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Column: How to help protect elderly parents from coronavirus

Dear Savvy Senior: I’m concerned about my 80-year-old mother, who’s at high risk for coronavirus. She lives on her own about 100 miles from me, and I’ve been keeping close tabs on her since this whole pandemic started. What tips can you offer long-distance family members? — Concerned Daughter Read more

Chronic kidney disease has few early symptoms

Dear Savvy Senior: Do kidney problems run in families? My mother died from kidney failure 10 years ago at age 74 but didn’t know she had a kidney problem until it was too late. — Just Turned 60 Read more

                                To protect their residents and staff, nursing homes are starting to turn away visitors and quarantine residents in the event of a coronavirus outbreak. Above, the Life Care Center of Kirkland in Kirkland, Wash., has been tied to numerous deaths from the new coronavirus.
Protecting loved ones in nursing homes

Amid the uncertainty swirling around the coronavirus pandemic stands one incontrovertible fact: The highest rate of fatalities is among older people, particularly those with underlying medical conditions. Read more

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Seniors need to watch out for scams during 2020 census

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you offer some tips to help seniors guard against census scams? With the 2020 census gearing up, I’ve read that there are a lot of potential scammers out there looking to take advantage of older people, and I want to protect myself. — Cautious Judy Read more

                                Men entering middle age with plenty of muscle might lower the later risk of developing heart disease by more than 80%. Above, a man works out at home with a personal trainer in New York.
Muscle mass tied to heart health

How much muscle you have now could indicate how healthy your heart will be later, according to an interesting new study of muscle mass and cardiovascular disease. Read more

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