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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

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

Surprising Things That Can Damage Our Hearing

— May is Better Speech and Hearing Month—a great time to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our ears. Recent studies confirm that hearing loss can lead to: Social isolation Depression Falls and other injuries Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease Economic instability Hearing loss is often due to changes in our ears as we grow... Read More

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