Millions of Americans live with heart conditions that can turn deadly, but the American Heart Association (AHA) is committed to funding research, awareness and care. Every year, Alaskans take a Saturday in April to help to raise money for the AHA, while also practicing heart healthy habits. On April 21, joins Alaskans in the Alaska… Continue reading
January marks Glaucoma Awareness Month, a sight-stealing disease affecting more than 3 million people. Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve and for the millions of people sufferi
ng from glaucoma, its effects often sneak up on them. As much as 40 percent of a person’s vision can be lost without
a person noticing, giving the… Continue reading
One in 11 Americans suffer from diabetes. November marks National Diabetes Month an event aimed at spreading awareness about the risks, symptoms, complications, prevention and management of diabetes.
The 2017 National Diabetes Month theme is “You Are the Center of Your Diabetes Care Team.” You can check out the theme video here. The goal is… Continue reading
Every 13 seconds and older adult is treated in the emergency for a fall related injury.
Falling is the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for elderly Americans. But aging doesn’t necessarily mean that your older loved ones have to fall. There are certain risk factors that you can look for that will… Continue reading
Talking to our elderly loved ones about fall prevention can be challenging, as with many issues that arise around the topic of aging. Often times, it’s really hard for people to accept that their ability to get around is compromised or that their sense of independence is declining. As we’ve talked about before, many falls… Continue reading
September is Fall Prevention Month!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, one in every three adults aged 65 or older will suffer a fall. It is likely that such a fall will result in moderate to severe injuries, including hip fractures and head trauma. It is also well known… Continue reading
Now that we’ve talked about what independence really means for most seniors, let’s look at a few important keys to helping seniors remain independent, for as long as possible.
Paying attention to your health is one of the most important things you can do for your independence:
Exercise regularly—we already talked a lot… Continue reading
In Alaska (and other places with distinct seasons) the end of summer can bring on a whole range of emotions and also trigger changes in our daily patterns. It can be a fun time of year, but it also might be a time of year that causes a little anxiety for us. As we get… Continue reading
Alaskans are an independent lot. It’s really a huge part of our identity and perspective. As we age, we often experience threats to aspects of our independence that we may have taken for granted. That’s why we’re celebrating the spirit of independence and independent living throughout the month of July—to increase dialogue about ways to… Continue reading