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When President George H. W.  Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990, the nation's 41st president was a healthy and able-bodied 66 years old. At that time, he didn't know he would personally benefit years later from this landmark...

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, actually covers a range of chronic lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, non reversible asthma, and bronchiectasis (abnormal scarring of the lungs which can lead to airflow obstruction). COPD makes breathing very difficult for people who have the disease. According...

Being a caregiver already comes with a significant amount of stress on a daily basis. Add holidays to the mix and a caregiver's stress level can go through the roof. However, if you are a caregiver, there are some effective ways you can reduce tension during...

Instead of feeling joyful, the holidays can trigger bouts of sadness, loneliness, and depression in many adults-- especially in seniors. It is usually not the holiday itself that causes sadness for aging adults. Rather, it is often a range of factors surrounding the events between...

For most adults, prescription and non-prescription medications provide safe and effective treatment and relief for a variety of medical conditions. However, for people over 65 some medications can cause serious reactions. For example, your elderly dad pulls a muscle working in the garden and takes...

Last year the flu season was one of the deadliest in decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports influenza killed 80,000 people. Millions more became sick from the respiratory virus and almost one million people were hospitalized. It's a fact that older...

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. It is essential for mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. The consequences of not enough sleep...

Hoarding is the inability to discard or part with an excessive amount of items. Hoarders may focus on accumulating particular things such as paper and clothing or amass vast amounts of general clutter and garbage. Parting with these items causes hoarders great distress and anxiety. Hoarding...

Ageism is the act of stereotyping or discriminating against an individual or group of people based on age. Unfortunately, older adults encounter ageism on a regular basis. This can take the form of clichés in advertising to snide comments made by family, friends, or the...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about half (52%) of Americans turning 65 today will require long-term care (LTC) and support services. These options include: independent senior communities; assisted living; continuing care retirement communities; board and care homes; skilled (nursing) care...