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Getting Your Inner Caveman Off the Couch

— The Flintstones had all sorts of humorous labor-saving devices—a dinosaur lawn mower, a mastodon vacuum cleaner and so forth. But in reality, our ancient ancestors worked hard to survive. Anthropologists tell us this might be why it’s so hard to get ourselves moving, even if we know that physical activity is healthy for us. Are... Read More

Pandemic Quiet Provided a Contrast to Our Noisy Life

— As stay-at-home orders went into place over the past year and a half, the streets were virtually deserted. Businesses and industries suspended production. Airlines canceled flights. Live music at bars and concert arenas ceased. Even the 4th of July fireworks were called off. That resulted in a quieter world! Massachusetts General Hospital cardiologist told the American... Read More

Pop-Quiz On Your Medications: How Much Do You Know?

— Prescription and nonprescription drugs help seniors manage a variety of health conditions. They preserve both life and quality of life. Of course, they only work if we take them properly. How much do you know about your medications? True or False? If my doctor prescribes a drug, and then I start to feel better, it’s OK... Read More

Are Your Eyes Feeling Dry?

— This summer, smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. has traveled many miles, spreading over much of the country. Even people who live far away from the conflagrations are reporting eye discomfort. Ophthalmologists say that anyone can suffer eye irritation from this smoke, but it is especially bothersome for patients who have dry eye syndrome,... Read More

Eight Questions About Seniors and Dehydration

— This summer, much of the country has been suffering under the blistering heat. High temperatures are especially dangerous for older adults, and dehydration is one of the big factors when they experience heat-related illness. Yet even during cooler times of the year, older adults are at risk of having a less than optimal level of... Read More

Feeling Pandemic Brain Fatigue? You’re Not Alone!

— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to update their guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. “COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick,” the experts report. “Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can do things that they had stopped doing because of... Read More

Even on the Cellular Level, Heat Waves Hurt Seniors

— A few weeks into the official beginning of summer, most areas of the U.S. have experienced blistering temperatures. The “heat dome” brought record-breaking temperatures across the West, and many other locales have been sweltering, even those that are usually fairly immune from extreme heat, such as Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. We might not think... Read More

Reduce Your Stress By Resolving Conflict

— You’ve probably heard the old adage that couples shouldn’t go to bed angry. This advice could apply to other relationships as well, according to a new study from Oregon State University (OSU). The study authors also say older adults are better at heeding this advice than are younger people. The research team reports that after... Read More

Communication With a Loved One Who Is Living With Alzheimer’s Disease

— June Is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. This is a time that we focus on the 50 million people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease—and also on the many millions of family members and friends who are supporting their well-being. Family caregiving is hard work, especially when a loved one is living with memory loss.... Read More

Set a Good Example on Father’s Day

— June 20 is Father’s Day. June 14 – 20, 2021 is Men’s Health Week, and men are urged to focus on their health at this time—and to set a good example for the younger generation. How are men in the U.S. doing when it comes to serving as role models for the health of their... Read More
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