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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

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

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

When It Comes to Fall Prevention, Plan Ahead!

February 4, 2019 — We plan for health care during our senior years. We strategize our retirement finances. We make a plan about where to live, and how to remain socially connected. But there’s one other thing we might have forgotten. A new study shows that having a plan for preventing falls is also very important! In 2018, a... Read More

Inoculate Yourself Against Phony Flu Products

November 7, 2018 — Last year’s flu season was unusually severe. This year—which is incidentally the 100th anniversary of the devastating 1918 Spanish flu pandemic—it’s important to pay attention to the dangers of seasonal influenza. The flu can be a serious illness for people of every age, and older adults are at highest risk of dangerous, even fatal, complications.... Read More

Balance Problems Raise the Risk of Falls

September 26, 2018 — Falling is a big senior health issue! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 percent of older adults will fall this year, and many will suffer brain damage, a hip fracture or other broken bone—injuries that can be fatal, or so serious that a senior never recovers their independence. Why do... Read More

The Benefit of Stretching: It’s More Than You Thought

August 23, 2018 — Most of us know we should do some stretches before exercising. Some people begin their routine by holding a series of poses; others use specific movements that stretch the muscles. Stretching helps warm up our muscles and limber our joints so we’ll be less likely to injure ourselves during our workout. Stretching after an exercise... Read More