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Quit Smoking at Any Age

Dec 15, 2017 — Fewer Americans are smoking these days. That’s good news! But many older adults have smoked for most of their lives. Is it possible for them to kick the habit? A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco found that even people who have smoked for many years could quit with the right support.... Read More

Top Five Reasons Seniors Should Get a Flu Shot

Dec 1, 2017 — December 3–9, 2017 is National Influenza Vaccination Week Every year around this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sends out a renewed call for most Americans to be immunized against the seasonal flu. Even though the general recommendation is to get your shot as soon as it’s available, usually during October, the... Read More

How’s Your AARC?

Oct 15, 2017 — How much time do we spend thinking about our own aging, and how does that affect our attitude about growing older? In 2009, the Journals of Gerontology looked at the concept of “awareness of age-related changes” (AARC), defined as “all those experiences that make a person aware that his or her behavior, level of performance,... Read More

October 15–December 7 Is Medicare Open Enrollment

Oct 1, 2017 — The National Council on Aging offers a checklist of five steps to help people with Medicare evaluate their coverage It’s that time of year again. Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Across the country, individuals with Medicare already have been bombarded with paperwork, sales pitches, and reminders, leaving many wondering where... Read More

More Seniors Than Ever, Says New Census Report

Sep 1, 2017 — In June 2017, the United States Census Bureau released a population estimate showing that we have more seniors than at any other time in history. Census expert Peter Borsella explains that the aging of the baby boomers, who started turning 65 in 2011, is what’s behind this trend. Said demographer Lauren Medina, “Our country’s demographic... Read More

Four Myths About Seniors and Oral Health

Aug 15, 2017 — As we grow older, tooth and gum problems are more common. Some seniors think it’s inevitable that they’ll lose some or all of their teeth, or have chronic gum disease. But good oral hygiene and oral care lowers the risk of dental problems—so important because we know today that poor oral health is linked with... Read More

Don’t Use a Kitchen Spoon to Measure Medications

Aug 1, 2017 — When it comes to the medicines we take, it’s so important to take the correct dose. Too much and we might experience an overdose and dangerous side effects. Too little, and the drug might not work as intended. With pills and capsules, it’s mainly a matter of remembering to take the right number every day... Read More

Are You Sunscreen Savvy?

Jul 15, 2017 — Summer is in full swing! Maybe you’ve ventured into the great outdoors, only to suffer your first sunburn of the season. If you forgot your sunscreen, you are among the majority of Americans who don’t use sunscreen properly—or at all. The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) report that few people... Read More

Help Seniors Break the Cycle of Poor Health and Loneliness

Jul 1, 2017 — Loneliness is a serious health problem for older adults. Studies over the past decade have found that feeling isolated can cause depression, raise our blood pressure, suppress our immune system, hasten the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, and increase the perception of pain. Lonely people are less likely to exercise or eat a nutritious diet. A... Read More