managing arthritis

Arthritis Prevention Strategies for Seniors

The month of May is National Arthritis Awareness month, a condition that affects more than 53 million American adults.  In this article, we’ll go over some lifestyle tips that can help you lower your risk of joint issues and arthritis. While you can’t always prevent arthritis due to uncontrollable risk factors like age and family history, there are some healthy habits …

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Tips for Caregivers during Parkinson’s Awareness Month 

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and in honor of raising awareness for this brain condition affecting at least half a million Americans, we wanted to offer some tips for some of the (often) unsung heroes of the condition: the caregivers. We know taking care of a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease can be difficult and overwhelming, so we’ve put …

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Regular Kidney Screenings for Seniors

While kidney disease can happen at any time, people over 60 are more likely to develop it. Additionally, if you have risk factors like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and/or family/genetic history of kidney disorders, your risk of kidney disease is higher. Because kidney disease affects so many people and often presents with very few symptoms, regular kidney screening is the …

Eye Health for Seniors

Vision loss, unfortunately, is a common symptom of aging, with adults over age 40 at the greatest risk of eye diseases and vision issues. While some things may be out of your control, there are steps you can take to prevent vision loss and promote eye health for seniors.  Source

Age-Related Eye Issues

Our eyes are one of the many things that can decline as we get older. In this article, we’ll go over some of the common age-related eye issues, prevention tips, and things that can help with vision loss.  What are the most common age-related vision issues?  How can I prevent age-related vision issues?  While not all of the vision issues …

Benefits of Humor for Stress Management

It’s only natural to have stress in your life, but too much can lead to adverse health issues and just make it much harder to enjoy your life. However, there are many benefits of humor for stress management. Humor can be a surprisingly simple way to help manage your stress! How Humor Helps Your Stress  As simple as it sounds, …

Cybersecurity Tips for Safe Holiday Shopping

Online shopping can be so convenient for the holidays, especially when you can take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from the comfort of your own home this time of year. However, many scammers are aware of how many people use online shopping, and they are out in full force this time of year. This article offers some …

The Importance of Dental Hygiene for Seniors

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Most of us know that eating healthy and exercising are important as we get older, but less of us look to brushing our teeth and flossing as a big impact on our overall health. However, the link between dental health and overall health is an important one, so regular brushing, flossing, and dental appointments …

Caregivers for seniors can find help and hope at Sowega Council on Aging.

Preventing Accidents and Falls at Home 

September is National Fall Prevention Awareness Month and with 36 million falls being reported each year for older adults, it’s an important issue. Falls can risk an older adult’s health and independence, so check out our top tips for preventing accidents and falls at home. Source

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Nursing Home Advocacy

Elder abuse is a big problem, and unfortunately, the rates of elder abuse are high in nursing homes. In some nursing homes, the staff to resident ratio can be very high, and seniors can be neglected too. At SCOA, we want all seniors to be happy and healthy, and that is why we place such an importance on nursing home …