A month when many people prioritize health and wellness, January is a fitting time to dedicate increased awareness to an often overlooked but hugely impactful influence on our health: the thyroid gland. The American Thyroid Association (ATA) has designated January as Thyroid Awareness Month. Throughout January, the ATA promotes outreach, education, and fundraising efforts to support the prevention, treatment, and cure of thyroid diseases and thyroid cancer.
A diagnosis of dementia is life-changing, whether it comes for you or a loved one. People often experience denial or fear when they start noticing signs of dementia, but the sooner you get a diagnosis, the sooner you can begin treatment. If you have an aging parent or family member, it’s important to educate yourself on the early warning signs of dementia and to prepare for what to do next if you recognize these signs in your loved one.
When your parent is facing an emergency situation, the last thing you want to be doing is scrambling to locate essential documentation in an overflowing file cabinet or standing in line at a government office trying to obtain official copies of lost documents. When emergency strikes, moments matter. In a crisis, you should be able to quickly lay your hands on copies of all important personal, health, financial, and end-of-life records.
Ice, snow, and freezing temperatures make life more difficult for all of us, but slippery sidewalks and cold weather add an extra element of danger for seniors. During the winter, seniors run a greater risk of injury or illness related to weather, including falls, frostbite, or seasonal depression. To help the senior in your life stay healthy and happy this season, follow these tips for winter safety.
In the Midwest, extreme winter conditions are just part of the package. But it’s not all negative wind chills and snowdrifts up to your nose. Minnesota and Iowa winters are also uniquely beautiful, full of sunny days and bright blue skies that make freshly fallen snow sparkle. The first snowfall of the season doesn’t have to send us scurrying indoors to hibernate until the final thaw. With some preparation and a few common sense precautions, there are plenty of outdoor activities seniors can enjoy throughout the winter.