3 Things to Do Today to Prevent Falls

The phone calls from my Dad have come all too often. “Amy, your mother has had a fall,”  he’d say. I’d slide out of bed into my shoes and race to my parents’ apartment, sometimes meeting the emergency squad when I arrived.  We’d spend hours in the emergency room, grateful every time she came home without any broken bones or a concussion. Each fall set her back, increasing pain and limiting her mobility.  That resulted in less strength, poor circulation …

‘Life and Death in Assisted Living’ – Investigative Project Premieres

If you have a loved one in assisted living – or see that possibility on the horizon – this week brings some essential TV viewing and reading. “Life and Death in Assisted Living” is an investigative journalism project with several public faces: a powerful television documentary (premiering July 30 on the PBS series Frontline); a four-part, deeply reported web presentation (starting July 29 at ProPublica.org); and an online chat with correspondent A.C. Thompson and two of the documentary’s subjects on …

Proceed with Caution – Online Dating Tips

Dr. Pepper Schwartz: Yes, but you need to be careful. While the vast majority of people are reasonably honest (they may fudge a bit on weight or height), there are always a few opportunists and scam artists out there, and you need to be cautious. If you meet online, get some facts about the person’s life -where he went to school, where he works and lives now – and then Google him and check out the facts. If they aren’t …

With the Aid of Science! “Magic” Carpets and Cyborgs for Everyday Use!

So what cool new health research came out this week? There’s some spiffy ideas out there that could help older folks live longer and safer at home. Interestingly enough, all this elegant tech is designed to make mundane life easier. Simply put, it’s hard to make life “normal” and “everyday.” But still we try. “Magic” Carpet: It looks like a rug and lies like a rug. Nothing overtly interesting about the surface you’re walking upon. But what if your carpet …

100-Year-Old Driver Hits 14 In L.A.; Is Age to Blame?

Eleven people — including nine children — were hit when Preston Carter, 100, backed his “powder blue Cadillac” on to a Los Angeles sidewalk Wednesday. Everyone is expected to survive, but four children remain at the hospital after being in critical condition. “I think it was a miscalculation on his part,” said the local police captain. “The gentleman is elderly. Obviously he is going to have some impairment on his decision making.”

Healthy Travel

With the recent outbreak of norovirus aboard two cruise ships, let’s take a bit of a look at maintaining health during travel.  Getting out and about is great fun, and with a few bits of choice knowledge, you can make your trip safer as well. Airplanes are one instance that presents several situations, from cramped quarters to low air pressures. So the guy next to you is sneezing like crazy the whole flight and you feel like you just walked …