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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

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

Pain Insights That Are Especially Relevant Today

November 3, 2020 — Pain isn’t “all in your head,” as some people dismissively say. However, the way we think about our pain can make a big difference! In August 2020, a research team from Penn State University Center for Healthy Aging published a study on pain “catastrophizing.” They defined “catastrophizing” as “feeling an exaggerated helplessness or hopelessness” about... Read More

Doctors Report Increase in “Broken Heart Syndrome”

October 20, 2020 — Every so often, we read a poignant news story about a couple, married for years, who pass away only a few days apart. “His wife died from a stroke, and he died of a broken heart,” the story might go. Though that is just a saying, there actually is something to it, report cardiologists. According... Read More

Poison Control Reminders for the Pandemic

September 20, 2020 — Protecting older adults Medication management can be challenging, and as older adults are quarantining at this time, many lack the support they usually have to ensure they’re taking their prescription drugs at the right time, in the right way. Here are some tips: Have a system to help remember when to take medications. This could... Read More

The Right Car for Senior Drivers

September 5, 2020 — As we grow older, we experience changes that can make it less safe to drive. Eye diseases, arthritis and memory problems can make it harder to steer, react and make good decisions behind the wheel. Even routine age-related changes in vision, reflexes and flexibility might put us at greater risk of an accident. As seniors... Read More