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Sleep Lessons from Our Ancestors

Sleep Lessons from Our Ancestors With all the advances of modern medical science, it can still be useful to look at the health practices of our species over time. We evolved in a far different environment than most of us live in today, and our brains and bodies may not have caught up yet. Sleep… 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

Pet Safety for Older Adults

Pet Safety for Older Adults A February 2022 study from the University of Florida showed that when it comes to your memory health, your dog is indeed a very good boy! For that matter, your feline friends and even fish and turtles provide a brain boost. Sociology doctoral candidate Jennifer Applebaum led the study of… 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

Spring Cleaning? Think About Downsizing!

Spring Cleaning? Think About Downsizing! This is the time of year when we open the windows and let in the light. Time to give everything a good dusting and vacuuming! And while we’re at it, we might decide to do a little decluttering, as well. It’s good to keep up with that task over the… 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

Could My Loved One Have a Gambling Disorder?

Could My Loved One Have a Gambling Disorder? March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), this recognition week seeks to educate the public about gambling addiction, and help that is available. Problem gambling—also referred to as gambling disorders or gambling addiction—happen when a person becomes obsessed with… Read More

Does Aging Mean We Should Slow Down? Evolution Says No!

Does Aging Mean We Should Slow Down? Evolution Says No! The old cliché is that older adults should take it easy—maybe even take to their rocking chairs. Today, we know how wrong that is! “It’s a widespread idea in Western societies that as we get older, it’s normal to slow down, do less, and retire,”… Read More