Freedom News

Archive for January 2012

Knowing Your Medications

It is a common occurrence for seniors to be hospitalized due to an injury or illness, discharged and then readmitted shortly thereafter for the same problem.

Research has shown that when seniors are discharged with a “to-do” list,...

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Nanny’s Doggie Door-Stop

When my mother-in-law passed away, her sons gathered in the condo in Florida to pack up and divide up the contents of the home. Each arrived with a list of family favorites. There were items that each son, daughter-in-law and/or grandchild...

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My Grandma Has a Facebook?!?!

Imagine waking up, logging onto Facebook and seeing a friend request from your Grandmother!

My first reaction was to call my mother and ask, “Since when does Nana have a Facebook???”

My grandmother, who I once unsuccessfully...

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10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs around this time every year. Some people like to refer to this depression as the “Winter Blues.”

For some, the symptoms may begin in the fall. For...

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What to Say & Not To Say to Someone Ill

In the presence of someone ill, I often experience mixed feelings – despite the fact that I am a social worker and often visit elderly clients whose health is failing.

I sometimes struggle to find the right words, but I depend on...

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Linking Decision Makers to Services

It has amazed me for more than 30 years as a professional in the field of aging how many people delay or totally ignore any kind of planning for the realities of aging- be these realities physical, emotional or financial.

One can assume...

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Communication is Key

In a recent New York Magazine article about longevity research in centenarians titled, “What Do a Bunch of Old Jews Know About Living Forever?”, reporter, Jesse Green refers to the National Institute on...

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Laughter: The Best Medicine

When we are stressed, tired or conflicted, we do so much to try and make ourselves feel better. While there are many ways to manage and avoid these feelings, there is one remedy that will work the fastest and bring us back to a normal...

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Steps to Protect and Improve Health

There are many ways to protect your health. Below are some preventive health measures that may help you start a conversation about preventive health actions at your next doctor’s visit.

Screening and brief counseling by doctors on use...

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