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Life expectancy is 75 for males and 80 for females according to the National Center for Health Statistics. We'll help you keep you informed about potential issues with aging, and steps you can take to maintain your health and keep active.

Hometown Health Blog

Dementia-related pain: What caregivers need to know

Up to 80% of people with dementia experience pain. Learn how to recognize it and advocate for pain management for your loved one.

Jennifer Winegarden, D.O. By Jennifer Winegarden January 26, 2023

6 tips to keep your brain healthy

Changes to your body and brain are normal with age. Yet there are some things you can do to help slow the decline in memory and lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Kelsey Kidd, C.N.P. By Kelsey Kidd December 29, 2022

When to seek help for memory loss

Several conditions — not just Alzheimer's disease — can cause memory loss in older adults. Find out why getting a prompt diagnosis and appropriate care is important.

Anne Shandera-Ochsner, Ph.D., L.P. By Anne Shandera-Ochsner December 2, 2022

Now is the right time for advance directives

The best time to make an advance care plan is now. Starting a conversation about advance health care planning can be challenging, but it’s important. Here's what you need to know to get started.

April 15, 2022

Don't leave your health decisions to chance

It’s easy to put off making important decisions in life, especially documenting your health care wishes. But doing so can bring peace of mind and lead to better future health outcomes.

April 14, 2022

Memory lapses: Normal aging or something more?

Memory lapses and modest decline in thinking skills are common with age. How do you know it's a sign of something more? Learn what to watch for and get tips for coping with memory loss.

Kari Mongeon-Wahlen CNS By Kari Mongeon-Wahlen January 19, 2022

Don’t be bad to the bone: How to preserve bone mass

By age 30, your bones may have already started to lose mass — one of the first signs of osteoporosis. Learn who's at greatest risk and what you can do to maintain bone mass.

Carol Gardner PT By Carol Gardner November 5, 2021

Caregiving, self-care during, beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

As society emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers can take a collective deep breath and begin to take advantage of the return of supportive services. Use these tips as you navigate this time and your role.

Sarah Cormell, L.C.S.W. By Sarah Cormell June 1, 2021

How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting caregiving

It's not surprising that the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we provided caregiving for our loved ones. Read how it's changed, and get tips for positive caregiving support within a family.

Sarah Cormell, L.C.S.W. By Sarah Cormell May 25, 2021

Q&A: Surprising, but normal, changes in aging bodies

As you age, some surprising body changes can occur, like losing height or leaking when laughing. Learn what's natural, what's not and steps to delay or lessen the changes.

Steven Perkins, D.O. By Steven Perkins February 19, 2021

Weird, but normal, body reactions of aging

Getting older? Noticing some wrinkles and muscle loss or forgetting names? In this Q&A, learn simple steps to delay or lessen those changes.

Steven Perkins, D.O. By Steven Perkins February 12, 2021

Ways for seniors to remain active during winter

Physical activity is good for people of all ages, especially seniors. Here are tips to keeping moving even during winter's cold, dark days.

Kelly Carlson PT By Kelly Carlson January 29, 2021