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Senior Living: You are what you eat – and that includes your brain

By David W. Hart, Ph.D.  Contributing writer Did you know that epidemiologists who study the effects of diet on longevity have described ours as the Standard American Diet, otherwise known as the SAD diet? The acronym alone might tell you everything you need to know about the negative health outcomes related to Americans’ typical food regimen. It’s no secret that eating processed foods, sugary drinks, sweets, an overabundance of red meat and dairy, and limiting intake of antioxidants, vitamins a...
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Senior Living: The helpful and hurtful sense of pain

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer There are too many kinds of pain. There is acute (immediate) injury pain, which is often very useful. Put your finger on a hot frying pan and it hurts. That reminds you to remove your finger, unless you are very foolish, and put it quickly under a cold water stream for several minutes, minimizing the damage. If you fall and fracture your ankle it reminds you to stay in your cast/boot and limit your activities for the six to eight weeks it takes to heal...
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Senior Living: Wising up to family members with dementia who wander

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer Like many of you following her story, I was heartbroken to read that Nancy Paulikas’ remains were found on a burned hillside near Sherman Oaks last month. I knew Nancy – a Manhattan Beach resident diagnosed with young onset dementia – and her husband, Kirk, before Nancy wandered away from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art over two years ago. I want to express my deepest condolences to the entire family. I also dedicate this column to Nancy, and trus...
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Senior Living: Practicing physician-assisted life

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Today one of my long-standing seniors patients asked me if I did “P.A.D.” I looked confused, so he explained it stood for “Physician Assisted Death”. His direct question caught me off guard. I was not prepared to answer. Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius My patient, now in his mid 90s, had worked full time at his demanding profession into his late 80s. Had health allowed, I believe he would have never retired. He remains very active now. He does have signifi...
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Senior Living: Successful aging requires determined action

By David W. Hart, Ph.D.  Contributing writer How to age successfully? It’s the million dollar question. Baby Boomers around the country are searching for age-defying remedies that prolong life and add to overall health and well-being. Successful aging is not exactly a new idea. The hope that later life could be a period of vitality was first expressed more than 2,000 years ago in Cicero’s treatise, De Senectute. The idea of successful aging reemerged in the 20th century and has been discussed an...
Tags: Health, Advice, Sport, Soccer, United States, Local News, Seniors, Kahn, Martin Seligman, Morris, Torrance, Cicero, David Hart, Rowe, Lindstrom, Senior Living


Senior Living: What your red eyes are telling you

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer This month at the office I’ve seen several red eyes. Also, my daughter had a red eye, my granddaughter had a red eye, and I had a red eye. The cause and treatment of each red eye was different. A red eye can be an emergency and I want patients seen quickly. There are dozens of causes of red eyes I don’t have space here to discuss. Key is the idea that a red eye associated with pain or any vision change is of greatest concern. Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius ...
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How To Stay Happy As You Get Older

Aging can be a good experience for you if you plan ahead and find ways to stay happy and keep a positive attitude throughout the years. You’ll be a lot happier if you’re mentally prepared for all the changes that come with growing older. Take action so that you can find more peace and joy in your days and not be so nervous about the future. It’ll require an extra effort on your part but know that the rewards that come from you being proactive will be well worth it in the long run. Avo...
Tags: Fashion, Parenting, Aging, Old Age, Elderly, Elderly Care, Seniors, Senior Care, Health & Fitness, Aging gracefully, Elder Care, Home Life, Elderly Parents, Home Care, Aging Parents, Senior Living


Senior Living: Watch out for these HPV strains that can cause cancer, even in the elderly

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Today I saw a patient with a white patch on his tongue. The patch is called “leukoplakia” and can be a precancerous tongue lesion. It will be biopsied and likely will be harmless, but it got me thinking about Human Papilloma Virus, HPV for short. Wart virus. Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius There are dozens of strains of HPV. These are “oncogenic” viruses — that is, they cause tumors. Most of these tumors are harmless, like warts, but a few wart virus strai...
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Senior Living: Getting a good night’s sleep

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Sleep. What keeps you up at night? What’s keeping me up is writing this column. I’m breaking all the sleep rules, working in bed, staring at a scintillating iPad screen, and I had three cans of caffeinated soda this afternoon. This evening, two people in a row asked me to do my next column on sleep. So here I am, wired at midnight trying to write about sleep. Many seniors have no trouble sleeping. If you are one of them, ignore everything I say here. ...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Local News, Ambien, Seniors, Torrance, Senior Living, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Thomas LaGrelius, Thomas W LaGrelius, Skypark Preferred Family Care, American Alliance for Healthy Sleep


Senior Living: Finding peace of mind as a family caregiver

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer November is National Family Caregiver Awareness month and it seems like an apropos time to consider issues important to the millions of family and friends who devote themselves, often to their own detriment, to the care and well-being of the ones they love. The National Caregiver Alliance and the AARP report that approximately 34.2 million Americans and nearly 3.5 million Californians have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12...
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Senior Living: Detecting vision problems that can be hard to see

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer When I was 40, I had 20/15 fighter pilot vision, near, far and in between. Today, I wear progressive lenses to correct presbyopia, hyperopia (far-sightedness) and astigmatism, but with those amazing glasses I still have 20/15 vision, everywhere. Vision is precious. Thank you Dr. Al. Presbyopia There are some vision changes everyone gets with age. Slower darkness adaptation and visual floaters are a couple. Another is “presbyopia” causing most of us t...
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Senior Living: Making loss matter in the wake of grief

