a home project, take time to warm up and stretch. You want to be back at it the next day to complete the project — not sidelined with an injury!
When the weather gets chilly, I welcome any excuse to stay in bed after the alarm goes off. But I also love to start my day checking off a task. This presented a little dilemma until I incorporated stretches specifically designed to be completed before even getting out of bed!
When Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP CEO and author of Disrupt Aging, received "over the hill" cards and sentiments on her 50th birthday, she realized she wanted to challenge outdated beliefs about aging and encourage others to celebrate aging well.
Jenkins’ book explores living fully at stage, and encourages retirees and soon to be retirees to embrace the following ideas supporting living well as an “Active Adult.”
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.
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.
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.
Vince Woods Farm
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…
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.
Sharon Flock arises each day at 5 a.m., sits down at her sewing machine and starts working. About 11 p.m., she turns off her machine and goes to bed.
Suzy Conway wasn’t planning on weaving the halls of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis on May 6, 2019. In fact, she had other plans that evening.
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…
My years in the fitness world have revealed many myths about strength training, which I find myself debunking time and time again.
The leadership team and caregivers at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center have developed new, innovative ways to care for residents and patients during the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
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 …
Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort to a person dealing with a serious illness, but the services available and when a person can receive each service is quite different.
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 …
When Glenda Dennis arrives for her interview, this 70-year-old nurse is, as expected, dressed in scrubs. It’s been her way of life for decades.
One of the biggest safety risks in our homes as we age is falling down. We can trip over items, lose balance and the ability to be mobile.
\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…
Last month, we helped explain the different levels of continuing care available through independent and assisted living, as well as in memory care, adult foster homes and retirement communities.
A good motivator can inspire aging older adults to chuck off stereotypes about getting older, tossing the canes and walkers – and having a good time in the process.
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