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Brain Health: What Really Works?

March 5, 2020 — Polls show that when it comes to aging, worrying about memory loss is a top concern of Americans. A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation found that nearly half of middle-age residents of the U.S. think they’re at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or another type of... Read More

Opioid Medications Raise the Risk of Falls

February 20, 2020 — You’ve no doubt read of the terrible opioid epidemic that is ruining—and taking—so many lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 40 people die each day from an overdose of opioid medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine. Experts say the average life expectancy in the U.S. has even dropped slightly... Read More

How to Treat a Winter Cold

February 7, 2020 — It’s that time of year when our nose can be as red as Rudolph’s! Researchers have various theories about why we’re more likely to catch the common cold in the winter. One reason is that all the holiday travel and activities raise our odds of encountering those germs. What should older adults do if they... Read More

For Seniors, Mental Health Treatment Supports Physical Health

January 17, 2020 — As we grow older, we are more likely to be living with chronic health conditions. Heart disease, arthritis, vision and hearing loss, diabetes and many other illnesses all can take a toll on our quality of life, so it’s not surprising that many seniors who are living with health challenges are also dealing with depression,... Read More

Managing and Preventing the Complications of Diabetes

November 4, 2019 — November is National Diabetes Month. This year’s theme is “Take Diabetes to Heart,” reflecting the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is only one of the health problems made worse by diabetes. Read on to learn more. More than 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, a disease that happens... 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

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

Diabetes Is a Family Matter

December 4, 2018 — When it comes to diabetes, family matters in two very important ways: Families often share the risk of diabetes. Knowing your family history is important. Create a family health history. Who in your family is living with diabetes? How about grandparents and great-grandparents? This information can encourage family members to be tested for diabetes, because... Read More

Helping Senior Loved Ones Feel Connected During the Holidays

December 4, 2018 — Recent studies confirm that loneliness is a serious issue for older adults today. The health impact of social isolation rivals obesity and even smoking. Loneliness raises the risk of heart disease, depression, sleep problems, stroke, hypertension and dementia, and can shorten life. The holidays are considered a time of comfort and joy, when families get... Read More