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 […]

Winter Heart Attack Risks

  • Man conforting woman with chest pain

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 […]

Exercise Reduces Risk of Dementia 

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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 […]

Are Alzheimer’s and Dementia Preventable?

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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 […]

Cartilage-Nature’s WD-40

  • Woman with joint pain in her knee

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 […]

People Live Longer in “Blue Zones”

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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 […]

When Parents Downsize (or Not)

  • Couple downsizing and holding boxes

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 […]

Avocados are Good for Your Skin

  • Woman holding an avocado in a kitchen

Avocados, also known as alligator pears, are nutrient rich, high fat fruits that grow on trees in tropical and Mediterranean climates. Avocados contain Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from  damage by free radicals. Vitamin E is also anti-imflammatory and helps protect your skin from sun damage.  […]

Healthy Aging: Strength Training and Osteoporosis 

  • older couple exercising in gym

Many of us associate strength training with weightlifting bodybuilders working on their six-packs. Strength training, however, can be beneficial for almost everyone. When people stick to it, strength training can help prevent multiple chronic illnesses, including osteoporosis.   Osteoporosis, which causes a decrease in bone mass and an increase in […]