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Want to Feel Better About Yourself? Try Feeling Better About Others.

August 5, 2019 — These days, it seems that good feelings about other people can be in short supply! Political battles, sniping in Facebook comments, and trolls on news sites can make us all feel a little prickly, judgmental and self-focused. But according to a March 2019 study from Iowa State University (ISU), improving our feelings toward other people... Read More

At Every Age, We Want to Make a Difference

July 20, 2019 — Seniors have a lifetime of wisdom to share—and yet, say experts, today’s older adults may have few opportunities to do so! Said University of Toronto professor Markus Schafer, “While the average 65-year-old may well have more wisdom than the average 30-year-old, the latter typically has more opportunity for actually dispensing advice.” This lack of opportunity... Read More

Study Urges Doctors to Consider “Symptom Burden” in Older Patients

July 5, 2019 — Larry went to the doctor because his knee pain was worsening. The doctor ordered x-rays and increased Larry’s dose of anti-inflammatory medication. Larry never mentioned to the doctor that he had been feeling depressed lately, and that he’d been having trouble sleeping … yet both of those things can increase sensations of pain. And in... Read More

Oral Health: It’s Not Just About a Nice Smile

June 23, 2019 — Oral Health: It’s Not Just About a Nice Smile June Is Oral Health Month Our teeth and gums change as we grow older. Years of wear and tear take a toll, often causing thinning enamel and broken or lost teeth. Teeth with repairs such as crowns, fillings and root canals are less hardy. As gums... Read More

Meeting the Needs of LGBT Seniors With Dementia

June 12, 2019 — This month, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This recognition takes place in June to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, an event that is symbolic of the ongoing battle for LGBT rights. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic event, many members of that... Read More

Ten Important Questions About Advance Health Care Directives

May 22, 2019 — Have you created health care directives? If you haven’t, or you aren’t sure your documents are up to date, here some questions you might have. Why should people express their wishes about health care? Isn’t that for their doctor to decide? Today’s health care technologies are pretty amazing. They can keep us alive even if... Read More

Here Comes the Sun! Are You Ready for It?

May 17, 2019 — The American Cancer Society designates the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.” This clever title serves as a reminder that sunburn season is officially here. It’s time to think about protecting our skin from the harmful rays that raise our risk of skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports... Read More

Healthy Sleep for Healthy Aging

April 18, 2019 — It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to experience a period wakefulness in the middle of the night. Maybe we wake up at 4 a.m., and lie awake until dawn.... Read More

Seniors and Their Furry, Feathered and Finned Companions

April 18, 2019 — The U.S. Census Bureau says that 68 percent of U.S. households today have a pet, and pets are a $15 billion industry. Most of us love being around animals—and many research studies show that owning a pet is beneficial for seniors. Here are some of the ways pets improve the well-being of older adults: Social... Read More

Expanding the Life Space of Older Adults

March 14, 2019 — Some of the changes that age brings can tempt us to spend more time at home. Visual impairment, hearing loss, mobility challenges and memory problems can make it unsafe for us to drive. We might feel less confident when we’re out and about, fearing that we will fall or get lost. Gradually we develop a... Read More