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What About Those New Blood Pressure Recommendations?

ypertension (commonly called high blood pressure) means that the force of blood that pushes against the walls of our arteries is too high. Your healthcare provider measures your blood pressure with a special instrument, and records systolic pressure (your blood pressure during heartbeats) and your diastolic pressure (the pressure when your heart is resting between… Read More

“I’ll Sleep On It”: Seven Great Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

March 11–17, 2018 Is Sleep Awareness Week Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, this recognition week is a great time to learn more about the many health benefits of getting enough quality sleep. Need some motivation? Here are several ways that adequate sleep keeps us healthier: Sleep may act as a “fountain of youth,” protecting… Read More

Improving Couples Communication When One Partner Has Dementia

Today more than 35 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many live at home, while others live in a memory care community or other supported living environment. No matter where a person with Alzheimer’s lives, they likely receive a great deal of care and support from family members—and, say experts,… Read More

Exercise For a Healthier Heart: It’s Never Too Late

February is American Heart Month—a great time to consider whether we’re doing all we can to support cardiovascular wellness. Most people today are aware of the heart health benefits of physical activity. Walk by a gym window or any urban trail, and you’ll note that young people today are likely to make regular exercise part… Read More

Top Five Reasons Seniors Should Get a Flu Shot

Some seniors think shots are just for kids. They couldn’t be more wrong! Here are five reasons to get the flu shot right now. The flu is a serious illness. We sometimes talk about it as if it’s just a minor inconvenience, but at the very least, the fever, cough and body aches can make… Read More

As Memory Fades, Emotions Live On

If you have a friend or loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you might wonder whether the things you do with them have any benefit. “I took Mom out to lunch, and she doesn’t even remember,” sighed one daughter. But here’s some research that confirms what most caregivers sense: people with… Read More

Seniors and Epilepsy

More than three million people in America are living with epilepsy, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 500,000 of them are older than 65. Some of these seniors have lived with the condition for a long time, while others might have developed it in their later years, perhaps as… Read More

Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays

Have you noticed that more people are sending out holiday cards featuring their pets? Whether in a Santa hat, curled up under the Christmas tree, or posing with a menorah, our furry and feathered friends seem to be more and more a part of our family traditions. This is because pets are increasingly important members… Read More

Older Eyes: What’s Normal, What’s Not?

More than 142 million Americans are age 40 and older, and it is around age 40 that many people start to notice changes in their eyesight that increase as they get older. By 2030, it is predicted that more than 90 million people will be age 65 and older; one in six of these people… Read More

Quit Smoking at Any Age

Fewer Americans are smoking these days. That’s good news! But many older adults have smoked for most of their lives. Is it possible for them to kick the habit? A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco found that even people who have smoked for many years could quit with the right support…. Read More