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Faster Stroke Treatment Is Everyone’s Job

June 2, 2021 — May was National Stroke Awareness Month. During the month, the emphasis has been on ways to lower the risk of stroke and the latest research on stroke treatment. And one more thing that’s heavily emphasized: When it comes to stroke survival and recovery, fast treatment is of the highest importance. Recent research pinpoints ways our... Read More

Reasons to Show Your Older Brain Some Love

May 20, 2021 — If we live long enough, we’ll notice changes in our memory and thinking. Or maybe our spouse or another family member will be the ones to point out these changes. In any case, it’s important to be aware of changes that might mean something is amiss, and which should be reported to the doctor, such... Read More

Men Get Osteoporosis, Too!

May 2, 2021 — May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones gradually thin and weaken. It is common among older adults of all genders—yet many people mistakenly believe that it’s only a health concern of women. It’s true that more women than men develop the disease, but men are not immune. This misconception can... Read More

Avoiding Eye Injuries at Home

April 21, 2021 — These days a lot of us are spending more time at home. We might be working remotely, cooking more rather than eating out, and having our recreation at home. Home improvement centers report that many people are taking advantage of today’s enforced confinement to quarters by doing more gardening, and tackling household repairs and remodeling—often... Read More

Protecting Our Brains During the Pandemic

April 7, 2021 — While most people think of COVID-19 as primarily affecting the lungs, the data on millions of patients shows it can damage other body systems, including the brain. Some patients have experienced serious brain inflammation, delirium, hallucinations, psychotic symptoms, and strokes. Others report a milder, but still troubling, set of symptoms that some experts are referring... Read More

Loss of Smell Often Overlooked in Older Adults

March 20, 2021 — In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors noted that a loss of smell was a noticeable symptom. Dr. Carl Philpott of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK has studied this effect for months and learned that while the loss of smell during a cold or allergies is caused by congestion,... Read More

Four Indulgent Treats That Are Good for the Heart

March 4, 2021 — We’ve been celebrating American Heart Month during February, and many of us are thinking about ways to take good care of our hearts. Maybe we vow to get more exercise, lower our stress and control our blood pressure. Most likely, we are examining our eating habits and looking at ways we can switch to a... Read More

Preserving Our Sense of Purpose—Even Now

February 20, 2021 — Gerontologists tell us that feeling we make a difference in the world provides a powerful healthy aging boost. A 2019 study of 7,000 older adults published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science showed that those who engaged in activities they consider worthwhile have more positive health outcomes. Study author Prof. Andrew Steptoe of... Read More

Gout Is No Longer “The Disease of Kings”

February 2, 2021 — Gout is a painful type of arthritis that most commonly affects the joints of the big toe, but might also affect the ankle, heel, knees, wrists, fingers, or elbow. Like other joint diseases, gout can be painful and disabling—yet people with this condition sometimes fail to seek treatment due to misinformation. In previous eras, gout... Read More

Study Examines Older Adult Loneliness During the Pandemic

January 21, 2021 — It looks as if there is good news on the horizon as research teams forge full speed ahead to develop and distribute a vaccine to control the spread of the coronavirus. But it will be some time before the pandemic is over, and meanwhile, experts are focusing on the situation among older adults. Seniors are... Read More