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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

To Create Memories, Put Down Your Camera and Pick up a Pen!

January 3, 2021 — These days, more and more people have a smartphone—and most of those phones come equipped with a camera. It’s become our impulse to whip out our phone or digital camera to take a photo of anything interesting we see. But a number of experts say that relying on our devices to do all the remembering... Read More

Seven Great Ways to Protect Your Immune System

December 18, 2020 — During 2020, prevention has been top of mind for many of us! Though we can and should be immunized against seasonal influenza (“the flu”), a vaccine for COVID-19 isn’t available yet. The tools at our disposal for lowering our risk include wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing. Many of us also are thinking of... Read More

More Than Ever Before, Family Caregivers Need Our Help

December 1, 2020 — During 2020, there’s been much focus on societal inequalities. Many people have been discussing the impact of racial, cultural, gender and economic discrimination on populations both in this country and around the world. Yet often overlooked in the conversation is another group: the sector of our society who are caring for aging loved ones or... Read More

Pandemic Precautions Challenge Those With Hearing Loss

November 22, 2020 — October was National Audiology Awareness Month, and audiologists recently shared some important warnings for people who are living with hearing loss. Audiologists are health care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss. They prescribe and fit hearing aids and other devices. The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) recently reported that seniors who use... Read More