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Healthier Holiday Swaps

December 1, 2022 — The holidays are a fun time when we gather with friends and loved ones and celebrate time-honored traditions. We break bread and clink glasses in celebration of the season, the things for which we are grateful, and the company of our favorite people. Many of these traditions include our favorite foods, homemade from recipes that... Read More

Understanding Lewy Body Dementia

November 17, 2022 — It would be understandable to have never heard of—or know much about—Lewy body dementia. It is a form of dementia that has only received global scientific attention in the last few decades. Scientists did not fully understand how common this form of dementia is until the 1990s. October was Lewy Body Dementia Awareness month, a... Read More

Caring for Someone Who Hoards

November 1, 2022 — Lots of us have collections. Maybe you bring home a new refrigerator magnet from every vacation destination you visit. Perhaps you love jewelry and have a statement necklace for every occasion. Maybe rare baseball cards are carefully stored and organized in a box in your basement. But compulsive hoarding is different from an out-of-control collection... Read More

Making End-Of-Life Decisions for Others

October 17, 2022 — Making your own healthcare decisions can be tough. Making healthcare decisions for someone you care about — especially at the end of life — can be overwhelming. Even if an advance directive, such as a living will, explains your loved one’s wishes, it probably won’t cover all possible medical treatments. So, how can you advocate... Read More

Protecting Seniors During Natural Disasters

October 1, 2022 — Natural disasters are devastating. They cost lives. They cost communities. They cost money. But they are particularly deadly for seniors. Gustavo E. Flores, M.D., a member of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Emergency Cardiovascular Care committee, explains, “During and after a storm, many people experience extreme stress and trauma, which research shows can lead to... Read More

Are the Baby Boomers Healthier Than Previous Generations?

September 15, 2022 — September is Healthy Aging Month. Beginning in the 1960s, experts began predicting that the baby boom generation would be healthier than their parents and grandparents. The boomers were into jogging and aerobics and health food, and benefited from advances in health care. But as the decades passed, it became apparent that this prediction wasn’t quite... Read More

Four Fresh Reasons to Shop the Farmer’s Market

September 1, 2022 — The end of summer is a particularly great time to shop the local farmer’s market. Here are four reasons you should enjoy the bounty of the harvest at your nearest farmer’s market: Buy from your neighbors! There’s a reason it is sometimes called “community-supported agriculture.” When growers sell their produce themselves, they’re likely to take... Read More

8 Stress-Busting Tasks for Family Caregivers

August 15, 2022 — During the pandemic, the role of family caregivers has increased, experts report. Caring relatives and friends have spent many hours keeping older loved ones safe, providing hands-on care, transportation, shopping for their loved ones, and doing what they could to support elders in senior living communities during quarantine. They’ve even been providing more tech support... Read More

A Pack of Reasons to Quit Smoking

August 1, 2022 — Older Americans grew up in an era when smoking was portrayed as glamorous and sophisticated. Look through a stack of old magazines from the 50s and 60s and you are likely to find glossy full-page advertisements featuring doctors and nurses lighting up while they speak approvingly about the health benefits of a particular brand of... Read More

Spending Time in Nature Provides a Health Boost for Older Adults

July 15, 2022 — During the pandemic, many people quarantined in their homes and didn’t go out as much. On the other hand, public health experts told us that socializing outdoors was much safer than inside. Events from weddings to family nursing home visits to church services migrated outdoors as weather permitted. If you or an older loved one... Read More