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CBD oil and arthritis Help Care for Your Community: Health-conscious cons u m e r s h ave n o d o u b t encountered advertisements for CBD oil at some point in recent memory. Supplement stores, pharmacies and even gyms may promote CBD oil, prompting consumers to wonder just what CBD is and how it may or may not play a role in the treatment of certain conditions, including arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, two kinds o f t h e c a n n a b i s s a t iva plant, hemp and marijuana, produce cannabinoids, which Harvard Medical School notes is the second most prevalent of the


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active ingredients of cannabis. People unfamiliar with cannabidiol, or CBD, a type of cannabinoid, may assume it gets users high like marijuana. However, CBD doesn’t get users high, as another cannabinoid, a psychoactive part of the marijuana plant known as THC, is responsible for that effect. Advocates for CBD often note its potential to alleviate pain associated with arthritis. While animal studies have supported those claims, the Arthritis Foundation notes that such studies do not always translate to humans. In addition, the Arthritis

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Expo provides information, camaraderie The annual Senior Expo is the perfect time to learn about the latest information in the area for seniors, but it’s also a great chance to both meet up with old friends and make some new ones. Whether it’s checking on your health, wealth, or just looking to enjoy some c a m a r a d e r i e , t h e ex p o always provides plenty to learn, see and do. Now in its 11th year, the free expo is located once again at the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center (2300 Hwy. 51/138) and will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 9. The first 300 attendees

If You Go What: 2019 Senior Expo Where: Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center, 2300 Hwy. 51/138 When: 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 9 Info: 845-9959 will receive a free goody bag with a variety of items, including $10 reward vouchers from Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison. Refreshments will also be available. The event is an annual

all over the area because it caters to the changing needs of seniors, said Kathy Neumeister, advertising and marketing manager of Unified Newspaper Group, one of the expo’s main sponsors. “Our Senior Expo brings people together with the products and services that are invaluable to maintaining and enhancing one’s quality of life,” she said. “It’s a one-stop resource for information on a wide Photo by Scott De Laruelle range of services available Kathy Thode of Stoughton, center, does some physical testin our area. We’re thrilled ing with the help of Stoughton Hospital staff (from left) Katie to be hosting it again this Walker and Elizabeth Weihert at the Senior Expo. year.” This year, 30 vendors and tradition for seniors, who travel to Stoughton from exhibitors will be available


to demonstrate and talk about the variety of services they offer for both seniors and their families – everything from legal and financial planning to health and wellness tips. Stoughton Hospital personnel will be on hand to conduct balance and strength/grip screenings and also provide information about the wide range of services they provide to seniors. Attendees can pick up a Senior Expo Trivia Game sheet and fill it out for a chance to win some prizes. For more information about this year’s Senior Expo, call 845-9559.



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Early Alzheimer’s disease signs Change plays a big role in the aging process. As adults age, both their minds and bodies undergo changes. A general term used to describe symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills such as judgment and reasoning, dementia is often mistaken as a normal part of aging. However, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America notes that dementia-related illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease, are not a normal part of aging. The Alzheimer’s Association urges men and women to report any of these 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s to their physicians the moment they’re noticed. Family members who notice these signs in their relatives also should report them 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life: Examples of this symptom include forgetting recently learned information; forgetting important dates and events; and asking for the same information over and over. 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems: Someone exhibiting this symptom may have trouble following a recipe or paying monthly bills. 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure: Forgetting the rules of a favorite game or experiencing trouble driving to a familiar location are some examples of this symptom. 4. Confusion with time

or place: People with Alzheimer’s lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. 5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships: Some people with Alzheimer’s have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing: Difficulty joining or continuing a conversa tion and calling things by the wrong name are some examples of this symptom. 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps: People with Alzheimer’s sometimes put things in unusual places and then cannot retrace their steps to find those things. 8. Decreased or poor judgment: Poor judgment and decision-making often affects people with Alzheimer’s. 9. Withdrawal from work or social activities: People with this symptom may begin to withdraw from favorite activities or avoid being social because of the changes they’re experiencing. 10. Changes in mood and personality: Mood changes affect people with Alzheimer’s, who may become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious. Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease at alz.org.

