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February Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

Older adults are susceptible to a number of eye conditions that can damage vision. These include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration, which according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is the most common cause of sight loss in people older than 50. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the deterioration of… Read More

A Chocoholic’s Q & A

Did you receive a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day? If you’re a chocolate fan, you’ve probably been happy to read medical research showing that chocolate can be a healthy food choice. But before you pop that third or fourth mocha truffle, here are some questions to ask: Q: I’ve heard that chocolate is healthy… Read More

A Great Valentine’s Day Gift: Better Health

During February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Gerontologists report that during the pandemic, older couples have been providing a great deal of support for each other’s well-being. At any time, the health of couples can be closely intertwined. For example, the American Heart Association reports that couples often share certain heart-health traits, such as blood pressure,… Read More

How Can We Avoid Spreading Health Misinformation?

Along with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been experiencing another epidemic—this one of misinformation! Spreading unsubstantiated rumors is never a good thing, and in the case of health information, it can be life-threatening. For most of us, it feels good to know we’re sharing factual, accurate information—but how can we be sure we really are? “Health… Read More

Self-Neglect Is an Underreported Type of Elder Abuse

During a visit to their hometown, Dan and Amy visited their great-aunt. Aunt Becky was glad to see them, but they were worried at what they saw in her home. Her usually spotless house was dirty and unkempt. Though she’d always taken pride in her wardrobe, her dress was dirty and torn. She seemed painfully… Read More

How Are Seniors Doing as the Pandemic Continues?

From the beginning of the pandemic, much attention has been paid to older adults, who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and who have faced isolation and an interruption to their regular activities as they practiced social distancing. Recent figures show that 75% of people who died from the virus are age… Read More

Did You Resolve to Lose Weight in 2022? Here’s Some Motivation!

Here’s a common question: “What’s your New Year’s resolution this year?” And a common answer: “To lose some weight … same as last year and, come to think of it, the year before!” It can be so hard to lose weight! If you’re facing this challenge, you’re not alone. More people in the U.S. are… Read More

Protect Your Heart All Day Long

Experts from Greece offer insights that could provide a heart health boost morning, noon and night! Give your morning repast a makeover Does what we eat for breakfast, and how much, make a difference in the health of our arteries? Dr. Sotirios Tsalamandris, a cardiologist at the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens, Greece, conducted… Read More

Insights from Finland About Senior Independence and Exercise

Finland is known for valuing healthy, active living. And did you know that with the exception of Japan, Finland has the fastest-growing percentage of older adults of any country? University researchers in Finland are drawing on many studies of its older population to learn the best ways to keep seniors healthy and independent. Since December 6… Read More

Experts Offer Health and Safety Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are here! Festive lights and music cheer us up during these darkest days of the year. We reunite with loved ones—either in person, or perhaps online, as many of us did last year. Unwrapping our heirloom decorations bathes us in pleasant nostalgia. Experts say the holidays are also a time to take extra… Read More