Jun 30

How to help Alzheimer’s patients enjoy life

Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again. Yet, a sizable body of research suggests this […]

Jun 30

Hearing loss and how hearing aids may help

Story by Mayo Clinic News Network The type of hearing loss you have and how severe it is can impact how well a hearing aid works for you. A variety of hearing aids are available, so if the first one you try isn’t helpful, ask your audiologist to recommend another. For people who have hearing […]

Jun 30

Cheaper over-the-counter hearing aids could be on the way

Story by JUDITH GRAHAM Kaiser Health News Imagine seniors walking around with stylish ear devices that amplify and clarify sound and connect wirelessly to smartphones, tablets, televisions and digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. That day is coming, sooner than you may think. Technology is already moving in this direction, and consumer […]

Jun 30

What men should know about new prostate cancer screening guidelines

Story by Mayo Clinic News Network Men ages 55 to 69 should talk with their health care provider about prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. That’s according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Clinicians inform men ages 55 to 69 years about the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen […]

Jan 13

The Importance of Play Across All Ages Remains Relevant

Story by Laura Olsonoski, OTD, OTR/L Photo by Melissa Bluntonoski Play contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of individuals across the lifespan. This learning process is self-sustained in children and based on a natural love of learning and playful engagement with life. As we age this process becomes more complex. We begin […]

Jan 13

Women’s Wellness: 6 Tips for Managing Urinary Incontinence

Mayo Clinic News Network Urinary incontinence is a prevalent issue, with anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of women reporting an episode in the past year. “Managing urinary conditions can be frustrating and time-consuming, but there are helpful tips and lifestyle changes that can reduce the burden this condition causes,” says Jenna Hoppenworth, a Mayo […]

Oct 14

Preparing Your Body and Mind for the Season Ahead

By Dillon Kato While many Montanans celebrate the start of winter as the beginning of the skiing and snowboarding season, the snow and ice can also bring challenges. Here is some advice to keep you active, healthy and engaged when the weather turns frosty. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has created […]

Oct 13

A Four-Point Plan for Joint Health

(BPT) – Whether it’s a brand-new Bentley or a classic 1970 Mustang, most people have a car they dream about. If they’re lucky enough to own it someday, you better believe they’re going to take care of it. Regular maintenance is an essential part of keeping a vehicle in tip-top shape. The same is true […]

Aug 4

The Truth About Alzheimer’s

(BPT) – It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 5 million Americans and one out of every three seniors will die from it. Yet misconceptions surround Alzheimer’s disease. Contrary to what many people think about Alzheimer’s, it’s not a normal part of growing older. And while there’s not yet […]

Apr 12

PT Keeps Joints Moving

by Brace Hayden You have probably experienced the grinding noise your neck makes when you are looking over your shoulder as you back your car out of the driveway and rotate your neck. Or you have stepped down from your front porch to get the morning newspaper and your knees creak as you bend. Should […]