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Why Won’t My Parents Just Stay Home?: Older Adults and COVID-19 Restrictions

Older adults as an age group have been particularly resistant to changing their behaviors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. So often faced with age-related limitations on what they can do, they fight back against what others tell them to do, even if it is in their best interest. Moreover, at the end of the day, they many not see themselves as high-risk because they simply do not perceive themselves as “old.”

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By Lisa Weitzman | 05/18/2020

Diabetes and Hypertension as Risk Factors for Kidney Disease in Older Adults

For older adults, the risk for kidney disease especially critical as studies show that diabetes can increase with age due to factors such as obesity, decreased activity, hypertension and insulin resistance. Because of medical advances in the treatment of diabetes, patients with the disease are living longer, thus leading to more diabetes-related complications, such as kidney disease.

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05/18/2020

Recognizing COVID-19 Scams

As COVID-19 impacts lives around the world, we may feel vulnerable, confused and in need of information, whether on how to keep ourselves and loved ones safe, or how to help support the doctors and nurses who work tirelessly to save lives. Sadly, the uncertainty of the times has also given rise to people who seek to take advantage of this vulnerability and confusion through scams, misinformation and false promises of cures and treatments. Our older loved ones may be particularly vulnerable to these scams as well. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), adults over the age of 60 lose money to scams at twice the rate of people between 20 and 59.

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2020

Tips to Avoid Foreclosure

When we fail to make our mortgage payments, foreclosure may occur. Foreclosure is the legal means that a lender can use to repossess, or take over, a home. When this happens, we must move out of our home. If our property is worth less than the total amount we owe to the bank, a deficiency judgment, which is a ruling made by a court against a borrower who does not have enough funds to pay back their loan, could be pursued against us. If that happens, we not only lose our home, but we also then owe our lender additional fees. Both foreclosures and deficiency judgments could seriously affect our ability to qualify for credit in the future.

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By Antoinette Smith | 04/15/2020

Practicing Mindfulness as an Older Adult

There’s no question that caring for our physical health is one of our most important concerns as we age. But maintaining physical wellness comes with concerns and sources of stress that can leave us feeling worse for wear. Whether it’s a disheartening doctor’s appointment or worries about flu season, our stress can start to impact our overall wellness, and the strain on our mental health can put strain on our physical health. But how can we cope with stress, when it feels like such an inescapable part of daily life?

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2020