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maintained a healthy weight, don’t push yourself too hard at the start. Your body needs time to adjust to physical activity, so choose low-intensity exercises like walking and light strength training so your muscles, tendons and ligaments can adjust. Initially, exercise every other day so your body has ample time to recover between workouts. • Choose the right places to exercise outdoors. Exercising outside provides the best of both worlds for many people, providing a chance to get healthy all while enjoying the great outdoors. When exercising outdoors, choose areas that are not remote and where others can see you and offer help if you suffer an injury or have an accident. Boardwalks, public parks and outdoor gyms are safer places to work out than wooded areas or other places well off the beaten path. • Stay hydrated. The NIA notes that many people lose their sense of thirst as they age. But just because you aren’t thirsty does not mean you don’t need water, especially while exercising. Water regulates body temperature and lubricates the joints, thereby decreasing your risk of injury during exercise. Exercising after 50 can help people live healthy well into retirement. But caution must be exercised when aging men and women return to exercise after a long break.

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In an ideal world, people young and old exercise each day. But as men and women age, finding time to work out is not so easy. Commitments to work and family often take precedence over daily exercise. As a result, many people 50 and over might not have exercised regularly or at all in many years. But as children grow up or even move out, people facing down their golden years are often compelled to get back in the gym. That’s a wise decision that can increase a person’s chances of being healthy and happy in retirement. But before beginning a new exercise regimen, men and women over 50 should take heed of the following safety tips to ensure their efforts are not derailed by accident or injury. • Speak with your physician. The National Institute on Aging notes that even people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis can be physically active. However, anyone with such a condition and even those who don’t fall into those categories should consult with their physicians and receive a full physical before exercising. Such a consultation and checkup can shed light on any unknown issues, and physicians can offer advice on how to safely manage any problems that may arise. • Begin with low-intensity exercises. Even if you feel great and have

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Some benefits of growing older Many people are quick to think of growing older in a negative light. Although there certainly are some side effects of aging that one may wish to avoid, peo‑ ple may find that the bene‑ fits of growing older out‑ weigh the negatives. Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of the population. In the United States, the Administration on Aging states that the older population ‑ persons 65 years or older - num‑ bered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which

data is available). Statistics Canada reports that, in July 2015, estimates indicated that there were more per‑ sons aged 65 years and old‑ er in Canada than children aged 0 to 14 years for the first time in the country’s history. Nearly one in six Canadians (16.1 percent) was at least 65 years old. With so many people liv‑ ing longer, it’s time to cel‑ ebrate the perks of getting older rather than the draw‑ backs. Here are some great benefits to growing old. • Higher self-esteem: The

insecurities of youth give way as one ages, and older people have less negativity and higher self-esteem. A University of Basel study of people ranging in ages from 18 to 89 found that regardless of demographic and social status, the older one gets the higher self-es‑ teem climbs. Qualities like self-control and altruism can contribute to happiness. • Financial perks: Seniors are entitled to dis‑ counts on meals, museum entry fees, movies, and oth‑ er entertainment if they’re

willing to disclose their ages. Discounts are avail‑ able through an array of venues if one speaks up. Seniors also can enjoy trav‑ el perks, with slashed prices on resorts, plane tickets and more. The U.S. National Park Service offers citizens age 62 and older lifetime passes to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites for just $10 in person ($20 online or via mail). • Reasoning and prob‑ lem-solving skills: Brain scans reveal that older adults are more likely to

use both hemispheres of their brains simultaneously - something called bilater‑ alization. This can sharp‑ en reasoning skills. For example, in a University of Illinois study, older air traffic controllers excelled at their cognitively taxing jobs, despite some losses in short-term memory and visual spatial processing. Older controllers proved to be experts at navigating, juggling multiple aircraft simultaneously and avoid‑ ing collisions. • Less stress: As people

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Babysitting can bring many joys for grandparents Witnessing your children getting older and starting their own lives and families can be bittersweet. There is pride that comes with seeing their successes, but the melancholy of knowing that the years have passed so quickly. Although you may no longer be tucking your children into bed, reading them bedtime stories or bandaging “boo-boos,” when your children have children, the chance to nurture can start anew. One of the great joys that comes from having older children is the ability to welcome and love grandchildren. Grandchildren are points of light in people’s

lives and provide the exuberance and excitement that reminds you of your own youth. Grandparents often are thrilled to be involved in the care and upbringing of their grandkids. Some may also live with their grandchildren to help take some pressure off adult children. Babysitting is one way that grandparents can be a frequent fixture in their grandkids’ lives. If it’s been some time since you cared for little children, it’s well worth it to take a refresher your home if grandchildren course in child care. will be coming over to your place. Are outlets secured Make sure it’s safe with covers? Are medicaConduct a safety audit of tions you may be taking out

