Are You and Your Home “Senior Ready”?

Surveys by AARP state that 90% of Americans over 50 years of age want to remain in their homes as they age.[sup]1[/sup] “Aging in Place” is the new term coined to reference the ability to continue to live in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.[sup]2[/sup] It means living… Read more »

Interns Tour Desert Regional Medical Center

Local Health Care Internships

  Over the past two summers, health care leaders and organizations from the Coachella Valley have stepped up efforts to  ‘Mentor the Future’ by providing local college students with job shadow opportunities and paid internships to support their passion to becoming health care professionals. Through two innovative programs, more than sixty local students studying for… Read more »


S.A.F.E.™ (Support And Family Education) is a resource program established in 1980 to bring programs, education, coaching and counseling to schools and families. SAFEline addresses family life and relationship issues and the SAFEline column is a compilation of many letters and calls to the SAFEline Coach. DEAR SAFEline COACH, We are new to this area… Read more »

Exercise Is Important for Parkinson’s Patients

More than 1.5 Million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder causing a decrease in the brain chemical dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for relaying messages that control movement from the brain to the body. The cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown and there is currently no cure. According to Dr. Stephen Silberstein, MD,… Read more »

Recapture Childhood: Practice Enchantment

Thomas Moore wrote a book called “The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life.” In it he talks about enchantment, the kind most of us experienced as young children. It is important for us as adults to bring enchantment back into our lives as it is a quality or way of experiencing life and ourselves. Just the other… Read more »

Picture Me Happy

A Creative Outlet for Seriously Ill Children Imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t go outside–ever. Or even leave your room? Anyone who has been sick with a serious illness knows that it is an awful experience. The days drag on, optimism shrinks, and boredom and depression set in. For approximately 1 million… Read more »

Local Hospitals Help Prepare Students for Future in Health Care

Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) is collaborating with Valley hospitals allowing hundreds of students to experience what a career in health care might feel like. Through a unique program called “Career Explorations”, Eisenhower Medical Center (EMC) and Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC) are making connections with students and helping to prepare their next generation… Read more »

When Should I Hire A Caregiver?

Fear of losing their independence is the primary concern of older adults. Take Mrs. Weeks, who fell and lay on the ground for three hours before being found by the gardener. She was given an ultimatum by her family, either go to a nursing home or hire an in-home caregiver. That was four years ago.… Read more »

Fit After 50 Keeps Seniors Mobile

Seniors nationwide claim their independence as a “most valued possession.” For many, remaining independent means staying physically fit in order to take care of themselves, maintain their mobility and live a healthy active life. With this in mind, Riverside County developed Fit After 50, a free fitness program for seniors, aimed at avoiding falls and… Read more »

Alzheimer’s and the Brain

Keep Your Brain Healthy to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease When we think about staying fit, we generally think from the neck down. However, brain health plays a critical role in almost everything we do–thinking, feeling, reasoning, working, playing–even sleeping. The good news is we now know there are things we can do to… Read more »