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 …
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.
You know it’s important to never stop learning, but recent research has shown it can actually improve your brain’s cognitive abilities.
Experiencing and managing chronic health conditions can be very hard and is sometimes overwhelming. Unfortunately, there are no quick solutions, leaving one wishing for a superhero to come save the day,
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…
We have all been reminded how important it is to see your doctor every year for your annual physical exam. The truth is, it’s even more important as you grow older.
With summer around the corner and the warm temperatures we experienced earlier this month, keeping cool will be a priority. While heat-related illness is preventable, many people get sick, and even die, from extreme heat each year.
For anyone living with a chronic disease, whether it’s cancer, an auto-immune disorder, pain issues or any other health problem, it is imperative that you optimize your intestinal health.
In an interview with AARP some years back, they mentioned that so many people serving as caregivers don’t necessarily see themselves or identify as a caregiver. They asked, “How do people know if they are indeed a caregiver?”
May is Mental Health Awareness month and a good time to be open about mental health. Statistics tell us that one in five people in the United States experience a mental health problem every year, including seniors.
Our kidneys work hard to keep us healthy so it is good to take some time to think about what we can do to keep them healthy. Our kidneys work 24/7 filtering our blood, removing toxins and fluids to keep our bodies well.
After this crazy winter weather, many of us have been looking to amp up our fitness routine outdoors. But there’s one fitness activity that is independent of the weather — your local aquatic center.
Colleen Milliman only started running at age 90 and has been crushing her competition since. (Photos by Paul W. Harvey IV)
Heart health is a very important topic. Many of the people I work with have atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, on some level. A-fib is when the upper chambers of the heart get too many signals to beat, so the heart quivers without really giving a good strong beat.
More Oregonians are making their end-of-life wishes known through forms known as Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, according to research published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke as quickly as possible and calling 911 is key to having the best recovery possible. However, getting to the hospital is just the first of four phases in your recovery.
According to the Pew Research Center, up to 75 percent of adults have searched online for health-related information in the last year. Yet, sometimes, online searching results in inaccurate information. So, how much should you trust the health information you read online?
The ultimate fix for aging joints is to “stay strong or get strong.” When it comes to joints, physical therapist Mike Studer, president and co-owner of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates, strongly believes strength is paramount to healthy aging.
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