Keeping older people safe in the summer heat

Make sure you know the signs of life-threatening heat stroke

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

Avoiding heat stroke is important for seniors who may be taking medicines that make them more susceptible.

Credit: Thinkstock – Know the signs of heat stroke and how to avoid it.

If you’ve ever lived in a hot place without air conditioning, you know how miserable it can be. But getting overheated is more than just unpleasant for older people. It can be dangerous, and even deadly.

That’s why it is important to be aware of READ MORE

9 ways to help your spouse with a sleep apnea machine

A CPAP will result in better sleep for both of you

By Madeline Vann for Next Avenue

A CPAP machine can improve sleep quality.

Credit: Adobe Stock – Sleeping with a CPAP machine can improve how both you and your partner sleep.

If your spouse has sleep apnea, his or her CPAP machine for it could save your sleep, health, and marriage. But first you need to find effective ways to help and support your husband or wife.

Whatever you do, don’t READ MORE

Is it time to downsize your dog?

A big dog can cause a fall, so the next one will be smaller

By Jane Gross for Next Avenue

Jane Gross and Henry, her standard poodle.

Credit: Courtesy of Jane Gross – Jane and her dog, Henry, a 10-year-old standard poodle.

Henry is a 10-year-old standard poodle, weighs 50 pounds, stands 2-feet-3-inches tall and has liver cancer. I am a 67-year-old woman, 5-feet-tall and tipping the scales at 85 pounds — with brittle bones, bad eyes and bursitis in my shoulder.

This READ MORE

5 commonly overlooked or misdiagnosed conditions in older adults

Certain diseases are often mistaken for others. Know the differences.

By Frieda Wiley, PharmD for Next Avenue

Sometimes it's not just your age that's ailing you.

Credit: ThinkStock Learn the signs and symptoms of five commonly misdiagnosed or overlooked conditions in people age 50 and older.

It’s no mystery that time and medical conditions may accelerate changes in our bodies as we age. Eventually, some of those changes might make it more difficult to distinguish between certain conditions and the READ MORE

How to declare your financial independence

Tips from a man who did, plus apps and sites that can help you

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

You can achieve financial independence

Learn five tips for declaring your financial independence.

(Next Avenue is republishing this 2014 blog post, timed to July 4th.)

As the 4th of July nears, what better time to talk about a few ways that could help people in their 50s or 60s declare their financial independence within the next few years?

You may READ MORE

When doctors should ignore end-of-life directives

Things are not always black and white during a health crisis

By Dr. Kathryn B. Kirkland for Next Avenue

Knowing your wishes for end-of-life is important in a medical emergency.

Credit: Adobe Stock – Advance directives will remain an important part of the picture: They ensure that decisions about medical interventions at the end of life are in the hands of patients and that patients’ values drive these decisions, even when they can’t speak for themselves.

(This article was provided by The Op-Ed Project, with which the writer is a fellow.)

Sheila was very clear about her wishes for the end of life. She was 88 years old and a former hospice volunteer. When her time came, she wanted no ventilator, no feeding READ MORE

Strike up the band!

One of our favorite summer traditions takes place on July 10, when we welcome the Ark City Community Band back to our front lawn for their season finale.

The band will close out its 146th season with the 7 p.m. performance at Arkansas City Presbyterian READ MORE

Too old to learn a language? Don’t believe it

As an older adult, you have skills that can help — and your brain will thank you

By Bill Ward for Next Avenue

Studies indicate that attaining a working ability to communicate in a new language may actually be easier and more rapid for the adult than for the child.

Photo Credit: Adobe Stock – Immersing ourselves in another language at whatever age expands not only our minds, but our lives.

Conventional wisdom holds that the older we get, the harder it is to learn a new language. Which is true — except when it’s not.

Turns out that while our brains might not be as quick or deft as in those halcyon days of youth, all that hard-earned READ MORE

8 things to avoid this summer if you have allergies

With the weather working against you, here are ways to limit symptoms

By Robin Wilson for Next Avenue

With the hot and humid weather of summer, the symptoms of allergies are in full swing for many.

With the hot and humid weather of summer, the symptoms of allergies are in full swing for many.

With the hot and humid weather of summer, the symptoms of allergies are in full swing for many. As an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and author READ MORE

Why I call my Dad even if it’s not Father’s Day

My phone calls to him used to be obligatory, but loss has a way of changing things

By Jill Smolowe for Next Avenue

Jill Smolowe with her father

Caption: Jill Smolowe with her father

When I was a college undergraduate, I used to call my parents every Thursday night. The calls were mandatory, the price of college tuition, so to speak. Invariably, my mother would answer, then yell, “Dick! Pick up! It’s Jill.”

Nothing of substance READ MORE