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Avoiding “Side Effects” of the Quarantine

Posted on May 28, 2020 - By now most of us are well aware of steps we can take to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s top of mind for most folks when we think about our health at this time. We wash our hands, use hand sanitizer when we can’t, avoid touching our face, wear a mask when advised to do so, and keep our distance from others. And yet, we could be inadvertently increasing certain health risks during this time. Diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, heart disease, stroke … chronic and acute health conditions aren’t taking a holiday right now! It’s important not to overlook some of the “side effects” of social distancing that could put our health at risk in other ways.

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Strong relationships promote physical activity in older adults

Posted on May 26, 2020 - University of Hawaii Manoa public health experts say that when it comes to motivating older adults to get enough exercise, social relationships are very important—but that can be a real challenge during quarantine. “We must find innovative ways to maintain connectedness and physical activity, while also following public health guidelines,” said the study authors.

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Clothed with God's Power

Posted on May 25, 2020 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is much in the news right now. From grocery clerks to medical staff, bus drivers to nursing home aides, essential workers need protective clothing, goggles, and other gear to ward off the coronavirus and stay safe. The rest of us also need masks and gloves, not just for our protection, but to protect others from ourselves.

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Coronavirus Calls Attention to an Epidemic of Ageism

Posted on May 21, 2020 - During May, we have been celebrating Older Americans Month. The theme for 2020 is “Make Your Mark,” encouraging us to recognize the many contributions seniors make to their families, their communities and to the nation. As it happens, 2020 is an especially good time to focus on older Americans, because this year as the coronavirus pandemic has grown, there has been increased attention to the way older adults are portrayed and treated in this country and around the world. Ageism has come to the forefront.

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7 Coronavirus Protection Strategies for Seniors

Posted on May 19, 2020 - What if a caregiver comes to your loved one’s house? What if you’re scheduled to receive a routine vaccine? Consumer Reports shares a list of safety recommendations for older adults at this time.

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