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Gratitude is Good For You

Published: November 22, 2022

It’s the season of thankfulness! As we prepare to gather friends and loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday, we may be thinking of things for which we are grateful so we can participate in the traditional round-robin of thanks before we dig into our feast. Research suggests that gratitude should be a year-round practice and […]

Talk About Your Medicine Month

Published: October 12, 2022

As we get older, it is likely that we will need medication for chronic illness or injury. In the United States, 24% of adults reported taking at least three medications in the last 30 days. Another 12% take five more medications. That’s a lot to keep on track! October is “Talk About Your Medications” month. […]

Make Your Home a Good Fit for Youngest Visitors

Published: September 21, 2022

Becoming a grandparent is one of the most rewarding part of getting older, and you’re especially lucky if those little ones come to your house for a visit. Grandpa and Grandma’s house can be lots of fun—but it also can contain a daunting number of hazards for curious little guests. Here are four things to […]

Keeping Pets Safe in an Emergency

Published: August 9, 2022

Our pets are important members of our families. They keep us company, bring us joy and laughter with silly antics, and in some cases, help us get outdoors and exercise. Research shows that the act of caring for an animal has a positive effect on both our mental and physical health. While wildfire season continues […]

Maintaining Independence in Your Home

Published: July 19, 2022

Most Americans want to stay in their homes as they age. This is not a bad plan, but what if your home doesn’t fit you as well as it once did? Aging can often be accompanied by a change in your ability to manage and move around in your home. That’s where assistive technology—better known […]

Get Out and Enjoy Nature

Published: June 2, 2022

June is Great Outdoors Month, a great reminder to get outside and enjoy the beautiful natural areas in and surrounding the Yakima Valley. Spending time in nature is good for your physical and mental health. “There is mounting evidence, from dozens and dozens of researchers, that nature has benefits for both physical and psychological human […]

Arthritis Awareness Month

Published: May 14, 2022

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. According to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, more than 58 million Americans are living with arthritis—that’s one in every four adults, and half of all people over the age of 65. Arthritis Awareness Month gives us a chance to stop and consider the large impact of a condition that affects […]

Giving to the Next Generation

Published: April 29, 2022

From self-expression to self-direction, there are countless ways for older adults to stay engaged and give back to others at the same time. Some of the most rewarding ways to express yourself and contribute to your community involve passing on experiences, wisdom, and skills to the generations that follow. Everyone has something to share, and […]

How to Avoid Scammers While Shopping Online

Published: March 11, 2022

Online shopping has made it convenient to get goods and services from all over the globe delivered quickly to your home. Need an obscure part for your car? You might get it the next day without leaving your couch. Missing a pair of double-pointed knitting needles to complete your project? You’ll get them in time […]

Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats

Published: February 5, 2022

Valentine’s Day sweet treats are thought of as indulgences, but fruit, chocolate, wine and romance can be good for your heart, says a study out of the University of Michigan. As always, moderation is key. But there are components in grapes, tart cherries, and wine that can lower blood pressure and protect heart muscle. “There […]