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer The children’s poet, Shel Silverstein, wondered in prose about the existence of happy endings. He opined: “There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.” Silverstein’s poem mirrors many of the observations made by my older adult clients and personal friends: The end of the lifespan isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Related Articles Senior Living: ‘Tis the season for f...
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Senior Living: ‘Tis the season for flu and pneumonia

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Many people tell me they never get the flu.  Therefore, they never bother getting immunized. These same people “never get” pneumonia. Good luck with that! It’s flu vaccine season again.  There are two flu shots you can get.  One is the standard shot for young people. The other is the double dose shot for those over age 65. We suggest you get one every year about this time because the virus changes every year and last year’s shot probably won’t protect ...
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Senior Living: How to find the right assisted living community

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer My mother Carrie and I cared for my grandmother Janice, who was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s disease when I was 15 years old. For nearly eight years, the disease ravaged her brain and eventually her body.  Over that course of time, my family found there were physical and emotional limits to our ability to competently care for my grandmother at home, especially as she progressed into the later stages of Alzheimer’s. David Hart, Ph.D. Trying t...
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Senior Living: The secret to a long life is in the genes

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer Have you ever wondered why some people are old at 50 and others young at 80? Maximum life expectancy is determined by genetics. You either win the genetic lottery or you don’t, but there are lots of things you can do to improve your odds of survival to your genetic limit. Exercise daily. Eat lightly and stay lean. Eat more plant foods and less animal foods. Don’t smoke! Anything! Don’t drink alcohol, or at least not much and not often. Avoid stress an...
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Senior Living: Two ways to get your Medicare

By Greg Dill Contributing writer At a family reunion, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits. Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man, and has been for a decade or so. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she had before enrolling in Medicare. Greg Dill When they turned to me, asking me to referee and declare which form of Medicare is better, I gave them a big smile and answered, “Well, it depends.” Or...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Medicare, Local News, Pacific, Seniors, Medicare Advantage, Glen, Abby, Medicare Part D, Medicare If, Medigap, Senior Living, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Greg Dill Contributing


Senior Living: Knowing your long-term care options is crucial

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer We’re an aging population and the statistics are eye-opening to say the least: 77 million Baby Boomers; 10,000 are reaching retirement age each day; And about 45% of them have zero retirement savings to support them in older age. This may be the primary reason that nearly 82% of them support increased taxes to shore up social security benefits. Americans are living longer and this is no exception for Baby Boomers.  Epidemiological evidence suggests t...
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Senior Living: Getting a handle on all of those pills and potions

By Dr. Thomas LaGrelius Contributing writer In America, age is associated with the use of many pills and potions.  Seniors often have a generalist and several specialists, all of whom prescribe medication. They are taking vitamins and supplements – sometimes recommended by doctors – but usually taken independently because someone thinks it’s a good idea.  The media markets FDA uncontrolled supplements expertly, claiming benefits that are in fact usually lacking. In their youth, many seniors neve...
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Senior Living: Keeping hope alive when living with Alzheimer’s disease

By David Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer The Alzheimer’s Association recently published their 2018 Facts and Figures on the disease and the numbers are staggering: 5.7 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be slowed or cured; and family caregivers provide 18.4 billion hours of care at an estimated value of $232 billion. If you think these numbers are shocking, look ahead 30 years. With an...
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Important Benefits of Socialization For Senior Citizens

Mother Teresa once said, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Loneliness is often a warning sign that people are struggling in some areas of their life, which could be personal or professional. Loneliness and depression are also associated with old age. However, due to the rapidly changing environment, a large number of younger people are also experiencing loneliness. According to a study published by the Office for National Statistics , almost 10%...
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Senior Living: How to reframe regret later in life

By David W. Hart, Ph.D. Contributing writer Last week I traveled to San Francisco to present two research posters at the American Psychological Association’s National Conference and found myself attending a panel with famed existential psychologist Dr. Irvin Yalom. A preeminent scholar-practitioner of the 21st century, Dr. Yalom wrote several New York Times best-selling books, including the seminal text for group psychotherapy, and most recently, his memoir I’ve had the privilege of hearing Dr. ...
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Senior Living Today & Understanding Housing Options

These days there are so many different options for senior living that you can be forgiven for not knowing the difference between assisted living and nursing homes. When it comes to making a choice for a family member it can seem overwhelming. To help you, here’s an explanation of the different housing options for seniors.   Aging In Place These days, more and more seniors are making the choice to spend the rest of their lives at home, where their families grew up, where their cherished memor...
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Aging in Place and Loving It: How New Technology Can Keep Seniors Independent

Image Source: weheartphotography.com Getting old comes with its challenges, but as many of us are now living longer your senior years can often be seen as an opportunity to enjoy an active and independent life. Technology has certainly had an impact on senior living too, with a variety of aids and gadgets that can keep older people independent for longer and loving life. Here is a look at some helpful apps and gadgets aimed at seniors. Including a hi-tech solution to watching over your parents,...
Tags: Fashion, Parenting, Alzheimers, Senior Citizens, Home Life, Senior Living, Assisted Living


Why developers Steadfast Senior Living and Community Development Partners are building 300 units of senior housing in Morgan Hill – Silicon Valley Business Journal

The project, which sits at the intersection of Butterfield Boulevard and San Pedro Avenue, at 16505 Butterfield Blvd, is next to a 250-plus unit senior housing complex by another developer, Community Development Partners.Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.bizjournals.comWe need more of these communities.  For families that want to stay in the Bay Area, we need to accommodate all ages.
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