May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

The theme for this year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) is “Communication Takes Care.” Its goal is to raise everyone’s awareness about communication disorders. It is the sad truth that communication impairments often affect the most vulnerable portion of our society – the poor, the disabled and, of course the aged. According to The […]

Anxiety and Depression Increase Dementia Risk

  We all know how devastating a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be. It can cause anxiety and depression.  But, on the flip side, can mental distress increase the risk of developing dementia? There has been an on-going study in England of a group of 70,000 men and women who began the study at age […]

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) with the goal of reducing the stigma that is often associated with alcoholism. Its objective is to reach out to the public with information about alcoholism and recovery. The public needs to be made aware that alcoholism is […]

March Is National Nutrition Month

What a wonderful harbinger of spring is a healthy body poised to go outside and be active in the warming weather. Unfortunately, too many Americans will never be able to be active in the great outdoors because of excess weight.  Nearly two-thirds of adults in the USA are overweight. And, child obesity is on a […]

Hobby Ideas for Seniors

The age-old questions coming from seniors getting ready to retire is, “What am I going to do with all of my free time?” Before you retire is the time to start thinking about starting a hobby.  Do some brainstorming and make some notes. Some of your ideas might even turn into extra income ideas. There […]

Significant Elder Law Changes in Ohio

It has been years since Ohio has seen the significant Elder law changes as it is seeing right now.  There are changes to Medicaid and Veteran benefits all at once. The Veterans changes are fairly drastic.  The law has only been out for comment and the effective date is only in the rumor stages.  The […]

How to Obtain VA Benefits

I frequently see veterans who have returned from tours of duty with a variety of medical and emotional issues that interfere with their ability to enjoy a productive and happy life.  Entitlement to financial help from the Veterans Benefits Administration can be difficult to establish without legal assistance.  The process can take years, with multiple […]

February is Heart Month

Ah – it’s February.  The month of love. The month of Valentine’s Day with its pink and red heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, pink and red greeting cards, pink and red flowers, and everywhere hearts, hearts, and more hearts. February is also Heart Disease Awareness Month – the month to seriously consider the healthiness of your […]

December 7 – 13 National Influenza Vaccination Week

Everyone seems to know when the flu season arrives, but does everyone realize how important flus shots are for the elders in our community? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established NIVW in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. This is because, traditionally, influenza […]

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

It is time to dispel all myths and misconceptions about lung cancer with some little known facts. The first fact is that each year more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths.  It is the leading cause of cancer death […]

Intergenerational Living

Today is almost a flashback to the 40’s and early 50’s in that there are more intergenerational households than there have been in a long time. According to a recent survey, 43% of adult caregivers in the USA that are between the ages of 35 and 62 either reside with a parent, stepparent, or an […]

Post Retirement Blues

It is often surprising to young people how often a new retiree becomes anxious or depressed. As the young see it, after working hard all their adult lives, retirement should be a happy goal achieved. Unfortunately, the reality is that when that retirement day does finally arrive, the retiree looks at his situation and asks, “Who am I, and what do I do with the rest of my life?”