The Highs and Lows of Hypertension As We Get Older

The Highs and Lows of Hypertension As We Get Older

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is deceiving. Sometimes called the silent killer because most people don’t feel it since often there are no noticeable symptoms. Many folks don’t know they have high blood pressure until they visit their physician. There is good news. Lifestyle changes can help lower blood pressure and keep it under…

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Ten Ways to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

Ten Ways to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

No matter where you live, it is always possible a disaster could occur without warning, so it’s best to get ready before the shake, rattle, and roll begin. That is the key to surviving a disaster – to anticipate “it” before “it” reaches you.  1. Identify your risk Due to strained financial resources, isolation, and…

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Introduce yourself to the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library

Introduce yourself to the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library

If you live in Oregon and have a print disability that may include visual, physical, and reading difficulties, the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library are available for you. Located in Salem, Oregon, they lend throughout all of Oregon.  Lending is accessible through the mail or via download. “Talking Books delivers a personalized connection to…

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Poor balance is the number one reason why seniors fall

Poor balance is the number one reason why seniors fall

Trouble balancing is the most common reason seniors seek medical help If you’ve ever felt lightheaded or dizzy, you may be having trouble balancing. Often this dizziness is caused by issues with your inner ear.  A common symptom is vertigo where you feel like things around you are spinning.  Good balance is critical to staying…

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The Red Cross Now Offering Free Virtual Home Fire Safety Education

The Red Cross Now Offering Free Virtual Home Fire Safety Education

The number one disaster threat to homes and families isn’t a dreaded Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. It’s not torrential rains and massive flooding.  It’s not even a colossal freeway pileup. Instead, it’s a tiny spark – that leads to a flame – that leads to a fire – a home fire.  One that destroys possessions, displaces people,…

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Don’t Wait: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment ends March 31, 2021

Don’t Wait: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment ends March 31, 2021

Did you know that if you’re unhappy with your Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Part C), you have options? Each year, there’s a Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period from January 1 – March 31. During this time, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan and want to change your health plan, you can do one of these: Switch to a…

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New Program: Caring Connections

New Program: Caring Connections

Seniors are at the highest risk of developing more serious illness from COVID-19 and are being asked to be the most vigilant about social distancing. But, with our new Caring Connections program, loneliness doesn’t have to be a side effect of COVID-19. Caring Connections matches volunteers with tri-county seniors who would appreciate a weekly phone…

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Don’t Let Scammers Spoil the Season

Don’t Let Scammers Spoil the Season

While you’re busy making holiday plans, the crooks are making their wish list. If you know what these con artists are up to, it’s easier to spot scams rather than fall for them. Unfortunately, seniors are a common target for fraudsters, especially during the holidays. Why? Seniors often have nest eggs, own their homes, excellent…

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Making Communication Age-Friendly for Seniors All Over the World

Making Communication Age-Friendly for Seniors All Over the World

The single barrier to communicating with older people is how information is presented in the print form or audibly. The font size on text materials, mainly hard copy and visual displays such as television, can often be too small to read.  Product labels and instructions, particularly for medications, can be hard to decipher. Page layouts…

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