Tips to Beat the Heat

We’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave, through most of the country right now. And though it may be tempting to take advantage of the sunny, warm weather by relaxing in your favorite chair outside, it is important to remember the risks that these heat waves bring with them. As the temperature and… Read more »

Assisted living companies expanding presence in region

Two companies that offer residential and in-home care services targeted toward seniors are expanding their presence in Hampton Roads. In Suffolk, the Crossings at Harbour View, a senior living community, recently opened at 5871 Harbour View Blvd. And Right at Home, an Omaha, Neb.-based company, is targeting the region for franchise expansion. Doug Buttner is… Read more »

New senior-living development slated for York

In the next 30 days, a patch of dense woods near a heavily traveled intersection in central York County will be cleared to make way for the Peninsula’s newest senior-living facility. Court Rosen, vice president of strategic initiatives for Smith/Packett Med-Com LLC, confirmed Monday that his firm has purchased an 8.43-acre site at 3540 Victory… Read more »

183,000 SF retirement community coming to Five Forks

Construction is set to begin this month in the Five Forks area of Simpsonville on a new senior retirement community called The Crossings at Five Forks, offering independent living, assisted living and memory-care services. Roanoke, Va.-based Harmony Senior Services, a division of Smith/Packett Med-Com, is developing the 183,000-square-foot community located at 345 Five Forks Road,… Read more »

The High Price of Loneliness

By JUDITH GRAHAM Loneliness stings at any age. But in older people, it can have serious health consequences,raising the risks of an earlier-than-expected death and the loss of physical functioning, according to a study published on Monday. The report, in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is the largest yet to tease out the impact of… Read more »

Social relationships key to survival

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta Having satisfying social relationships may be about as important as not smoking when it comes to your lifespan, a new study suggests. It turns out that people with adequate social relationships have a 50 percent greater likelihood of survival than people who have poor or insufficient relationships. That means that having… Read more »