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Why Many Avoid the Conversation About Alzheimer’s Disease

— University of Michigan experts recently released a study titled “Thinking About Brain Health,” in which they polled people in their 50s and early 60s about their thoughts about dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. They found that people worry about memory loss a lot. Almost 50% of the people polled believed that they themselves were likely to... Read More

At Every Age, We Want to Make a Difference

— Seniors have a lifetime of wisdom to share—and yet, say experts, today’s older adults may have few opportunities to do so! Said University of Toronto professor Markus Schafer, “While the average 65-year-old may well have more wisdom than the average 30-year-old, the latter typically has more opportunity for actually dispensing advice.” This lack of opportunity... 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 grandchildren are part of the 25% whose grandparents provide childcare all year long? Studies show caring for grandchildren provides many healthy... Read More

Safer Walking for Senior Pedestrians

— Most of us know that exercise is a—if not the—top way to promote healthy aging. A good exercise program for seniors includes aerobic, muscle strengthening and balance activities. And it’s good to know that walking is a great way to get benefits in all those categories. But experts warn that walking around the sidewalks of our... 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

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

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

Here Comes the Sun! Are You Ready for It?

— 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

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

Eight Myths and Facts About Strokes

— May is National Stroke Awareness Month. When it comes to stroke, what you don’t know can hurt you! Here are some commonly held myths about stroke: Myth #1: The symptoms of stroke are all the same. Let’s start with this one, because recognizing the symptoms of stroke and getting prompt medical attention is so important!... Read More