• AGING MATTERS: Social Security changes were made to safeguard online accounts

    Last year, the Social Security Administration stated that it would require a two-factor authentication for online account users. Initially, they would use a cell phone for the authentication. The older recipients who said they didn’t own cell phones didn’t like the idea. So the plan was thrown out.

  • Avoid exertional heat illness

    With the dog days of the summer upon us, we need to take a close look at activity in the heat. When you exercise or work in hot and humid conditions, your body has a more difficult time controlling your body temperature. When your body is no longer able to maintain a safe body temperature, you begin to suffer from exertional heat illness.

    Exertional heat illness has the potential to be fatal, but death is preventable with quick recognition and treatment.

  • An expert’s guide to preventing food poisoning

    Foodborne illnesses sicken almost 50 million people annually in the United States, according to government statistics.

    But many of those episodes could be prevented, and proper sanitation when handling food is the key, says one expert.

    “If all of us washed our hands and were careful with food, it would greatly reduce the number of infections we see,” said Dr. Ross Rodgers, an emergency medicine physician at Penn State Medical Center.

    Rodgers offered these tips:

  • The positive side of water-cooler gossip

    Psychologists and sociologists call it reputational information sharing, but you know it better as gossip.

    You may not think of office chit-chat as a force for good. But research done at Stanford University and published in the journal Psychological Science found that, in office settings, gossip about worker performance can promote honest behavior and a better work ethic.

  • Singing may be good medicine for parkinson’s patients

    Singing? To benefit people with Parkinson’s disease? It just may help, a researcher says.

    “We’re not trying to make them better singers, but to help them strengthen the muscles that control swallowing and respiratory function,” said Elizabeth Stegemoller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University.

    Stegemoller holds a weekly singing therapy class for Parkinson’s disease patients. At each session, participants go through a series of vocal exercises and songs.

  • How to celebrate your birthday if you’re alone

    By Carol Marak

    If you’re one of the 30 percent of older adults living alone in the U.S., then you might be one who celebrates a birthday solo style. Many members in the Elder Orphan Facebook group find themselves all alone on special events and even their birthday. Some members have no family at all, while others do have adult children who live at a distance. For the most part, rarely do individuals expect to be alone on such occasions.

  • KentuckyOne Health partners achieves elite status

    KentuckyOne Health Partners, the state’s largest and most successful accountable care organization, has achieved Elite 5-Star status from CAPG, the nation’s leading professional association for accountable physician groups. KHP is one of only 87 organizations nationally to achieve the coveted Elite honor in 2017. This recognition, along with recent qualification as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (Advanced APM), comes as the organization is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

  • AGING MATTERS: Avoid dehydration in the summer heat

    It was one year ago this month when the column discussed the issues that seniors face during the hot summer months. The hot weather can cause grave risk for older adults, and each year The National Safety Council (http://www.nsc.org/) promotes their guidelines to outsmart the sun’s heat. Their advice offsets the serious health risks that adults with chronic medical conditions deal with this time of year.

    The health risk factors of a heat-related illness:

    • Dehydration

  • ‘It’s nothing we have to whisper about’

    He was tall, athletic and tan with striking green eyes and an infectious personality. Growing up as a child attending St. Gregory’s, he was an altar boy, read in church, participated in plays and was naturally gifted at sports. In recent years, he had found meaning in life through his daughter, who is now 5 years old.

    But on April 6, Garrett Dugan lost his battle with addiction at the age of 30. He died in bed at his mother’s home from a lethal overdose of heroin that was laced with fentanyl.

  • Cox's Creek mold issue sets back teachers' schedules

    The beginning of the school year is just around the corner for Nelson County students, but for Cox’s Creek Elementary School teachers, preparing for the new year has proven stressful. The discovery of a widespread mold problem in the building has caused administrators to scramble to find a cause and a cure and has left teachers with deconstructed classrooms as cleaning continues. The issue has also postponed the school’s Open House event, which had previously been scheduled for Aug. 3.