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For a Younger Brain, Eat More Leafy Greens

Is your garden still going strong? Maybe you walk by the local farmers market every week, but never stop in? Or maybe you speed through the produce section at your grocery store, grabbing only a few oranges and bananas and completely ignoring the colorful palette of leafy greens we can buy these days? Here’s some… Read More

Seven Great Reasons Seniors Should Add More Music to Their Lives

Every human culture has a musical tradition. Why do we love music? If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that among all the many noises in the world, we perceive certain tones, patterns and intervals as “music”? Brain scientists continue to study this uniquely human mystery, and now they are even using advanced imaging… Read More

Making an Emergency Preparation Plan? Don’t Forget Heat Waves!

This is the time of year when our attention turns to natural disasters. The U.S. has already experienced our first hurricane this year. Summer brings tornadoes throughout the nation’s midsection. And a series of earthquakes recently struck the West. Time to make our emergency preparation kit and plan our evacuation route, just in case! But… Read More

Babysitting the Grandkids This Summer?

Working parents scramble to find childcare once school is out. Maybe you are babysitting your grandchildren during summer vacation. Maybe they’ve come for an extended visit? Or maybe it’s business as usual if your grandkids are part of the 25% whose grandparents provide childcare all year long? Studies show caring for grandkids provides many healthy… Read More

Study Urges Doctors to Consider “Symptom Burden” in Older Patients

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 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 recede, sensitive areas of the teeth not covered by… Read More

Meeting the Needs of LGBT Seniors With Dementia

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

Surprising Things That Can Damage Our Hearing

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month—a great time to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our ears. Recent studies confirm that hearing loss can lead to: Social isolation Depression Falls and other injuries Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease Economic instability Hearing loss is often due to changes in our ears as we grow… Read More

When a Loved One Hoards

Many of us get the spring cleaning impulse this time of year. Out go old possessions that don’t “spark joy,” as organizing guru Marie Kondo would say. But for some people, asking if an item “sparks joy” is futile—because they are tied emotionally to all their possessions, even items others would consider useless. For people… Read More

Meet Your Kidneys: Two Little Organs That Do a Big Job

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that damaged kidneys can put extra stress on the heart—and indeed, people with kidney disease are much more likely to die from heart disease than from kidney failure. They’re also at higher risk for hypertension and stroke. Our kidneys aren’t very large; each is about the… Read More