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Easter Egg Safety (and Year-Round)

— Easter eggs have been a tradition for a long time. But when it comes to the health benefits of eggs, research teams have been throwing eggs at one another’s studies for some time! Perhaps you’ve been following the ongoing debate? For years, dietitians recommended that people eat eggs only sparingly, as eggs are very high... Read More

Top Benefits to Companion Pets for Older Adults

— April 11 is National Pet Day The U.S. Census Bureau says that 68 percent of U.S. households today have a pet, and pets are a $15 billion industry. Most of us love being around animals—and many research studies show that owning a pet is beneficial for seniors. Here are some of the ways pets improve... Read More

“I Have a Cold … Or Could It Be The Pollen?”

— After a long, cold winter, spring is finally here! Who doesn’t enjoy getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful flowering trees and shrubs that signal the season? However, those flowers aren’t really growing for our aesthetic pleasure. Their job is to attract bees and other creatures to their pollen — and though the lovely blooms please... Read More

National Kidney Month: Two Little Organs That Do a Big Job

— March is National Kidney Month. During February, we celebrated National Heart Month, and this month we’re focusing on kidney health. It’s appropriate that these two recognition events are close together, because kidney health and heart health are closely related! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that damaged kidneys can put extra stress... Read More

Healthy Sleep for Healthy Aging

— March 10-16, 2019 Is National Sleep Awareness Week It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to experience a period wakefulness in the middle of the night. Maybe we wake up... Read More

The Mediterranean Diet Continues to Get High Marks

— March is National Nutrition Month—a great time to think about improving our dietary habits. Here’s a great way to start. For years, cardiovascular experts have endorsed the now well-known Mediterranean diet. Speaking for the Society for Vascular Surgery, Dr. C. Keith Ozaki notes, “There are components of the Mediterranean diet that are good for the... Read More

From Sitting to Moving … Make the Switch!

— Most of us know that exercise is a top factor in keeping us healthy as we grow older. Yet many well-intentioned, health-conscious older adults are unaware that even if they work out regularly, their health can still be harmed if they spend the rest of the day sitting around, whether it’s surfing the web while... Read More

Noise Pollution Can Harm Our Hearts

— By now, most people are aware that air pollution is very bad for our health. The carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, sulfur oxides and ozone from motor vehicles, power plants and factories all damage our hearts, lungs and brains. Yet we might be unaware of another danger lurking in the air around us: noise pollution.... Read More

“I Quit Smoking … But Now I’m Gaining Weight!”

— One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to quit smoking. A month into 2019, a certain percentage of smokers who resolved to become former smokers are still sticking with it. But some report that during January, they seem to have gained a few pounds. This is a common but frustrating turn of events... Read More

Avoiding Glaucoma, the “Sneak Thief of Sight”

— January Is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and if you’re a little behind in creating your New Year’s resolutions, getting an eye exam is a good one to add! According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), sponsor of this national event, more than 3 million people in America are living with some form of this disease,... Read More