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Tell Your Doctor About Alternative Medicine Practices

Today, many people are using health care approaches that are not considered to typically be part of conventional medical care. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), these products and practices fall into three categories: Complementary practices are used along with conventional medicine—for example, massage after surgery. Alternative medical practices are… Read More

International Day of Older Persons 2021 Focuses on Digital Equity

Every October 1 since 1990, the United Nations has honored older adults worldwide on the International Day of Older Persons. The theme each year draws attention to an important need faced by older adults. Not surprisingly, last year the spotlight was on the effect of a pandemic on elders. In previous years, themes included ageism,… Read More

Avoid an Appointment with Dr. Google

Do you “doomscroll”? That word was coined to describe a habit many of us have developed over the past few years, obsessively clicking on links to bad news in our social media feeds or online news sites. “The biology of our brains may play a role in that,” say researchers from Washington University School of… Read More

It’s Never Too Late to Learn Something New

Not so long ago, scientists thought we were born with all the brain cells we would ever have. But using modern brain imagery, neurologists now tell us that the brain can continue to grow new cells, even in our later years. This process, called neurogenesis, protects our memory. We can promote neurogenesis by eating and… Read More

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, 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 Heart Association that at the beginning of… Read More

Pandemic Quiet Provided a Contrast to Our Noisy Life

As stay-at-home orders went into place, 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 Heart Association that at the beginning of… 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

Vacationing With Your Senior Loved One

Last year at this time, few people were even considering hitting the road for a vacation. Even at the beginning of Summer 2021, there was some hesitation. But reports are that many people in the U.S. now are seeking to make up for lost time. Many flights are full again, and other people are hitting… 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