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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

Tai Chi Lowers the Risk of Falls … Among Other Benefits

— The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society recently confirmed that tai chi can be an excellent exercise to lower seniors’ risk of falling. Researchers from the University of Jaén in Spain examined the data from a number of studies, and reported: “There was high-quality evidence that tai chi significantly reduced the rate of falls by... Read More

Tips to Protect Your Family Members from Accidental Poisoning

— March 18–24, 2018 is National Poison Prevention Week. This event has been held annually since 1961 to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisoning from substances and environmental hazards. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, each year more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the nation’s poison centers—and 90 percent... Read More

“I’ll Sleep On It”: Seven Great Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

— March 11–17, 2018 Is Sleep Awareness Week Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, this recognition week is a great time to learn more about the many health benefits of getting enough quality sleep. Need some motivation? Here are several ways that adequate sleep keeps us healthier: Sleep may act as a “fountain of youth,” protecting... Read More

Free Screening of The Age of Love in Houston

— Free Screening of The Age of Love Documentary – The Age of Love follows the humorous and poignant adventures of thirty seniors in Rochester, NY who sign up for a first-of-a-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year olds. From anxious anticipation through the dates that follow, it’s an unexpected tale of intrepid seniors... Read More

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

Planning for Our Senior Years—It’s Never Too Soon!

— Maybe you’re looking to retire in the next few years. Or maybe you’re not sure you want to retire, but you want to be prepared for the unexpected, including age-related challenges. Studies show that today’s younger people have done very little planning for their senior years—but giving it some thought now makes it more likely... Read More

More Seniors Are Mixing Alcohol and Medications

— The National Institute on Aging says seniors should review their medications first, to prevent dangerous drug-alcohol interactions. As we grow older, we’re more likely to develop health conditions that can affect our quality of life. The medications we take help us manage these conditions. But medications often have side effects, either by themselves, or in... Read More

Top 10 Facts About Seniors and Food Safety

— Do you like to watch cooking shows? A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior suggests that the popularity of these programs might be one of the reasons that fewer Americans are taking precautions to avoid foodborne illness. According to researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, during the past decade,... Read More

Give Your New Year’s Resolutions a Jump Start

— A pep talk to help us stick to our healthy plans for 2017. So here we are, almost a month into 2017. Did you make a list of healthy New Year’s resolutions? Are you still feeling enthusiastic about your goals of exercising more, eating right, quitting smoking, lowering your stress level – whatever good intentions... Read More
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