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A Pack of Reasons to Stop Smoking

A Pack of Reasons to Stop Smoking Older Americans grew up in an era when smoking was portrayed as glamorous and sophisticated. Look through a stack of old magazines from the 50s and 60s and you are likely to find glossy full-page advertisements featuring doctors and nurses lighting up while they speak approvingly about the… Read More

Controlling High Blood Pressure Is Good for the Brain

Controlling High Blood Pressure Is Good for the Brain During May, we have been celebrating National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Here is an important reason to learn more about hypertension. Why do older adults experience memory and thinking problems? For years, the assumption was that most dementia was caused by Alzheimer’s disease. But more… Read More

5 Ways Hearing Loss Raises the Risk of Dementia

5 Ways Hearing Loss Raises the Risk of Dementia Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK recently shared a startling statistic: Epidemiological studies show that untreated hearing loss is responsible for 10% of all cases of dementia. For some time, scientists have studied this connection. Research shows that certain underlying causes can cause both dementia… Read More

8 Questions to Ask Before Hospital Discharge

8 Questions to Ask Before Hospital Discharge The American Academy of Family Physicians recently reported that during the past two years, many patients have put off their medical care—a “side effect of the pandemic,” they call this delay. Hospitals were often overwhelmed, as well, creating another reason some care was postponed. But now, patients are… Read More

Arthritis and Rainy Weather: Is There a Connection?

Arthritis and Rainy Weather: Is There a Connection? April showers bring May flowers…and according to an old belief, they also bring a worsening of arthritis. Some people even claim they can predict rain when their joints ache. But is that true, or a myth? May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so let’s take a look… Read More

Does the Woodstock Generation Have a Drug Problem?

Does the Woodstock Generation Have a Drug Problem? Timothy Leary’s “turn on, tune in, drop out” … hippies passing around a joint at a music festival … rock bands taking drug-fueled “trips.” That’s the stereotype of the baby boomers, and several studies from 2022 suggest that many members of the generation—people born from 1946 to… Read More

Older Adults and Supplement Safety

Older Adults and Supplement Safety More than half of all older adults take dietary supplements. For the most part, these substances are not harmful. But there are several things older consumers should know: Supplements are largely unregulated, so there’s no real way to know what you’re buying, and whether it is safe. Supplements are not tested… Read More

February Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

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… Read More

A Great Valentine’s Day Gift: Better Health

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… Read More

How Can We Avoid Spreading Health Misinformation?

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… Read More