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Hosting the Holidays When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

Whether your family celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other winter holidays, you are probably making plans right now for the festivities. If you are caring for a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of memory loss, some advance preparation can help things go smoothly. Before the visit If you are the family… Read More

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What Are the Complications of Seasonal Flu, and Who’s at Higher Risk?

December 1–7, 2019 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, there is still time to take advantage of this important protection. We see reminders every year of the importance of getting our flu shot. The flu is pretty miserable, and who wants that? Experts also tell us that the more people… Read More

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“Portion Distortion” Can Pack on the Pounds

When tourists from other countries visit the U.S., they are often surprised by the size of portions in restaurants. In many countries, it is considered rude to ask for a “doggie bag.” That is partly a difference in custom, but it’s also because restaurants in our country tend to serve huge portions, more than a… Read More

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Man’s Best Personal Trainer?

The older we get, the harder it can be to motivate ourselves to be physically active. Maybe we keep a chart, or post affirming sticky notes around the house, reward a good workout with a little treat, or join a group of friends in an exercise program. But the best motivator? A recent study published… Read More

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Falls Raise a Senior’s Risk of a Car Accident

Falls and car accidents are two common causes of serious injuries in older adults, and can lead to disability, loss of independence and even death. Experts note that certain common health conditions and normal changes of aging raise the risk of both falls and car crashes. It makes sense that reduced body strength and flexibility,… Read More

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Can Skin Care Products Really “Turn Back Aging”?

A celebrity touts the miraculous “fountain of youth” properties of an expensive face cream. A pop-up ad claims that “plastic surgeons don’t want you to know about this product that would put them out of business”! Dramatic before-and-after photos in the back of a gossip magazine show an elderly woman with a face of wrinkles,… Read More

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More Seniors Than Ever, Says New Census Report

In June 2017, the United States Census Bureau released a population estimate showing that we have more seniors than at any other time in history. Census expert Peter Borsella explains that the aging of the baby boomers, who started turning 65 in 2011, is what’s behind this trend. Said demographer Lauren Medina, “Our country’s demographic… Read More

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Resolve to Have a Better Attitude About Aging

Those of us in the field of aging have seen a big change in the ways we think and talk about growing older. There’s been a movement toward empowerment, toward helping everyone remain as independent, active and engaged as possible, even as they face physical and intellectual challenges. With our increased longevity, this is so… Read More

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Top Ten Healthy Aging Resolutions for 2016

Seniors, people who provide care for seniors, and people who are looking ahead to their own senior years will want to add a few of these great ideas to their list of resolutions. The New Year is the traditional time when many of us are motivated to make positive changes in our lives. Why not… Read More

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Living With Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 50 million Americans are living with arthritis. It is the most common disease in people over the age of 65, and approximately half of the population of that age has some form of the disease. It affects all race and ethnic groups, and is… Read More

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