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Don’t ‘fall’ for misconceptions on falls and aging

By Dr. David Rideout, M.D. Falling is one of the major factors that impedes the independence of seniors as we age. Complications from falls are the leading cause of death from injuries in older men and women. Over the last decade and with the growing senior population, there has been a significant increase in visits […]

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Elder health Q&A: Blood Pressure

James McAllister, RN Photo/submitted By James McAllister, RN How many Americans have high blood pressure? It is reported that about one in every three American adults has high blood pressure, that’s about 70 million people. However, looking at the American population that is over the age of 60 that percentage goes up and is closer […]

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The Top of the Hill Gang just won’t sit still

Men and women over 50 who are looking for increased social connections in an athletic and sporting setting have come together in The Top of the Hill Gang of New England ( They gather and enjoy one another’s company year round, “sharing common interests that nourish our love of being active and having fun.” They ski, hike, bike, travel and socialize together. They play golf, tennis, kayak and do hosteling, enjoy social events including dinner dances, clambakes, riverboat rides and game nights. They go to cultural venues such as museums and musical concerts.

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Newton golfers hit the links for fun and friendship

Newton – The game of golf continues to be a favorite national pastime despite indications that show a decline in participation and closure of more than 160 golf facilities in the United States from a high of 14,600 in 2006, according to the April 2015 edition of The Economist.

But don’t point out negative statistics to one group of over-55 golfers who call Newton Commonwealth Golf Course their home. The Newton Senior Golf League (NSGL) is alive and stronger than ever, said League coordinator Ted Korelitz, with a roster of 55 players who tee off every Tuesday for nine holes, weather permitting, from April through October.

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Health care and long term care: two different worlds

State policymakers are once again trying to change the health care system to save money, produce better health outcomes, and increase the consumers’ satisfaction with their care. If the subject of long-term services and supports (LTSS) ever comes up, it is usually in the context of the larger health care system.

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Home sweet home for adopted dog

Cedar Falls, Iowa – Some circumstances fall together so beautifully it’s almost certain they were meant to be.

So goes the story of Pops the dog and his friendship with residents of the Western Home’s Thalman Square, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.

On Feb. 10, Pops arrived at the Cedar Bend Humane Society (CBHS). The odds were long for finding the 9-year-old Labrador retriever mix a forever home.

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