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West Side Senior News & Notes

City, County Age-Friendly plans approved SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County officials announced the World Health Organization (WHO) and AARP recently approved the County’s and City of Akron’s Age-Friendly Strategic Plans. In partnership with Direction Home, the county and the city are members of the WHO and AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, a global effort to make communities more livable for […]

Loneliness a health threat for seniors

There is a public health threat looming across the U.S. that’s not visible to most but affects nearly half of all Americans daily: loneliness. Social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is twice as harmful as obesity. Worst of all, loneliness is a contributing factor in senior suicides, which are rising in […]

West Side Senior News & Notes

Women have higher risk  for Alzheimer’s GREATER AKRON — Over six million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to 13 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In the U.S., almost two-thirds of all Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women. Association officials stated scientists have identified a gene that appears to increase […]

Lighting can reduce falls in nursing homes

(StatePoint) Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in U.S. adults aged 65 or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the aging population enters long-term care facilities, fall prevention will become an increasingly important public health priority. A first-of-its-kind, two-year study conducted by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Division of Sleep and Circadian […]

How to choose quality vitamins, supplements

(Family Features) More than half of Americans take an over-the-counter vitamin or dietary supplement, but many may not realize that the quality of these products can vary greatly. Because supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, not all are quality products. When choosing a vitamin or other supplement, checking for independent verification can help ensure quality. […]

Caring for a loved one from afar

(Family Features) Caring for a family member or loved one with a serious health condition like Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be a big undertaking and often takes a concerted effort from many family members and friends to provide the best care possible. PD is one condition that may have an impact on the entire family, necessitating a broad care network. […]

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