Senior Life

News & information for the seniors in our community

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The lottery scam:
Think you've won the lottery? Think again

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[September 21, 2012]  (ARA) -- You've probably dreamed about what you'd do if you won the lottery -- quit your job, build your dream home or even donate a large sum of money to your favorite charity. The allure of a huge amount of money falling into your lap cannot be denied. Scammers know these dreams and feelings well, and prey on them, making lottery and sweepstakes scams one of the most prevalent types of scams out there, according to the Better Business Bureau.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

State recognizes September as Healthy Aging Month, urges seniors to get flu shots

Getting a vaccination this month will protect through the entire flu season

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., reminds the public that September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance that focuses attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The observance proves to be a good time for older adults to assess how they are doing and take preventive measures regarding their health. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Expert Q&A: 'Wear and tear' or osteoarthritis of the knee

(ARA) -- More than 10 million Americans begin their day with their usual routine, only to discover the spring in their step has been replaced by a creak in their knees. "Wear and tear" disease or osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is the most common form of arthritis and can be life-changing. The associated pain and stiffness decreases an individual's ability to carry out routine day-to-day activities, such as climbing stairs or standing for a long period of time. It is estimated that women older than 50 years of age are more likely to develop OA of the knee than men.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

'Lunch and Learn' Sept. 25 at Oasis Senior Center

The Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland, in cooperation with Senior Citizens of Logan County, has scheduled a "Lunch and Learn" program for informal caregivers of older adults and for grandparents and other relatives raising children. It will be at noon Sept. 25 at the Oasis Senior Center, 501 Pulaski St. in Lincoln.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Trouble remembering to take your medications?
Text message reminders may help

(ARA) -- Americans are busy people, and with everything that goes on in our daily lives, remembering to take a prescribed medication can be a challenge. But studies show that forgetting your medications has consequences, including creating a more serious and even dangerous health issue. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, nearly 70 percent of medication-related hospital admissions in the United States are the result of not taking a prescription medication as directed by a doctor.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Foot care tips to keep boomers moving

(ARA) -- Just a few decades ago, the phrase "granny shoes" implied a tragic lack of coolness, and that the wearer had allowed comfort to trump style in their slow shuffle toward getting old. Those days are definitely gone.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)


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Irritable bowel syndrome: As many as 1 in 7 have it, but few speak of it

(ARA) -- It's a disorder that affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. Its exact cause is not known and for those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, the symptoms can have a significant impact on their life. It may impact a person's emotional, personal and work life. And there's the additional burden that comes from living in a society where the word "bowel" is rarely spoken. Many people suffering do not see their doctor and those around them may be unaware of the impact or even the existence of the disorder.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Find hot flash relief the natural way

(ARA) -- As women enter their 40s and 50s, it's inevitable. Menopause will begin. And so will the hot flashes. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Waterproof hearing aids

(ARA) -- Not too long ago Susan Kladitis felt like quitting life.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

How women can take control of their financial future

(ARA) -- As women continue to break the glass ceiling in the working world, they also need to keep in mind their potential vulnerability in the financial world. Women tend to be more concerned about monthly expenses than saving enough for retirement, according to a recent survey sponsored by the Retirement Services Division of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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