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News, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

Free Emergency Preparedness Event For Seniors This Friday

Posted Oct. 17, 2013, 9:15 am

The Westside Center for Independent Living is sponsoring an emergency preparedness event this Friday, Oct. 18. This free event will provide an opportunity to share valuable information that can protect vulnerable individuals and families during the most challenging circumstances.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

Dr. Mao's Wellness Living: Nap Your Way To 100 Using Simple Tips

Posted Jun. 18, 2012, 2:08 am

Most people have felt how restorative a good night’s sleep can be for their mind and body, but very few adults have felt the benefits of napping. On average, adults should have about eight hours of sleep at night to maintain their health and brain functions; however, many people fall short, so incorporating power naps (10, 20, 30 minutes a day) can be a great way to rejuvenate and refresh your body.

The Benefits Enrollment Center is the only one of its kind in California and its services are free of charge to any L.A. County resident who is 50 or older.

Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

Benefits Center Helps Seniors Obtain Assistance

Posted Jun. 16, 2012, 11:00 pm

Nearly 47 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for benefits and don’t know it, according to research by the National Council on Aging. Now, with the WISE and Healthy Benefits Enrollment Center, seniors have a one-stop source where they can learn what benefits they are eligible for and get assistance to apply for

A positive attitude has long been linked to better mental health, but in the last few years, a person’s optimistic nature has also shown to be beneficial for a person’s physical health.

Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

Seeing The Glass Half-Full

Posted Jun. 16, 2012, 11:00 pm

For most people, the carefree days of childhood were filled with good times with friends and family free from excess worry and stress. But as people grow up, most trade the innocence of childhood for worries about finances, their family’s health, job security, politics, the economy and environment, and their children’s future.

June is the designated month to promote awareness of preventable and easily detectable health problems common among men.

Ucla, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

Man Up! June Is “Men’s Health Month”

Posted Jun. 16, 2012, 4:35 pm

By Hong-Phuc Tran, M.D. You probably know that Father’s Day occurs in June. Did you also know that June is “Men’s Health Month...

Health, Senior, Senior Scene

Red Wine May Cut Breast Cancer Risk

Posted Mar. 12, 2012, 2:06 am

Drinking red wine in moderation may reduce one of the risk factors for breast cancer, providing a natural weapon to combat a major cause of death a...

Health, Senior, Senior Scene

Sleep Matters For Better Health

Posted Mar. 11, 2012, 12:42 am

By Alia Tuqan, M.D. Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 11, to make the most of sunlight during the warm summer months. Ho...

Below are some starting points to consider in your own journey to long life.

Health, Senior, Senior Scene

Learn How To Reach 100

Posted Mar. 10, 2012, 12:48 am

By Mark Underwood If you’ve ever wondered what people who live to be 100 have in common, science may have some answers. When you re...

Many seniors with limited resources in face huge challenges finding out about benefit programs and their eligibility requirements.

Health, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

Benefit Center Helps Seniors Access Missing Benefits

Posted Feb. 11, 2012, 1:04 am

Nearly 47 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for benefits and don’t know it, according to research by the National Council on Agi...

Dr. Ravi Dave is a board-certified cardiologist at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

Health, Fitness, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

A 'Million' Ways To Better Heart Health

Posted Feb. 8, 2012, 1:06 am

By Ravi Dave, M.D. February is designated as “American Heart Month” to raise awareness of the risk factors for heart disease. De...

Health, Senior, Technology, Senior Scene

Releasing Your Mind From Technology Overload

Posted Jan. 18, 2012, 1:03 am

By Mark Underwood In 2012, resolve to use technology as a tool to help run your life rather than being overrun by technology. Have yo...

Health, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

New Quiz For Guidance With Aging Parents

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 11:52 pm

You just returned home from holiday break with the horrifying realization that Mom or Dad needs help. You kept quiet in front of your parents, not ...

Proper planning of  estate affairs will often eliminate a lot of unnecessary problems.

Health, Senior, Senior Scene

Estate Planning Mistakes Of The Rich And Famous: Part One

Posted Dec. 20, 2011, 1:03 am

William K. Hayes, Attorney Much that happens in our lives is unpredictable, but the proper planning of your estate affairs will oft...

Health, Holiday, Senior Scene

Stay Active This Holiday Season

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, 12:12 am

Stephanie Walsh, M.D. The holiday season has arrived. It’s a time for parties, presents, and holiday cheer. However, it can...

Dr. James Davis is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood.

Health, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

Helpful Habits For A Good Night’s Sleep

Posted Dec. 11, 2011, 12:58 am

Sleep problems are among the more common complaints I hear from my patients. They all long for the perfect night’s sleep. They want to fall aslee...

Health, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

A Gift Of Peace Of Mind: WISE Connections

Posted Dec. 11, 2011, 12:56 am

What if you could give a gift so helpful that it provides peace of mind everyday? For many WISE Connections members and their families, that is exa...

Health, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

WISE & HEALTHY AGING: Find The Right Mental Health Services

Posted Nov. 3, 2011, 6:27 am

Growing older brings a wealth of experiences, both positive and negative. A grandchild is born and a loved one passes away. When the challenges of ...

Health, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

Sorting Through The Medicare Advantage Maze

Posted Nov. 3, 2011, 6:26 am

Ron Pollack Executive Director Families USA When the Affordable Care Act passed last year, you may have heard criticism...

Cathleen Crone sings with a local senior. She has been bringing joy to Santa Monica hospitals, nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and convalescent centers for more than 10 years.

Health, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

Magical Memories Restored With Music

Posted Nov. 3, 2011, 6:25 am

With great love and compassion, Santa Monica resident Cathleen Crone is regularly around the city, gently coaxing local seniors stricken with Alzhe...

Dr. James Davis is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood.

Health, Ucla, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

All About Aging: An In-Depth Look At Colon Cancer Screening

Posted Nov. 3, 2011, 6:23 am

JAMES DAVIS, M.D. SPECIAL TO THE MIRROR Despite major advances in screening and early detection, colon cancer still accounts for abou...

Health, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

WISE & HEALTHY AGING: Activities Are Key To Healthy Aging

Posted Oct. 13, 2011, 5:41 am

MIRROR STAFF Healthy aging is more than staying physically healthy – it’s also about staying emotionally healthy and maintaining your se...

Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

The Consequences Of Living And Dying Without An Estate Plan: What Every Senior Should Know

Posted Oct. 13, 2011, 5:40 am

WILLIAM K. HAYES, ATTORNEY Everyone knows they’re going to die. They just don’t believe that it will be soon. They believe that they can...

Health, Ucla, Senior, Santa Monica, Senior Scene

ALL ABOUT AGING: Dispelling Breast Cancer Myths

Posted Oct. 13, 2011, 5:30 am

SONJA ROSEN, M.D. SPECIAL TO THE MIRROR October is “National Breast Cancer Awareness month”. This is a health concern that I feel...

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