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Music Therapy as an Effective Treatment
Music therapy has been used to treat numerous chronic illnesses and is considered one of the effective "alternative" therapies. Learn more about its applications and how many older adults are experimenting with alternative treatment methods for pain and disease.
Older Adults and Alcohol
Drinking too much alcohol at any age can cause health problems. Since older adults take more medication as they age and alcohol can affect drug interactions, drinking can be more dangerous for older persons. Learn about the effects of alcohol as we age and what to avoid.
Pets and Aging
Pets make wonderful companions for older adults and are considered "therapy" in many situations. It's important to know what to consider when choosing the right pet so that the experience is positive and enhances our lifestyle.
Pets Enhance Well-being
Animals can reduce loneliness and encourage healthy behaviors. It is important to appreciate how pets can add to a healthy lifestyle as we age and as our loved ones also get on in years. Learn how owning a pet can add to our quality of life.
Phobias in Later Life
Treating phobias in older adults can be somewhat more difficult than treating them in younger people. Learn about phobias in older age and how to approach older persons who have phobias that affect their quality of life.
Planning for a Healthy Trip
Many older persons love to travel but they make their plans as they did when they were younger, without "thinking it through." We forget that we may need different shoes, get our medications refilled , and more. Take a look at what we need to make our next trip safe and comfortable.
Planning for Final Years
Many of us avoid planning for our final years. Waiting and deferring to others can be a mistake, because it is just as crucial that we have peace of mind and a good quality of life in our final years as at any other time in our lives. Learn what to do to prepare and take charge!
Preparing for Emergencies
Planning for "what ifs" seems to many of us to be a waste of time. But serious storms are constant reminders of how quickly our normal living can be disrupted. Research tells us that emergency planning should be one of our priorities, especially if we are older adults. Learn the basics here!
Quality of Life Newsletter Content
This first newsletter article provides an overview of the content planned for the Quality of Life newsletter linked to BellaOnline's Geriatrics site.
Readers Weigh In
No matter what kind of concerns we experience as we age, we need to recognize that "we are all in this together." If an issue doesn't affect us directly, it probably has affected a member of our family, a friend or a loved one. Learn what some of our readers have to say!
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