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of the child. You may have to defer to your own chilChasing after children drenÕs guidelines on discican be a workout. Be sure pline and behavior. you are up for the challenge and have the stamina. If you Learn what’s new have any medical condiMany things regarding tions that can impair judge- childcare have changed in ment or reaction time, you the last 20 years, includmight want to reconsider ing safety laws and guidebabysitting. lines. Be sure you are up to date on these changes. Take directions And if you aren’t certain The way you parented about something, ask. This may not be the same way involves everything from your own children parent. crib bar widths to car seat Be humble and follow their installation. lead with regard to instrucBabysitting can be a joytions. The parenting guide ous task for grandparents Apt Parenting advises that who are ready for the job. you should ask about the eating and sleeping habits



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Avoid medication errors from these tips Prescription medications are a necessity for many people. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that, each week, four out of five adults in the United States will use prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and/ or various supplements. Approximately one-third of adults take five or more medications at the same time. The potential for adverse drug events is elevated when people are taking multiple medications at one time. For example, mixing pills has the potential to

cause serious injury or even death. Doctors, patients and p h a r m a c i e s m u s t wo r k together to ensure that medication is taken safely. One of the best ways to prevent errors with medications is for patients to take an active role in their health care management. • Know your dose. Children are at an especially high risk for medication errors because they require different doses than adults, offers the Mayo Clinic. Adults of different weights who share medications can run into trouble as well.

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It is key to follow the dosing instructions, as even a minor error in regard to dosage can potentially cause a big problem. • Follow up with your doctor. Certain medications can cause side effects that

only can be noticed by lab testing, such as an impact to the liver. Doctors also may be under an obligation to follow up with patients taking psychological drugs to ensure the efficacy of treatment. Make sure you keep

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Three tips when reading nutrition facts labels Much about trips to the grocery store has changed since many adults were children. Many grocery stores are considerably larger than they were as recently as 20 years ago and now sell everything from traditional grocery store fare to clothing to items one might expect to find in a hardware store. Another aspect of grocery shopping that has changed over the years is the groceries themselves. Nutrition labels have been around for decades, though today’s labels contain considerably more information than they did in years past. As a

result, many shoppers, even those who make sure to read product labels before placing items in their shopping carts, may not know exactly what they’re buying. Nutrition labels can be complicated, and ingredients that are beneficial for some consumers may be harmful to others. Seniors and people with existing medical conditions should always discuss their diets with their physicians, asking if there are specific foods they should avoid or seek out. In addition, the following three tips, courtesy of the Academy of

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Osteoporosis afflicts more than just the elderly, though being over 50 is risk factor Osteoporosis is often seen as a problem for the elderly, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation notes that being over 50 is a major risk factor for osteoporosis. But that doesn’t mean people younger than 50 can’t develop the disease. The misconception that osteoporosis exclusively afflicts aging men and women only highlights the need to learn more about the disease.

bones look like a honeycomb. When a person has osteoporosis, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are considerably larger than in healthy bones. Osteoporotic bones are not as dense as healthy bones, and as they become less dense, they weaken and are more susceptible to breaks. Is osteoporosis common? Osteoporosis is common across the globe. According to the International OsteoFoundation, one in What is osteoporosis? porosis three women over age 50 Osteoporosis is a disease and one in five men over of the bones that occurs age 50 will experience ostewhen the body loses too oporotic fractures. much bone, makes too little bone, or both. Because peo- What are the ple cannot feel their bones risk factors for weakening, osteoporosis osteoporosis? is often called a “silent The NOF categorizes risk disease,” notes the NOF. Despite its silence, osteo- factors for osteoporosis as porosis is a serious threat, uncontrollable and controlincreasing a person’s risk lable. Uncontrollable risk factors include age, family for bone breaks from falls. history, low body weight What happens to (being small and thin), and bones when a person a history of broken bones. Gender also is an uncontrolhas osteoporosis? lable risk factor, as women T h e N O F n o t e s t h a t , are more likely than men to under a microscope, healthy suffer from osteoporosis.

In fact, the NOF notes that a woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. Controllable risk factors for osteoporosis include not

eating enough fruits and vegetables; consuming too much protein, sodium and caffeine; a sedentary lifestyle; smoking; and excessive consumption of alcohol. Insufficient calcium

and vitamin D intake is another controllable risk factor for osteoporosis. Speak with a physician about osteoporosis and the role that diet and exercise can play in prevention.

Osteoporosis affects people across the globe. Taking steps to reduce your risk for osteoporosis can prevent broken bones and other negative side effects of this disease.

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