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Do Your Brain a Favor—Spend More Time with Others

Much recent research has shed light on what’s been called an “epidemic” of loneliness among seniors. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that 25% of older adults reported feeling lonely. We know that loneliness is a health problem—experts have called it “as bad for our health as smoking or obesity.” In particular,… Read More

Managing and Preventing the Complications of Diabetes

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

Studies Confirm Sensory Loss Raises Risk of Dementia

Vision problems, hearing loss, and a diminished sense of touch, taste and smell all become more common as we grow older. And so do Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Is there a connection? Scientists have long suspected that there is, and recent studies are helping to explain it. In September 2019, University of… Read More

Experts Offer New Insights into Senior Driving Safety

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries through research and education. The foundation has conducted many studies on older drivers, with the two-fold mission of extending the driving years of older adults, while ensuring they are safe drivers during those years. The emphasis… Read More

Preventing Suicide Among Older Adults

September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Suicide among younger people receives a lot of media attention. But did you know that the suicide rate is highest among older adults? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47,173 people in the U.S. took their lives in 2017, and 8,568 of them were older… Read More

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