Category: Aging

Caregiver Resources Increasing

Healthy aging can be a difficult topic for caregivers, especially those who are seniors themselves. Fortunately, caregiving resources are increasing. With a combination of in-person and online support, caregivers can get support for the many challenges they face. The Challenges and Rewards of Caregiving – Rush Memorial Hospital The “Home Alone Alliance”  Multiple senior-focused organizations, […]

Hearing Aids Have Come a Long Way

Hearing aids have come a long way in the last few years. Here are a few of the new features that are available:   Hearing aids continue to shrink in size and comfort is improving.   Some hearing aids have built-in blue tooth capabilities. These can connect directly to phones and streaming services.   Some hearing aids […]

Winter Heart Attack Risks

Heart attacks increase during the winter months for a number of reasons.  Understanding where winter heart risks come from can make it easier to enjoy a safe and heart healthy winter. Cold  When winter comes, the temperature begins to drop. As the weather approaches 32 F, the muscles in our blood vessels start to constrict, […]

Exercise Reduces Risk of Dementia 

Some of the best news to come out of recent research is the discovery that exercise can reduce the risk of dementia in those with a family history of it. In fact, researchers can now estimate just how much exercise is needed to make a difference.  How many steps make a difference? Recently, researchers in […]

Are Alzheimer’s and Dementia Preventable?

While researchers have spent many years looking for a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia, they still have not found one. As the search for a cure continues, some researchers have chosen to focus on prevention. They are looking for early lifestyle changes that may decrease the likelihood of getting these diseases in the first place. […]

Helping the Grieving Caregiver

Giving a caregiver advice on how to cope with grief is a bit like telling someone at a funeral that you’re sorry for their loss. Neither one is very helpful, but then, neither is silence. There is no way to tell someone how to move past the wound of loss when they spend every  day […]

6 Ways to Give a Caregiver a Break 

The life of a caregiver can be very difficult, particularly if they are in a 24/7 caregiving situation. Even if their commitment is only parttime, it can be very hard for them to get some time to themselves. If you’d like to help out, here are a few things you can do to make their […]

Cartilage-Nature’s WD-40

There is an old saying “If it moves and shouldn’t use duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use WD-40.” If you want to understand osteoarthritis, think of cartilage as nature’s WD-40.   When your bones move against one another at your joints, cartilage works like lubrication. When you are missing cartilage, like a […]

People Live Longer in “Blue Zones”

In 2004 researchers identified five areas in the world where people enjoyed significantly longer life spans. In these areas, known as “Blue Zones”, people not only lived longer, they also remained active, healthy and independent longer.   The “blue zones” are: Okinawa, Japan Sardinia, Italy Nicoya, Costa Rica Ikaria, Greece Loma Linda, California Researchers noticed […]

When Parents Downsize (or Not)

Downsizing is a logical step for many seniors, but rarely a welcome one. For younger people, moving is often associated with bigger and better things: a new job, a better location, room for a new baby, etc. For aging seniors, moving tends to be associated with less welcome changes: deteriorating health, less energy to take […]